Date Posted: May 29th, 2012
This week’s first story from Kenya celebrates World Environment Day, to be marked on June 5. It focuses on Kwela Kwela Cultural Inn, a restaurant-hotel-cultural venue which is operated entirely with harvested rainwater. The owner found that he could save a great deal of money by harvesting rainwater, rather than paying women to collect and carry water from a distant river. It conserves and protects the environment at the same time as saving him money.
Our second story talks about a relatively common occurrence: a market glut. Spurred by the success of recent onion crops, an increasing number of Nigerien farmers are growing the vegetable. In combination with improved yields and unsold stock from last season’s crop, the market is now flooded with onions. As a result, farmers are forced to accept very low onion prices.
Our last story tells of the destruction that a recent storm brought to villages in the Comoros Islands. Government officials estimate that 46,000 people were affected by the storm, and that 90% of crop production has been lost.
In this week’s Action section, we announce a free 11-week online course offered by Farm Radio International, in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning. The course is offered to radio broadcasters in sub-Saharan Africa, and focuses on designing a regular (daily or weekly) farmer program to serve small-scale farmers. It will be offered in English and begin in September 2012. See below for more details.
-The Farm Radio Weekly team