Date Posted: June 11th, 2012
A group of Rwandan pineapple farmers first joined together in 2006, and have now diversified into other crops, including sweetpotatoes. The farmers’ co-operative is building a factory to process the vitamin A-rich orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes into cakes, bread and biscuits.
Our second story comes from Burkina Faso, where a thirty-year-old women’s group has become the first group to receive a certificate of land ownership. While the certificate does not confer all the ownership benefits as a title deed, it does provide some much needed security for the 100-member group.
Yohane Kachipinde is a Malawian farmer who grows pumpkins as a cash crop. Several years ago, he moved to the capital city from an area which was 50 kilometres distant from any market. These two good decisions – growing pumpkins as a cash crop and moving closer to a market – have resulted in a more secure livelihood for Mr. Kachipinde and his family.
Don’t miss our Action section this week, where we report on the 2nd week of our Radio and ICT Officers training in Arusha, Tanzania. This week, participants received hands-on training on how to use an exciting new radio automation system called GRINS.
We will take a publishing break next week, but look out for the next issue on June 26th.
-The Farm Radio Weekly team