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Reclaiming land; rethinking crops. And, the bat: friend or foe?

Welcome to issue #245 of Farm Radio Weekly. This issue presents stories from Cameroon, Zimbabwe and Ghana.

Good news from Cameroon! Against the current tide of land-grabbing, the government is reviewing its policies on leasing land to large companies at the expense of small-scale farmers. Some growers are back on their land. But will they be able to own it?

Farmers in Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland North province face diminishing rains. Some have decided to grow drought-tolerant crops which were not planted traditionally. The farmers still face challenges, but there is hope that small-grained cereals such as sorghum and millet can change their fortunes.

A story from Ghana features the “Bats of 37 Military Hospital.” Bats are often hunted for food, disturbed by human activities, and killed because of misconceptions about the diseases they can carry. But bats play essential roles as natural pollinators and insect predators.

Are you a journalist who covers health issues? A competition is looking for the best recent stories. Read more in the event section.

Keep broadcasting!

-The Farm Radio Weekly team

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