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Opportunities, threats, and the future of African farming

Greetings! In issue #288, you will find stories aboutbiofortified crops, albinism, and the challenges of attracting young Africans to farming.

One of the biggest problems that impoverished people face is ensuring that their diets contain the full range of vitamins and minerals essential for healthy living. One solution is to grow crops that are better sources of these nutrients. Our story highlights a Tanzanian businessman who seized the opportunity to cash in on orange–fleshed sweet potatoes.

People living with albinism often face serious problems from exposure to the sun. This can be particularly serious for African albinos whose livelihoods depend on farming. Now the Liberia Albino Society is campaigning for help to protect themselves against skin cancer.

Unless more young people can be persuaded to take up the family business, the future of African agriculture is under threat. Entrepreneurs are needed in any industry and farming is no exception. Is enough being done to persuade young Africans to stay in their fields rather than migrate to cities?

Our Script of the week looks at how to persuade young peopleto believe that staying at home is preferable to migrating to cities. The two-part script presents an opportunity to raise thisissue with young people and create an ongoing radio series based on their experiences in your listening communities.

Everyone needs support and guidance. But it is essential to find out exactly what kind of support and guidance people want and need.

Keep your finger on the pulse of your communities.​

-The Farm Radio Weekly team

One Response to “Opportunities, threats, and the future of African farming”

  1. Mas Car Go » Opportunities, threats, and the future of African farming Says:

    […] Opportunities, threats, and the future of African farming Greetings! In issue #288, you will find stories aboutbiofortified crops, albinism, and the challenges of attracting young Africans to farming. One of the biggest problems that impoverished people face is ensuring that their diets contain the full range of vitamins and minerals essential for healthy living. One solution is to grow crops that are better sources of these nutrients. Our story highlights a Tanzanian businessman who seized the opportunity to cash in on orange–fleshed […] Tanzania: Radio plants seed in farmers’ minds (by Adam Bemma, for Farm Radio Weekly) Sitting in traffic can be tedious. But 53-year-old businessman Loiruki Mollel uses the time to listen to the radio. He tunes in to Kilimo chetu [Our farming] on Radio Maria 89.1 FM as he manoeuvres his way through traffic in Dar es Salaam. Mr. Mollel had read a newspaper story about the health benefits of the orange-fleshed sweet potato, or OFSP, and was intrigued. He remembers: […] Liberia: Albino farmers’ urgent cry for help (by Prince Collins, for Farm Radio Weekly) Musu Morris plants cassava under the bright, hot sun. She is worried about her skin. Mrs. Morris and other albino farmers in Liberia not only face discrimination because of their lack of pigmentation; they also suffer from higher rates of skin cancer. Mrs. Morris says: “We need help right now. Not tomorrow but now. We are dying from skin cancer. Our government is […] Africa: Young people not attracted to agriculture (IPS) Ketsela Negatu refuses to follow in his father’s footsteps. The 19-year-old son of an Ethiopian goat herder lives near Addis Ababa. His negative view of the family business grew from seeing his father’s struggles. Mr. Negatu says, “I’ll go into town and try to find work … I want to find a job that pays more money […] FRW news in brief Farm Radio Weekly has a new trial resource for you: Farmer news briefs. These are stories from across the continent which have been adapted from print or online sources and are suitable for use in your regular farm radio program. Read them, edit them, broadcast them, localize them, or simply use them as background info. […]   […]

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