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Farm Radio Weekly

Finding effective ways to improve your farming

Welcome to another bumper issue of Farm Radio Weekly! In issue #295, we feature stories on cotton farmers in Cameroon, exotic chickens in Uganda, and a Maasai community radio station in Tanzania.

Semi-arid northern Cameroon suffers extended annual dry periods. These conditions have left farmers with degraded and infertile soils. Now some farmers have started to use minimum tillage techniques to conserve moisture and restore fertility.

Northern Ugandans have been excited about the benefits of exotic breeds of chickens. But caring for and feeding the birds has exasperated some of the less experienced farmers and chased them from the market. As the supply of eggs drops, the price is going up, and some farmers can expect to cash in!

Community radio stations are popular with their listeners, though Tanzanian authorities are not keen on local language broadcasts. A new community station has been granted permission to broadcast to the Maasai community in the north of the country. The station caters to the needs of local people and brings friends together to listen.

It can be difficult to find effective ways to engage communities in dialogue. Radio stations have a responsibility to identity possible areas of friction and address them appropriately. Have a look at the Resource section, where you’ll find links to a handy online guide to communication strategies.

Keep those airwaves buzzing!

– the Farm Radio Weekly team

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