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Farm Radio Weekly is a news and information service for rural radio broadcasters in sub-Saharan Africa. It is published by Farm Radio International.

Farm Radio Weekly

Good business, bad markets, and serious land issues

Welcome to Issue #297! This edition of Farm Radio Weekly brings you stories from the Comoros Islands, Zimbabwe and Senegal.

Youssouf Mmadi grew up farming, and was put in control of the family farm after his father died. However, his young head was already ripe for business and he has brought his family prosperity and a blossoming future.

Zimbabwean maize farmers welcomed the good rains, thinking they would be able to cash in at the markets. But bumper yields have driven down prices, and late payments from the state buyer have forced farmers to look for other sources of income or to sell their stocks for ready, but petty, cash.

Small-scale farmers in Senegal are angry that private companies are buying up common land to create commercial farming enterprises. Many are disappointed that outsiders have promised much but delivered little. Will the new government be able to protect farmers’ traditional rights of communal ownership?

The Script of the week highlights a Farm Radio International how-to guide: if you want to make good intros, extros and promos for your agricultural program (and for other subjects, too!), check out the Script section below.

We wish you a happy and peaceful week,

the Farm Radio Weekly team

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