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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

Ebola, pollution and communication

A hearty welcome to Farm Radio Weekly issue #301! In this edition, we present stories about threats and opportunities facing African farmers in their everyday lives.

Sierra Leone is one of the West African countries currently experiencing an outbreak of Ebola. Many farmers are leaving their crops to rot as fear of the disease forces them to abandon their farms.

Tests have shown that the irrigation water used by farmers on their vegetable crops near Bulawayo in Zimbabwe is polluted by high levels of sewage. Will the farmers find other methods to collect water, or will they be forced to grow other crops?

In the second of our two-part series which highlights the writing of our Bureau Chiefs, Mark Ndipita reports on how text messages are being used to supplement extension services. Widow Alice Kachere has improved her harvests and become a lead farmer in her village.

Do farmers in your listening area have problems with their water supplies? Read the Script of the Week below to give yourself ideas on how to raise the subject with your listeners.

Have a safe and peaceful week!

-the Farm Radio Weekly team

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