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Farming tales: Beating the odds

Are you sitting comfortably? Welcome to Farm Radio Weekly issue #307! This edition of the Weekly brings you two stories of people who discovered that farming was the key to a profitable and productive life. And there’s the curious tale of the robberies in the night …

The responsibility of providing for the family fell on Said Bacar’s shoulders after his father died. After picking up work wherever he could find it and struggling to feed his mother and siblings, he struck upon a solution – bananas!

Agnes Kandodo had to move to the countryside when she could no longer afford to live in the city. But the Malawian widow chose to farm and has since built her fortune by growing and selling cassava to a ready market.

A Malian radio show host and farmer set a trap in his watermelon field – and caught some thieves! The resourceful presenter had noticed that his crops were disappearing in the night and set out to investigate their fate. Find out how he did it in Mamadou Cissé and the watermelon thieves.

There are two important International Days coming up next week. October 16 is World Food Day, and this week’s Resource section is dedicated to providing information and resources to help you program the Day into your schedule. Our next issue, #308, will be dedicated to the International Day of Rural Women, on October 15. Stay tuned for related stories and resources!

If you want to contribute a story to Farm Radio Weekly, please contact Innousa Maïga (bureauarh@farmradio.org) for stories in French, or Mark Ndipita (bureau.chief@farmradiotz.org) for stories in English. It’s always good to hear from you!

Have a bountiful and safe week,

-the Farm Radio Weekly team

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