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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.

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International Day of Rural Women: Celebrate women farmers!

Welcome to Farm Radio Weekly. In issue #308, we bring you three stories which celebrate the role of women in rural communities.

In the first of our two stories from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Miriam Mutokambali is now helping her family recover from the effects of war by selling what she had previously considered a worthless by-product – cassava leaves.

East African banana farmers are responding to the devastating effect of bacterial wilt in different ways. Rosette M’Chentwali uprooted her banana trees and planted vegetables instead. Now she is not only feeding her family, but her village too!

A women’s collective in Kenya discovered a solution to the problem of birds eating their sorghum – sunflowers! The bright yellow, seed-filled plants are more attractive to the feathered thieves than the cereal, and the women are profiting from higher sorghum yields.

October 15 is the International Day of Rural Women. Our Event section features links to help you plan a show about the Day.

This week’s Resource section contains links to clear and concise information on Ebola. Please use the information to prepare informative broadcasts for your listeners.

Keep your airwaves buzzing!

-the Farm Radio Weekly team

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