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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

Challenges to Africa’s farmers, and finding a niche market

Thank you for scanning your inbox and opening this latest edition of Farm Radio Weekly. In issue #309, we present stories about challenges facing farmers, on both the local and the national scale, and a story from Congo-Brazzaville about a farmer who found the root to success: turnips!

After the death of a parent, young farmers can be adversely affected when inheritance customs divide the family farm into small plots. Some countries have laws which establish a minimum size for farms, but making a living from a tiny plot is tough.

Farmers in Burkina Faso’s Sahel region often find it challenging to grow enough food for the year. Drought-tolerant crops like millet are staple foods in these semi-arid lands, but millet farmers near the northern town of Aribinda are facing a new problem: hungry birds.

There are many landless farmers. Forced to grow on abandoned or unused land, they are constantly at risk of eviction. But one family in Congo-Brazzaville is catering to immigrants with a taste for turnips, and turning profits from the crop into land of their own!

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Have a safe and peaceful week,

-the Farm Radio Weekly team

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