Date Posted: November 18th, 2013
Welcome to issue #268 of Farm Radio Weekly. This edition contains three stories: two about farmers in Zimbabwe and Kenya, and a third on eliminating violence against women.
In Zimbabwe, farmers and pastoralists alike are being forced to adapt to shifting weather patterns. Cattle farmers are particularly affected by drought, as the high cost and low availability of feed leads to low market prices. But a new system of feedlots means better quality cattle and more money for farmers.
Farmers in Kenya have been badly affected by a wheat disease over the last decade. But plant breeders and researchers are confident they have solved the problem with a new rust-resistant variety, and are multiplying the new seeds for farmers to plant next season.
November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. As a lead-in to next week’s issue #269, which Farm Radio Weekly will dedicate to the Day, we bring you a story from Cameroon about the traditional practice of breast ironing. Fifteen per cent of the country’s post-pubescent girls and women have been affected by this form of mutilation, and there is growing pressure for mothers to stop it.
This week, we meet two of the winners of the 2013 George Atkins Communications Award, presented annually by Farm Radio International. The award recognizes rural radio broadcasters for their outstanding contributions to food security and poverty reduction in low-income countries. Read more about Ugandans Ismail Kasoha and Anthony Lwanga from Kagadi-Kibaale Community Radio in the Action section below.
Let’s keep communicating!
-the Farm Radio Weekly team