Date Posted: December 22nd, 2008
As we come to the end of 2008, we would like to thank all of you for being part of the FRW community this past year. It was a pleasure to work with you to bring news about small-scale farmers to small-scale farmers across Africa. We also extend a warm welcome to our newest subscribers, Josphat Wachira from Trans World Radio in Kenya, Cisse Abdoulaye from Radio Tahanint in Mali, Asikadi Edwin from the agricultural department of the Federal College of Agriculture in Nigeria, and Ndiaye Abdel Kader from GIE La Rizière in Senegal.
This week we bring you a news story from Ethiopia that spotlights a growing trend which is raising concerns about food security in African countries. The Ethiopian government has given 7,000 hectares of farmland to Djibouti’s president and is seeking foreign investment for hundreds of thousands of hectares more. In the Notes to Broadcasters section, you’ll find background information and links to opinion pieces on this issue.
Our second story focuses on the resettlement of the San, or Bushmen, people of Namibia, to their ancestral homeland. This story raises issues of land rights for displaced peoples, as well as the tension between traditional and “modern” land uses.
In the Radio Resource and Farm Radio Action sections, we are pleased to offer you an update on the African Farm Radio Research Initiative. Be sure to check out Step 1 of the eight-step guide to story-based farm radio programming, a series that we will continue in the new year.
Finally, we extend a special greeting to all those who will celebrate Christmas this week. Merry Christmas! Please note that, due to the holidays, there will be no FRW next week. But, rest assured that will be back on January 5th!
-The Farm Radio Weekly Team