Date Posted: February 9th, 2009
The FRW community grew again this week, with the addition of new subscribers Kolga Issaka, from the Association SOS Monde Rural, in Burkina Faso; Andrew Ogaba, from Hossana Radio, in Kenya; Baraka David Ole Maika, from the Ilaramatak Institute-IOPA, in Tanzania; and Elton Mudyazvivi, for the NGO SNV, in Zimbabwe. We welcome you and look forward to your participation in the FRW community!
We would like to remind all broadcasters within the FRW community of a special request to share your knowledge. We invite you to answer the question: What advice would you give to a radio broadcaster starting out his/her career? Please send your responses to Research and Production Officer Nelly Bassily (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 16, 2009. Your answers will be published in a future issue of FRW!
This week’s news carries two important updates. Our first story looks at a decision by The Soil Association – an organization that certifies most of the organic produce sold in the United Kingdom – to continue certifying produce that has been air-freighted from Africa. This decision affects thousands of African farmers who make their living exporting organic fruits and vegetables to the UK.
There is also some good news from Liberia, where caterpillars invaded more than 100 villages several weeks ago. As you’ll read, entomologists have determined that the caterpillars are not armyworms, as originally feared, but another species that is easier to destroy.
In the Farm Radio Action section, you’ll find podcasts produced by Farm Radio partner Jimmy Okello, who reported from the World Social Forum, that was held in Belém, in the northern part of Brazil last January. And you can catch up with our series Steps for story-based farm radio programming in the Radio Resource section.
-The Farm Radio Weekly Team