Date Posted: December 17th, 2007
Welcome to Issue 3 of Farm Radio Weekly. We hope that you are enjoying this new service of the Developing Countries Farm Radio Network – and hope that it is helping you in your efforts to keep the airwaves filled with interesting programs.
One of our main goals is to bring you news stories that are relevant to small-scale farmers. In recent weeks, we noticed many reports from African newspapers about rising cereal prices, especially in West Africa. So we asked reporter Idy Sy Diop in Dakar, Senegal to speak to farmers and find out how they are affected by this trend. We are pleased to bring you his special report.
As the UN wrapped up its conference on climate change, the past week also brought much debate over the opportunities and potential threats posed by the growing demand for biofuels. In this edition of FRW, we offer a report that reflects some of the new developments and new voices in this debate. In the coming weeks and months, we plan to bring you more stories on issues related to agriculture and climate change. Please take a moment to visit FRW’s online site: http://weekly.farmradio.org/ to take our poll about climate change (you will find it on the left hand side of the page under the weekly poll heading) and tell us which of the issues listed interests your listeners the most!
We also have a special treat for you in this week’s Radio Resource Bank – a story of how the Mudzi Wathu Community Radio Station in Mchinji District, Malawi used an MP3 player to keep their programming on the air when their Studio-to-Transmitter Links failed. If you have a great story you’d like to share with the FRW community, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will gladly feature it in the next issue!
Finally, we would like to extend a special greeting to all those who will celebrate Eid al-Adha this week. Happy Eid! And happy reading to all!
-The Farm Radio Weekly Team