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HIV and AIDS, 16 Days of Action, and positive responses to the Ebola outbreak

Welcome to Farm Radio Weekly!

In issue #314, FRW looks at how people living with HIV suffer from stigma in Congo-Brazzaville, the difficulties of getting justice for survivors of gender-based violence in Kenya, and education on the radio for students in two countries involved in the West African Ebola outbreak.

There have been marked improvements in HIV treatment, and legislation has been passed to protect people living with the virus. But many people living with the virus are still exposed to stigma – along with their loved ones. Our story from Congo-Brazzaville investigates one initiative to restore dignity and hope.

It is estimated that one in three women in Kenya will suffer gender-based violence before the age of 18. To compound this tragedy, justice is hard to come by: victims are not getting the help they need from the criminal justice system. Our story looks at some of the issues involved.

Authorities in Sierra Leone and Liberia have closed schools to prevent the further spread of Ebola. But students are still receiving lessons – by radio!

December 1 is celebrated internationally as World AIDS Day. We are dedicating our Resource and Script of the Week sections to providing you with useful information. Please use this content to update your audience’s awareness of HIV and AIDS.

Next week, Farm Radio Weekly will be taking a publishing break. But we’ll be back better than ever! To celebrate FRW’s seventh anniversary, we are improving the accessibility of our website and re-launching it. Find out more in the Action section below.

We wish you a great week! Until next time,

-the Farm Radio Weekly team

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We’re in this together: End violence against women

Thank you for taking the time to open Farm Radio Weekly. We hope that the stories and other resources in issue #313 give you pause for thought. We hope that they will encourage you to raise the subject of violence against women and the right of women to be free from all forms of harassment and fear.

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and Farm Radio Weekly is dedicating this issue to the subject of gender-based violence. We bring you the story of an abused Ugandan widow, raise the issue of women’s right to self-expression, and profile a transsexual from Lesotho who is leading efforts to raise awareness and increase acceptance of those who self-identify differently.

A Ugandan man beat his wife regularly. By the time of his death, the beatings had left her permanently scarred, both mentally and physically. But a neighbour’s kindness has allowed her to farm and provide for her three children. She is nor forging a new life for herself.

Many African men feel they have the right to tell women how they can dress. When men don’t like what they see, they often “slut-shame” women they believe are not dressing modestly. In Nairobi recently, some men went too far. And now the women of the city are fighting back.

It is not just women who are exposed to violence and intolerance. People who choose their sexual partners or their gender identity differently are also targeted. But In Lesotho, a young, articulate transsexual is starting to make a difference!

As usual, FRW brings you resources and events: in this issue they are related to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

Keep broadcasting!

-The Farm Radio Weekly team

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Breaking down walls: changing the future

Hello! Welcome to Farm Radio Weekly issue #312! In this edition, we present stories from Rwanda, Malawi and Somaliland.

Reconciliation after a bitter or divisive conflict can be difficult and painful. But a group of Rwandan women have sweetened the process by setting up the country’s only home-grown ice cream company. Their popularity with locals and foreigners alike means they are set to expand their business.

After her divorce, Annie Basikolo found it difficult to provide food and education for her children. She started growing okra to feed the family, but discovered that the citizens of Lilongwe enjoy eating the vegetable as part of their daily meals. Now the kids are at school and well fed!

Somaliland is facing a crisis: the cost of charcoal has risen fivefold in the past seven years. The government is trying to implement measures to alleviate the situation, but Somalilanders are used to charcoal and find it difficult to change the habit of a lifetime.

Our Resource section is dedicated to A poem for the living. This monologue, available in several languages, is a plea from a boy infected with Ebola to his loved ones. He asks them to follow the practices which will keep them safe, even if they prevent them from physically comforting him in his distress.

Ghanaian broadcaster Victoria Dansoa Abankwa is one of the three joint winners of Farm Radio International’s George Atkins Communication Award for 2014. Farm Radio Weekly is delighted to present a profile of this dynamic lady; we hope that her story serves as an inspiration to others.

Our next issue will be dedicated to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Be sure to check your inbox!

Keep listening to farmers, as they listen to you!

-the Farm Radio Weekly team

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On the ground and in the air

Welcome to Farm Radio Weekly. Issue #310 looks at erosion, entrepreneurs and efforts to educate farmers how to best dry their groundnuts.

Pastoralists and farmers in northern Tanzania are facing serious problems with soil erosion. Long, deep chasms caused by heavy rains and livestock movements are not only ruining farmland, but are dangerous to people and animals.

Soungalo Traoré was repairing a radio one day when he realized the set contained a transmitter powerful enough to broadcast to nearby houses. With some hard work and a little financial assistance, he and a colleague have turned the radio set into a community radio station!

Groundnut farmers often experience aflatoxin problems caused by fungal infections in poorly dried harvests. A project in Malawi used field days and radio programs to spread the message about how to dry groundnut pods more effectively with Mandela cocks.

The Script of the week contains more information about how to prevent aflatoxin in groundnuts. Read about it below and use the script to inform your listening audience how to avoid this unpleasant and toxic problem.

Keep broadcasting!

-the Farm Radio Weekly team

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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!

Are you a member of the Barza.fm website? Click the Like button on the Barza Facebook page to receive updates on the site. Read more in the Action section below.

November 2 is the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. Read the Resource section below for more on the Day. There are links to events and resources which you can use in your radio programming to help mark the Day.

Have a safe and peaceful week,

-the Farm Radio Weekly team

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International Day of Rural Women: Celebrate women farmers!

Welcome to Farm Radio Weekly. In issue #308, we bring you three stories which celebrate the role of women in rural communities.

In the first of our two stories from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Miriam Mutokambali is now helping her family recover from the effects of war by selling what she had previously considered a worthless by-product – cassava leaves.

East African banana farmers are responding to the devastating effect of bacterial wilt in different ways. Rosette M’Chentwali uprooted her banana trees and planted vegetables instead. Now she is not only feeding her family, but her village too!

A women’s collective in Kenya discovered a solution to the problem of birds eating their sorghum – sunflowers! The bright yellow, seed-filled plants are more attractive to the feathered thieves than the cereal, and the women are profiting from higher sorghum yields.

October 15 is the International Day of Rural Women. Our Event section features links to help you plan a show about the Day.

This week’s Resource section contains links to clear and concise information on Ebola. Please use the information to prepare informative broadcasts for your listeners.

Keep your airwaves buzzing!

-the Farm Radio Weekly team

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Farming tales: Beating the odds

Are you sitting comfortably? Welcome to Farm Radio Weekly issue #307! This edition of the Weekly brings you two stories of people who discovered that farming was the key to a profitable and productive life. And there’s the curious tale of the robberies in the night …

The responsibility of providing for the family fell on Said Bacar’s shoulders after his father died. After picking up work wherever he could find it and struggling to feed his mother and siblings, he struck upon a solution – bananas!

Agnes Kandodo had to move to the countryside when she could no longer afford to live in the city. But the Malawian widow chose to farm and has since built her fortune by growing and selling cassava to a ready market.

A Malian radio show host and farmer set a trap in his watermelon field – and caught some thieves! The resourceful presenter had noticed that his crops were disappearing in the night and set out to investigate their fate. Find out how he did it in Mamadou Cissé and the watermelon thieves.

There are two important International Days coming up next week. October 16 is World Food Day, and this week’s Resource section is dedicated to providing information and resources to help you program the Day into your schedule. Our next issue, #308, will be dedicated to the International Day of Rural Women, on October 15. Stay tuned for related stories and resources!

If you want to contribute a story to Farm Radio Weekly, please contact Innousa Maïga (bureauarh@farmradio.org) for stories in French, or Mark Ndipita (bureau.chief@farmradiotz.org) for stories in English. It’s always good to hear from you!

Have a bountiful and safe week,

-the Farm Radio Weekly team

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Rebuilding lives

Welcome to Farm Radio Weekly. Issue #306 highlights stories from Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo about rebuilding after conflict has shattered lives. We also present a story from Côte d’Ivoire about prisoners learning farming skills in prison.

Micheline Kavuo was forced to flee her farm and live a city life when hostilities broke out in northeastern DRC. But now that the Congolese army have repulsed the rebels and the authorities are making the countryside safer, she and her brother are starting to farm again.

Facing Justice was a biweekly radio program which aired on stations across northern Uganda. During its four-year lifetime, the program helped rebuild a community fractured by two decades of war. Now, its successor is carrying the torch of peace and reconciliation.

Prison life can be dark, depressing and dangerous. But it can also provide an environment where offenders are rehabilitated and learn valuable skills. A prison farm in Côte d’Ivoire is offering inmates a chance to escape overcrowded cells, eat better, and prepare for life on the outside.

October 2, 2014, is the International Day of Non-violence. The Day promotes using non-violence during protests and when demonstrating against injustice. Will your station organize a feature show on the Day? Follow the hyperlink for more information and resources.

The Ebola outbreak is still affecting communities across West Africa. Unfortunately, there has also been an outbreak of cholera in Ghana. Our Action section below features a script which can be used as a public service announcement. Please use it if cholera threatens people in your broadcast area.

Have a great week, and keep broadcasting!

-the Farm Radio Weekly Team

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Security issues: Food, shelter and fishing grounds

Hello! Welcome to Farm Radio Weekly issue #305. This edition has an East African flavour. Farmers are profiting from an improved variety of banana in Rwanda; we look at the security situation for women and girls in camps for displaced people in South Sudan; and we hear about the explosive situation in Tanzanian fisheries.

In 2006, the Rwandan government introduced a policy of regional crop specialization. This means that farmers in different parts of the country are required to embrace new varieties of, and new ideas about, their crops. Farmer Laurent Mushingwamana found bananas to his liking.

The civil war in South Sudan has forced thousands from their homes to escape violence and bloodshed. One hundred thousand people are internally displaced and have sought solace in UN camps. But are the camps protecting women and girls from sexual violence?

Tanzanian fisherfolk are resorting to explosives to land bigger catches! Stunning a shoal of fish with a stick of dynamite can mean big profits. But the damage caused to the maritime environment may result in the loss of fishing grounds and coral reefs.

This week, we present the first in an occasional series of articles which feature our broadcasting partners. After taking part in an FRI pilot project on weather services for farmers, Rotlinde Achimpota initiated a farming program on her station, the Arusha-based Mambo Jambo. Read more in the Action section below.

Give someone a fish, and you feed them for a day; teach a person how to fish, and you feed them for a lifetime. Unless someone uses dynamite to catch all the fish at once …

Have a happy and peaceful week!

the Farm Radio Weekly team

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Dairy, digging and discrimination

Thank you for reading this edition of Farm Radio Weekly. Issue #304 features stories about donated dairy cows in Cameroon, South Sudanese veterans digging for peace, and apparent ageism in Zimbabwe.

Mary Nfor Ngwa was a teacher until a fire decimated her school. While looking for a new job, she joined a local group ̶ and received a dairy cow! Now, her dairy business is making her more money than she earned before, and she’d like to teach young people that farming is a profitable way to earn a living.

As the civil unrest in South Sudan continues to make life difficult, some veterans of the independence struggle have made a new life for themselves. They have leased farmland and are selling vegetables at the markets, and planning to add new crops in the future.

Elderly, rural Zimbabweans often provide for their grandchildren after their own children have left home in search of work. But extension agents and NGOs are ignoring their needs, favouring younger, more energetic farmers. Older farmers are valuable too!

Dairy cows provide excellent manure for the fields and, with a little investment, household power as well. But it is their basic product, milk, that is most valuable. When farmers form co-operatives, their buying and selling powers increase. Find out more in our Script of the week.

Close your door, turn off your phone and enjoy this Weekly in peace!

the Farm Radio Weekly team

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Ebola, fowls and fodder

A hearty welcome awaits you in Farm Radio Weekly! Issue #303 covers the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and investigates how to improve livelihoods with farm livestock.

As the Ebola virus continues to affect countries across West Africa, citizens are being encouraged to seek treatment as soon as they notice symptoms. Quick action could be the key to survival.

What do you do when you retire? Ruth Nalunkuma, a former nurse in Kampala, is keeping chickens and intends to sell eggs to meet the needs of her extended family. She encourages other urban dwellers to do the same.

Although nutritionally balanced and efficient, commercial feeds can be expensive and out of reach for small-scale farmers. But Chrissy Kimu found that, with some planning and a bit of spare land, nutritious feeds can grow on trees!

Catch up with The Adventures of Neddy the Paravet. In the Script of the Week, Neddy tells us to grow fodder trees and shrubs. Their nutritious leaves and seeds are an excellent addition to diets for goats and cows.

Farm Radio International is presenting the 2014 George Atkins Communication Award to three African broadcasters. In the Action section this week, we profile the first of the winners, the late Mfaume Zabibu Kikwato of Tanzania.

Keep broadcasting!

the Farm Radio Weekly team

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New activities, new incomes

Greetings, and welcome to Farm Radio Weekly. Thank you for taking the time to read issue #302. This edition presents three stories about Africans who have improved their fortunes by changing what they do for a living: by branching out into agriculture and livestock, and by selling planting materials.

During the dry season, the level of the Congo River falls, fish become scarce, and it is difficult for fishers to make a profit. But as water levels fall, land becomes available, and an enterprising farmer has found that quick-maturing vegetable crops sell well at the Brazzaville markets.

Families living in squatter camps near Bulawayo have been re-located to new, permanent settlements, but had to leave their livelihoods behind. Now, a new poultry enterprise has started to generate small profits for people who had never imagined themselves as farmers!

Perpetua Okao is profiting from a radio program which highlighted the nutritional benefits of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes. Farmers across northern Uganda call her to order sweet potato planting vines for their fields, and her family is benefitting from the extra cash.

If you want to know more about orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, or your listeners show an interest in the crop, check out our Script of the week below, which features an interview with a Ugandan farmer who talks about her experiences growing the new crop.

So, grab a refreshing drink and kick off your shoes, and enjoy this issue of FRW!

Happy reading!

-the Farm Radio Weekly team

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Ebola, pollution and communication

A hearty welcome to Farm Radio Weekly issue #301! In this edition, we present stories about threats and opportunities facing African farmers in their everyday lives.

Sierra Leone is one of the West African countries currently experiencing an outbreak of Ebola. Many farmers are leaving their crops to rot as fear of the disease forces them to abandon their farms.

Tests have shown that the irrigation water used by farmers on their vegetable crops near Bulawayo in Zimbabwe is polluted by high levels of sewage. Will the farmers find other methods to collect water, or will they be forced to grow other crops?

In the second of our two-part series which highlights the writing of our Bureau Chiefs, Mark Ndipita reports on how text messages are being used to supplement extension services. Widow Alice Kachere has improved her harvests and become a lead farmer in her village.

Do farmers in your listening area have problems with their water supplies? Read the Script of the Week below to give yourself ideas on how to raise the subject with your listeners.

Have a safe and peaceful week!

-the Farm Radio Weekly team

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Young people make the future bright

Welcome to the 300th edition of Farm Radio Weekly! To mark this special issue, two of this week’s stories focus on the future: Africa’s young people.

Generations of Tanzanian farmers have practised slash and burn agriculture. This has led to many plots becoming barren and infertile over time. But a new school-based initiative is encouraging young people to conserve soil fertility and increase crop yields.

An ongoing project in South African schools is teaching young, aspiring journalists how to record, edit and report on issues that concern them. One student, Sibusiso Mazibuko, hopes that the produce from his family’s plot will raise enough cash to fund a career in filmmaking.

Farmers’ co-operatives in West Africa, unable to get support from banks, are organizing to provide services to their communities. Farm Radio Weekly’s new Francophone Bureau Chief reports on two success stories.

August 12 marks International Youth Day. Follow the hyperlink to find out how to join local and international celebrations!

Our Event section on the sidebar highlights an international competition for young journalists, and the Resource section features a guidebook aimed at improving the output of young radio presenters and producers, as well as anyone else who works with youth.

The foundation of every culture is the education of its youth: good habits formed early make all the difference.

Keep broadcasting!

–          The Farm Radio Weekly team

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Tanzania: Planting the seed of conservation in schools (by Felicity Feinman, for Farm Radio Weekly)

Kuruthumu Amlima dreams of becoming a farmer like her parents. But the 14-year-old does not plan to farm exactly like them.

Ms. Amlima lives in the village of Liwale, about 200 kilometres west of Mtwara, a city just north of the Tanzanian border with Mozambique. Farmers in this area traditionally practice slash-and-burn agriculture. Although this practice temporarily boosts nutrients in the soil, over time it causes soil erosion and nutrient deficiencies. Farmers are eventually forced to find new farmland.

Ms. Amlima is learning the principles of conservation agriculture through a program at her primary school. The program emphasizes crop rotation, minimum tillage and continuous soil cover. These practices improve nutrient levels in the soil and prevent soil erosion, allowing farmers to use the same plot year after year. Ms. Amlima adds, “You get a bigger harvest from smaller land with conservation agriculture.”

Lindi and Mtwara Agribusiness Support, or LIMAS, is a Finnish development project which funds the trainings in 56 schools in the Liwale district. The project has been a success at Nalulelo Primary School, where Ms. Amlima studies. This year, the school grew and sold 1,200 kilograms of maize for a profit of 373,000 Tanzanian shillings (about $225 US).

Juma Chijinga is an agronomist at LIMAS. He says that profitability is a key aspect of conservation agriculture. He explains the farmer’s needs: “At the end of the day, they want increased production. They need increased income.”

But finding a balance between production and conservation can be challenging. While crop rotation is a key aspect of conservation agriculture, the Nalulelo School farm grew only maize this year. This is not as beneficial to long-term soil health as rotating crops.

But in the short term, it provided the school with a more immediate need – food. Mr. Chijinga says: “Their priority is food … they decided that this year they would plant maize, so that they [could provide] for the [students] who are expecting to write examinations this season.”

Some of the children’s parents are also interested in conservation principles. But Mr. Chijinga thinks real change will take time. He says: “These people are used to traditional agriculture … You can’t expect them to change overnight, but they can learn … [by] … seeing that there is some benefit.”

Ms. Amlima’s teacher, Rashidi Hamisi, thinks farmers in Liwale could benefit from adopting conservation agriculture, as slash-and-burn farming is often time-consuming. He says, “When they use conservation farm[ing], they have more time for other things and they get good production and crops.”

Older farmers might take more convincing. But Ms. Amlima is already sold on conservation agriculture. She plans to use it when she, someday, starts her own farm. Ms. Amlima says, “I like conservation because it’s good for the future.”

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Local radio educates, informs and has the power to champion justice

This is Farm Radio Weekly calling! Thank you for taking the time to tune in to the latest issue, #299. This week, we focus on radio.

People who listen to the radio love to hear about personalities. This includes listeners to Sulwe FM in western Kenya. These listeners have been introduced to, and love to hear about and meet, James Barasa Mamati, an 85-year-old who is still actively teaching younger people about farming.

Sarah Adongo grew up in a farming family in central Uganda, helping her parents in the fields. Now she helps small-scale farmers keep informed and updated by broadcasting relevant and reliable information on Gulu’s Mega FM.

A Nigerian radio station has developed a program which names and shames those who think that their position allows them to act with impunity. The collective power of listeners to the Brekete Family Radio program gives a voice to the voiceless and encourages community action.

When ethnically- or religiously-based conflict or violence threatens the peace in your communities, it is best to get people talking. This week’s Resource section highlights a guidebook tailored for radio producers and broadcasters who want to get the best results from on-air talk shows. Read more through the link in the sidebar.

Everyone who speaks on air is raising the next generation – so make your words count!

Keep those airwaves crackling!

the Farm Radio Weekly team

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Infestation, innovation and inspiration

Greetings! Thank you for taking the time to open Farm Radio Weekly issue #298. Kick off your shoes and settle down to read about farmers in Liberia, Tanzania and Uganda.

Armyworm caterpillars are slowly munching their way through farmland in northern Liberia. Increasing numbers of the pests are leaving a trail of destruction in their wake: crops are being destroyed and watercourses polluted. What can farmers and officials do to manage the infestation?

Aloycia Mndenye, from Tanzania’s Southern Highlands, used to spend a large part of her day collecting firewood to heat her home and cook family meals. But now a domestic biogas plant has reduced her workload – and her husband prefers shovelling manure to carrying wood!

What can you grow when you don’t have a lot of land? Ugandan farmer Jimmy Oleng discovered that he could make a good living from hot chili peppers. The perennial plants can be harvested three times a year and their fiery fruit commands a high and stable price.

The Resource section highlights some free and open source Information and Communication Technologies designed for use by local and community radio stations. Do you need to update your applications? Check out the Resource section on the sidebar!

In a couple of weeks’ time, Farm Radio Weekly turns 300, and we’ll be celebrating International Youth Day. Keep an eye on your inbox for that special edition! In the meantime, we wish you a peaceful and harmonious week.

-the Farm Radio Weekly team

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Good business, bad markets, and serious land issues

Welcome to Issue #297! This edition of Farm Radio Weekly brings you stories from the Comoros Islands, Zimbabwe and Senegal.

Youssouf Mmadi grew up farming, and was put in control of the family farm after his father died. However, his young head was already ripe for business and he has brought his family prosperity and a blossoming future.

Zimbabwean maize farmers welcomed the good rains, thinking they would be able to cash in at the markets. But bumper yields have driven down prices, and late payments from the state buyer have forced farmers to look for other sources of income or to sell their stocks for ready, but petty, cash.

Small-scale farmers in Senegal are angry that private companies are buying up common land to create commercial farming enterprises. Many are disappointed that outsiders have promised much but delivered little. Will the new government be able to protect farmers’ traditional rights of communal ownership?

The Script of the week highlights a Farm Radio International how-to guide: if you want to make good intros, extros and promos for your agricultural program (and for other subjects, too!), check out the Script section below.

We wish you a happy and peaceful week,

the Farm Radio Weekly team

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Moving forward: Rubber trees, chickens and sunflower brighten the future

Welcome to Farm Radio Weekly! In issue #296 we look at small-scale rubber producers in Liberia, a fledgling poultry enterprise in Niger, and a different kind of oil bonanza in Uganda.

Rubber exports are essential to the Liberian economy. Small-scale farmers are investing in their rubber plantations, but face difficulties controlling insect pests. However, the returns on their investment should be good once the trees mature.

Maman Lawal moved to Libya, but returned to his native Niger when Libya fell into civil war. Mr. Lawal had not thought of himself as a farmer, but has made a successful business raising chickens for meat and eggs.

Farmers can make more money by processing their raw agricultural produce into commodity desired by consumers. Ugandan Dan Mawaki discovered this to be true for sunflower seeds, and now sells cooking oil and animal feeds.

Have you ever wondered how best to define your audience and tailor your programs to your listeners? The Resource section on the sidebar has a link to a free guide on targeting your audiences to help resolve conflicts.

Keep broadcasting!

The Farm Radio Weekly team

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Finding effective ways to improve your farming

Welcome to another bumper issue of Farm Radio Weekly! In issue #295, we feature stories on cotton farmers in Cameroon, exotic chickens in Uganda, and a Maasai community radio station in Tanzania.

Semi-arid northern Cameroon suffers extended annual dry periods. These conditions have left farmers with degraded and infertile soils. Now some farmers have started to use minimum tillage techniques to conserve moisture and restore fertility.

Northern Ugandans have been excited about the benefits of exotic breeds of chickens. But caring for and feeding the birds has exasperated some of the less experienced farmers and chased them from the market. As the supply of eggs drops, the price is going up, and some farmers can expect to cash in!

Community radio stations are popular with their listeners, though Tanzanian authorities are not keen on local language broadcasts. A new community station has been granted permission to broadcast to the Maasai community in the north of the country. The station caters to the needs of local people and brings friends together to listen.

It can be difficult to find effective ways to engage communities in dialogue. Radio stations have a responsibility to identity possible areas of friction and address them appropriately. Have a look at the Resource section, where you’ll find links to a handy online guide to communication strategies.

Keep those airwaves buzzing!

– the Farm Radio Weekly team

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