Date Posted: October 5th, 2009
We are excited to welcome many new subscribers to the FRW community this week. From Cameroon, we welcome Colince Nguelo, an environmental engineer; from Côte d’Ivoire, Jean Jacques Anon of Plantation Anon; from Chad, Jean Saingaral Yok of the NGO Association Betsaleel-Tchad; from Democratic Republic of the Congo, Vangu Sahel, a radio project consultant; from Ghana, Asuo Dzibordi of the Ministry of Agriculture, and Richard Ovulley of Radio Afram Plains; from Kenya, Joseph Wambugu, a farmer; from Malawi, Rhoda Zulu of the Story Workshop; and from Nigeria, Moh’d Dahiru Aminu, a geologist.
In this week’s news, we continue to look at the issue of fertilizer subsidies. Government subsidization of fertilizer can contribute to improvements in food security. But subsidy systems have also come under criticism for failing to serve some of the farmers who need it most. This week’s first news story looks at some problems with fertilizer subsides. The FRW staff extends a special thank you to our summer volunteer, Yamina Tsalamlal, for her work in preparing these reports on fertilizer subsidies.
In other news, we learn about a non-chemical storage technique being promoted in Nigeria, and about how the military is disrupting farming land rights in part of Ghana. Look for some interesting opportunities in our Upcoming Events and Radio Resource Bank sections. And if you’re considering entering Farm Radio International’s Scriptwriting Competition on Smallholder Farmer Innovation, be sure to scroll down to the Farm Radio Action section to learn about some exciting awards, which have just been announced.
-The Farm Radio Weekly Team