Date Posted: January 18th, 2010
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This week, we bring you two stories that look at various aspects of the “land grab” issue. Our first story from Cameroon visits a community where a Chinese company operates a large farm on leased land. We hear local people’s experiences with working for the company, and learn why some consumers are boycotting company-grown rice. Our second story looks briefly at why a major sugarcane-for-ethanol project was recently cancelled by the Mozambican government.
Other resources offered in this week’s issue focus on Farm Radio’s collaboration with the Africa Rice Center. Scroll to the Radio Resource Bank for information on how to access videos offering “farmer-to-farmer” advice on rice production, and go to the Script of the Week for a new script on how to keep birds away from rice crops.
-The Farm Radio Weekly Team