Farmer Stories

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1. Burkina Faso: Women’s group finds new use for “green gold” (by Mahoua Hien, for Farm Radio Weekly, in Burkina Faso)

Nelly Bassily March 04, 2008

The shea tree has long been known as “green gold” to women in Western Africa. Many parts of the tree are harvested, […]

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2. Southern Africa: Black women break into commercial farming (by Frauke Röschlau, for Farm Radio Weekly, in Windhoek, Namibia)

Nelly Bassily March 04, 2008

Many people in the farming community of Nina, in eastern Namibia, were shocked when Clara Bohitile purchased some unused land to begin […]

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Past FRW stories of women in agriculture

Nelly Bassily March 04, 2008

Through our first 12 issues of FRW, we have “met” many innovative and groundbreaking women in agriculture. As International Women’s Day approaches, […]

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1. Africa: Vitally-important wild fruits on the decline (National Research Council)

Nelly Bassily February 25, 2008

In parts of Western and Central Africa, the Icacina plant is known as a living grocery store. Growing wild and untended in […]

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2. Ivory Coast: Fighting the swollen shoot virus (Various Sources)

Nelly Bassily February 25, 2008

When a coffee pod is healthy, it resembles an oblong melon — golden or reddish in colour with multicoloured speckles. A coffee […]

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3. Rwanda: 5,000 farmers contracted to grow maize for beer (The East African)

Nelly Bassily February 25, 2008

The maize growing in Rwanda’s fields today may be enjoyed in its bars tomorrow. The brewers of the country’s favourite beer recently […]

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1. Africa: Farming improves refugees’ food security and self-sufficiency (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)

Nelly Bassily February 18, 2008

Bizimungu Dieudonne arrived in Zimbabwe five years ago with a sack of maize strapped to his bicycle. He was fleeing the civil […]

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2. Sudan: Treadle pumps boost dry-season farming (Science Daily and UNDP-Soudan)

Nelly Bassily February 18, 2008

Deng Kak is one of the small-scale farmers in Sudan fortunate enough to have a plot of land next to the Nile […]

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3. South Africa: Community gardens help women pensioners maintain their independence (allAfrica.com)

Nelly Bassily February 18, 2008

At 72 years old, Phillipina Ndamane has no plans to slow down. Standing in her vegetable garden, she is surrounded by the […]

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Africa: Reintegration of ex-combatants through agriculture (Various Sources)

Nelly Bassily February 12, 2008

As more and more peace agreements are being signed, a growing number of former fighters” are participating in programs known as DDR […]

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South Africa: Ancient brew has Eastern Cape buzzing with employment opportunities (Various Sources)

Nelly Bassily February 12, 2008

Garth Cambray stares attentively into the tiny window of a two-storey stainless steel processor. The device is his own creation – a […]

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