Organic cotton helps the soil and the community

July 03, 2018
A translation for this article is available in French

Like this week’s Farmer story from Senegal, our Script of the week talks about growing a crop organically.

The Beninese NGO, OBEPAB, has been promoting organic agriculture for many years, and in particular, organic cotton. In organic agriculture, farming inputs are exclusively organic, and respect the environment while fighting pests and strengthening soil fertility.

OBEPAB conducted research projects about the effects of synthetic chemical pesticides on human health. Together with affected communities, these projects identified actions that could reduce the impact of synthetic chemical pesticides on health and the environment. Actions include manufacturing natural pesticides and green fertilizers, which are an important part of organic farming.

This script describes a community that decided to experiment with organic cotton. The result was increased income that improved living conditions.

The script is a mini-drama based on actual interviews with farmers. You could use this script as inspiration to research and write a script on a similar topic in your area. Or you might choose to produce this script on your station, using voice actors to represent the speakers. If so, please make sure to tell your audience at the beginning of the program that the voices are those of actors, not the original people involved in the interviews.