Hello to all!

    | February 18, 2008

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    As we celebrated Valentine’s Day last week, we certainly felt the love coming our way when we gathered the results of our partner survey. We can’t thank you enough for all your thoughtful comments and words of encouragement! This week, the FRW team would like to keep spreading the love with another newsletter filled with inspiring stories about farmers and the technologies that help them.

    We also invite you to take a look at some of the great content that readers have contributed to the FRW website (http://weekly.farmradio.org/). Peter Kettler from the Coffee Lifeline Project in Rwanda followed up on our story about coffee bikes from Issue 8. He explains how his NGO is supporting coffee farmers with information on market rates, farming techniques, and health, shared over the radio. Greg Modestus from the African Radio Drama Association in Nigeria also started some interesting discussions based on two of last week’s news stories – on the training of ex-combatants for agriculture, and the discovery that the cottonseed oil consumed by most Malian families was found to be toxic.

    On a technical note, we have also heard that some of you are having problems reading the FRW newsletter text that you receive in your inbox. We thank those who alerted us to this problem – and we have simple solution for you! We noticed that the subscribers who were having problems all used yahoo! as their e-mail provider. The problem seems to arise from the use of the old, “classic” yahoo! mail service. To solve your viewing problems, you simply need to upgrade your account from classic mail to the new yahoo! e-mail service. If you have any questions about performing this upgrade – or if you still have a hard time reading the text after the upgrade is complete – please send an e-mail to nbassily@famradio.org detailing the exact problem. We will do our best to help you out!

    Finally, a reminder that there is still time to contribute to our special issue celebrating International Women’s Day. If you would like to share examples of the challenges and innovations of women farmers in your area, or a description of how your radio organization has worked to raise the profile of women farmers and their issues, please e-mail FRW Editor Heather Miller at hmiller@farmradio.org

    Happy reading!

    -The Farm Radio Weekly Team