Warm Greetings to All!

    | February 25, 2008

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    We hope that this past week has been a good one for you – both in the broadcast booth and in your personal lives.

    This week, we are pleased to bring you more of the faces of African agriculture. We have a story that looks at the constant vigilance of the Ivorian cocoa farmer guarding her crops against disease, and another that reveals the innocent joy of children snacking on wild fruits (perhaps not knowing that the sweet treat is good for them). A story about the use of maize in Rwandan beer also reminds us of the complex market system that grain farmers must navigate.

    We thank all those readers who have taken the time in the past few weeks to tell us about the experiences of farmers in your area. We are working to follow up on your story ideas in hopes of featuring them in future editions of FRW!

    As the month of March is fast approaching, we would like to remind you of two upcoming opportunities. March 15 is the deadline for submitting entries to the CTA-DCFRN scriptwriting competition “African Farmers’ Strategies for Coping with Climate Change” (http://scriptcompetition.net/). Remember, the top 15 submissions will be shared with the DCFRN network, and each of the 15 winners will receive a high quality digital audio recorder!

    There is also time to make a contribution to next week’s special edition celebrating International Women’s Day. We would love to hear examples of how your radio organization has worked to raise the profile of women farmers and their issues. Please send a short description to hmiller@farmradio.org and we will present it in next week’s DCFRN Action section.

    And finally, please remember to check out the Farm Radio Weekly website (http://weekly.farmradio.org/) for audio and video clips, and other content not found in this plain text e-mail.

    Happy reading!

    -The Farm Radio Weekly Team