| April 19, 2010

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    Hello dear readers!

    We extend a warm welcome to this week’s newest subscribers: Theophile Kishinda from Radio Canal de Vie and Lucienne Buhendwa from the Bureau Diocesain de Developpement, both in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We would also like to remind all those who are reading Farm Radio Weekly online that subscribing to our service is easy. Just follow this link (http://farmradio.org/english/partners/fr_weekly_subscribe.asp), fill in your contact information, and you’ll start receiving FRW in your e-mailbox each week.

    This week’s news stories come from East Africa and look at how commercial and environmental factors are shaping farmer choices. Our first story profiles two major business arrangements that will allow small-scale farmers to sell their products to large beverage companies. A total of 50,000 small-scale farmers will be growing passion fruit and mango for Coca Cola, while 10,000 smallholder farmers will sell sorghum to East Africa Breweries. Read on for the details of these deals, and see the Notes to Broadcasters for suggestions on local stories about outgrower schemes. Our second story focuses on fast-growing wood products. Late last year, Kenyan farmers were ordered to uproot eucalyptus trees growing near water sources, because the water-hungry eucalyptus are detrimental to the water supply. Now, farmers are experimenting with an alternative crop to supply fuelwood and timber.

    We celebrate another award in the Farm Radio Action section. The Africa Rice Center has received an important communications award to honour its work building farmer knowledge about improved rice production and processing techniques. As part of Farm Radio International’s ongoing collaboration with AfricaRice, we published scripts and distributed videos produced by AfricaRice. In case you have not yet seen these resources, simply scroll to this week’s Radio Resource Bank and follow the links!

    Happy reading!

    -The Farm Radio Weekly Team