Hello to all!

    | April 21, 2008

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    This week, we are pleased to welcome four of our newest subscribers – Mbaye Cheikh from SOSIGA Sarl in Senegal, Emmanuel Adoayi Acquaye from the Ministry of Agriculture in Ghana, Manengou Jean Ignace from Médias Catholiques in the Central African Republic, and Chris Viljoen from the Department of Agriculture in South Africa. Manengou Jean Ignace and Chris Viljoen are FRW’s first subscribers from their countries!

    As the FRW community expands to represent more of sub-Saharan Africa, we are working to find news stories that represent the diversity of our network. This week, we introduce you to our newest correspondent – Lilianne Nyatcha, who lives and works in Douala, Cameroon. Lilianne brings us a story about the Cameroonian poultry industry, and how it was affected by violent riots that paralyzed transportation for four days.

    Turning to the Ivory Coast, we have a story that looks at another problem farmers experience during conflict – reduced access to familiar pesticides and training on safe pesticide use. Archived Farm Radio International scripts, including this week’s Script of the Week, offer further materials and ideas for broadcasts on pesticide safety. And to complement this week’s news stories on how conflict can affect food production, we provide a resource on conflict sensitive journalism.

    If you have an idea for an agricultural story that you think we should research for a future issue of FRW (or if you would like to research and write a story yourself), drop FRW Editor Heather Miller a line at hmiller@farmradio.org. And please remember to visit the FRW website (http://weekly.farmradio.org/) to comment on this week’s stories!

    Happy reading!

    -The Farm Radio Weekly Team