We are thrilled that word of Farm Radio Weekly is spreading across the African continent, as we see new subscribers signing up each week. From Ghana, we welcome Kakraba Quarshie from Radio Peace and Frank Osei Wusu from Nkosuo Radio, from Kenya, Lydiah Kiburu of the Africa Communication and Development Institute and John K. Cheburet from The Organic Farmer, from Benin, Kassim Zato from Radio Communautaire FM NONSINAN, from Togo, Philippe Kossi Kpoble Togbe from Radio Horizon – la voix du Zio, and from Uganda, Patrick Luganda from Vision Voice FM Radio.
This week’s news stories touch on two large and complex issues. From a variety of news items published in South African and Namibian media, we have produced a story featuring examples of farm workers obtaining improved employment rights, including better living conditions and access to education and medical care. We also drew upon excellent reporting by The Monitor newspaper in Kampala to produce a story about farmers and scientists raising concerns about the increasing use of hybrid crops and their calls for the preservation of traditional crops. These are just two examples of important issues that cannot be fully covered in an individual news story, but which broadcasters can decide to explore over time.
Finally, we would like to remind everyone about our survey. The survey asks how you use FRW, what you like or don’t like about the service, and what you’d like to see in the future. We have already received some great feedback and look forward to reading more responses. You can find the survey online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=9HOchcedv077TyFYi_2bXMPQ_3d_3d . We have noticed that a number of people started to answer the survey, but did not complete it. If this happened to you, you can always return to the survey to answer the remainder of the questions.
-The Farm Radio Weekly Team