Warm greetings to all!

    | September 15, 2008

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    We are pleased that word about the Farm Radio Weekly service is travelling around the African continent. This week, we welcome five new subscribers from five different countries: Zira Kwaghe Bunye from the Teaching Service Board in Nigeria, Alachu Davies from Voice of Teso in Uganda, Augustus Fallah from the Institute for Media Development & Dignity in Liberia, Moses Ruai Lat from EDC/Sudan Radio Service in Kenya, and Zongo Daouda from Radio Municipale de Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. If you have a colleague who may be interested in FRW, please let them know that subscribing is as easy as completing this simple online form: http://farmradio.org/english/partners/fr_weekly_subscribe.asp.

    This week, we shine a light on one member of a segment of society that is often neglected by the media. From Niger, we have the profile of a woman with a disability whose garden has improved her family’s nutrition and produces vegetables that attract customers from up to 20 kilometres away. We also pass on some tips for disability-conscious journalism, from the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities.

    From Uganda, we have a story about a simple trap that may be the answer to a pest that plagues cotton growers. Be sure to check out the Notes to Broadcasters on this script, as well as this week’s Script of the Week, for resources and ideas for pest management programs.

    On a final note, we thank those who, in our recent survey, told us about their favourite FRW stories and which topics they’d like to see covered in future issues. We will continue to seek out stories on favoured topics such as coping with climate change, improved seeds and traditional crops, alternative fertilizers, and women in agriculture. We will also work to address your interest in topics such as animal husbandry, soil fertility, food processing and value addition, and youth in agriculture.

    Happy reading!

    -The Farm Radio Weekly Team