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    | December 10, 2007

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    We are very pleased to bring you Issue 2 of Farm Radio Weekly! We are thrilled that more and more people are signing up for this new service of the Developing Countries Farm Radio Network. We extend a very big thank you to our good friend and partner Modibo Coulibaly in Mali for signing up more than 120 Farm Radio Weekly subscribers at a recent radio festival! If you know of others who may be interested in Farm Radio Weekly, please tell them about us. We welcome all radio organizations and individuals who are interested in the information we share, to sign up for a free subscription.

    Last week, as world leaders were meeting at a UN conference to decide what they will do about climate change, Farm Radio Weekly staff had a special opportunity to learn how farmers in different parts of Africa are coping with this phenomenon. Experts from Kenya, Mali, and Malawi described some of the changing weather conditions that farmers are facing – rainy seasons that no longer start when they used to, rising temperatures that make soil more difficult to cultivate, and floods in areas where there never used to be floods. They also told us some wonderful stories of farmers working together to share knowledge and seeds in order to make crops grow in these new conditions. We pass on these stories in a news article below.

    Other news stories that we bring you this week show other sides of climate change – from a new method to rehabilitate dried up pasturelands, to a weed that thrives on warmer temperatures. We also wanted to keep you updated on two food security threats and how they are being managed – Desert Locusts in Kenya (and beyond) and Rift Valley Fever in Sudan.

    Every week, we will strive to bring you information and resources that are current, relevant and accurate. But we need your feedback on whether the information is useful. There are two simple ways for you to tell us what you think:

    1) Visit FRW’s online site at: http://weekly.farmradio.org/ and post a comment under an article. Posting a comment is easy. Just click on the link that says “No Comments”, or “1 Comment”, etc, and fill out the comment form. (Please don’t be shy to post the first comment on an article!) We also welcome you to use the comment sections to share other news and information with other rural radio organizations.

    2) We also invite you to contact us directly with your thoughts, ideas, and any other information at: farmradioweekly@farmradio.org.

    We hope you enjoy this issue of Farm Radio Weekly and look forward to reading your comments!

    -The Farm Radio Weekly Team