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Welcome to all!

A special welcome to this week’s newest subscribers: Motché Francine, from a school in Côte d’Ivoire; Penina Lusega, from Shinyalu Community Telecentre in Kenya; Andrew Mahiyu, from the NGO NASFAM in Malawi; and Zaina Katongo, from the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation.

This week, we are pleased to bring you a story that calls attention to pastoralists – their changing lifestyles and challenges. Farm Radio’s Research and Production Officer, Nelly Bassily, caught up with Mohamed Ali Ag Hamana of Oxfam’s Regional Pastoral Programme at a conference in Ottawa, Canada. He recounts the struggles of pastoralists in the Sahel, as they cope with climate change and try to keep up with the demands of the market.

We also report on a threat currently facing farmers in South Africa – the invasion of locusts. Our third story updates two cases in which corporations are seeking control of African farmland. We report that public pressure has ended negotiations between the Malagasy government and a South Korean company that sought to lease half of the country’s arable land. At the same time, a new land deal has been announced between a pan-African conglomerate and the Angolan government.

The series on Steps for story-based farm radio programming continues in the Radio Resource Bank, with tips on how to choose a format and develop a program plan. And in the Farm Radio Action section, we show you how to access our latest scripts on water and potatoes.

Your feedback on Farm Radio Weekly is always appreciated. You can post a comment on the FRW website [1], or e-mail FRW Editor Heather Miller hmiller@farmradio.org. We look forward to hearing your opinions!

Happy reading!

-The Farm Radio Weekly Team