Dear FRW subscribers

    | February 23, 2009

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    Welcome to a new edition of Farm Radio Weekly. This week, before we welcome our newest subscribers to the FRW community, we wanted to share with you a special quote from one of our subscribers who answered the call to the question: “What advice would you give to a broadcaster starting out his/her career?”

    Samuel Kazibwe, a journalist and political analyst from Radio Simba in Uganda, has this advice to offer: “There is need for a broadcaster to accept that the process of learning does not end. When you make mistakes at the beginning, don’t look at yourself as a failure. Nobody expects you to be as excellent as those who have been on the job for ages. Don’t take offense when corrected because life is about learning.”

    Thank you to all those who answered the call! To read more of what Samuel and others had to say, please go to the Farm Radio Action section.

    The latest subscribers to the FRW community are: Ayiro Lwala from Yimbo Ber Self-Help Group and Stephen Misango, from PO Livelihood for Vulnerable Children in Kenya; Edward Perry from the Ministry of Agriculture in Liberia; Edoh Kudzovi from l’Union des Jeunes en Action Pour le Développement in Togo; Lamine Togola from Radio Fanaka ARCOM, Fatim Traore from ORTM Segou, and Fousseyni Diarra from ORTM Segou, all from Mali.

    In this week’s news stories, we are pleased to bring stories from Uganda and Kenya. In the first story, FRW correspondent Joshua Kyalimpa reports on a new microinsurance scheme for rural farmers in Uganda who would otherwise not have access to loans because lenders considered farming a risky business. From Kenya, the second story talks about a new biosafety bill that was signed into law by President Mwai Kibaki, allowing for the production and use of genetically modified crops.

    Finally, you will not want to miss out on the last in our series of eight steps for story-based farm radio programming in the Radio Resource Bank. And, stay tuned for a special International Women’s Day issue in the next FRW.

    Happy Reading!

    -The Farm Radio Weekly Team