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    | April 6, 2009

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    Our regular readers may notice that Farm Radio Weekly looks a little different this week. Unfortunately, we are still experiencing some technical difficulties, so we are brining you FRW in a simplified format.

    We are delighted to see our FRW community grow each week with new subscribers from many different types of organizations. This week, we welcome new subscriber Ikapo Oba Petrous from the NGO Bolingo Ya Mboka, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. If you have a friend or colleague who may be interested in receiving FRW, please invite them to subscribe online, here: http://www.farmradio.org/english/partners/fr_weekly_subscribe.asp.

    This week’s issue takes us all around the African continent. Our first story of the week, from Ethiopia, proves that farmers can take action on drought, one of the most complicated agricultural issues. The story explains how a Farmers’ Research Group in the Great Rift Valley has reduced temperature and increased humidity by strategically planting trees. (A related script is featured as the Script of the Week.) Turning to the other side of the continent, we feature a story from Togo about researchers finding a simple but effective cure for the intestinal diseases that are responsible for 50 per cent of poultry deaths. Our final story shifts to Madagascar and appears to mark the end of a proposed land deal that would have seen half of the country’s arable land leased to a foreign company.

    For interesting opportunities to share your work and build upon your journalistic skills, take a look at the Upcoming Events and Radio Resource Bank sections.

    Finally, we are pleased to feature Trans World Radio, an organization that has been using Farm Radio International materials since 1989, in our Farm Radio Action section. If you would like to tell the FRW community about your radio organization’s partnership with Farm Radio International, please post a comment on the FRW website, or e-mail FRW Editor Heather Miller at hmiller@farmradio.org.

    Happy reading!

    -The Farm Radio Weekly Team