FRW 155 – Ivorian farmers unable to plant this season

    | May 9, 2011

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    Though the unrest in Ivory Coast is largely over, a humanitarian crisis remains. The rains have arrived, and farmers are keen to start working on their land again. But tensions remain, and farmers in the western region are fearful of returning to their farms. 

    In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, farmers have successfully returned to their fields after their displacement by conflict. Trucks of food aid are being ignored as farmers prefer to spend their time cultivating their land.

    A project in Kenya has had positive side-effects for farmers. Asked to grow the Gadam sorghum variety for a beer company, farmers find it performs better than maize. Many now use it as a food crop, while also benefiting from the steady commercial market.

    We are happy to announce that the new script package on healthy communities is now available. All the scripts are prizewinners from our recent scriptwriting competition. You can also listen to audio productions of two of the scripts! Find more details and links in the Farm Radio Action section below.

    Happy reading!

    -The Farm Radio Weekly team