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This week we extend a warm welcome to our new subscribers from all across Africa:  Issotina Kassimou from Lambassa ICA Benin , in Benin; Vincent Dumnoi from Jalice Limited, in Nigeria; Joseph Arsène Assene Mbatsogo from Radio Bonne Nouvelle, Arthur Fidelis Metsampito Bamlatol from Boumba FM and Stéphane Flavien Mahop from the farmers’ organisation GIC ERGPASP, all in Cameroon and finally Florence Shakafuswa from Katuba Women’s Association in Zambia.

Our first story this week is from Zimbabwe. Farmers who joined an irrigation scheme are successfully growing a range of vegetables. They are now ready to take the next step and sell their produce more widely. But they are struggling to get their produce to the city of Bulawayo, 250 kilometres away.

 From Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, we hear about the effects of overfishing. Fish stocks are dropping. Livelihoods are at risk, while families worry about providing their children with a balanced diet.

 Our third story this week is a bit different. It is an in-depth interview with a farmer living on the Kenya/Somalia border. The interview was conducted by IRIN, a United Nations-operated news service. The farmer, Mohamed Barre Ali, talks about the effects of the internal conflict in Somalia on his village and his life. It is a compelling piece. We invite your comments on the usefulness of this format for your programming at: farmradioweekly@farmradio.org [1]     

 International development is in the news again this week. A United Nations summit was held in New York to assess progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). World leaders reaffirmed their commitment to work together to achieve the MDGs. They acknowledged that while progress has been made, there are still “significant inequalities,” and that much more can be done. A global action plan was developed to achieve the goals by 2015. The World Bank announced that it will increase its support to agriculture. President Barack Obama of the United States gave a speech saying, “We must do better.” He also outlined a new US global development policy. Civil society and NGO reactions to the UN meeting range from “awesome” to “disappointed.” 

 In our Action section, we highlight an example of our partners appearing in the local press. And in other sections this week, we bring you resources related to World Habitat Day on October 4, and a scholarship opportunity.

Happy broadcasting!

-The Farm Radio Weekly team