| November 22, 2010

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    The new African subscribers we welcome to Farm Radio Weekly this week are: Celestina Adwoa Pabby from the Ghana Community Radio Network in Ghana; Marie Sorelle Omadjang from l’Université de Douala in Cameroun; Phillip Obare from the Kenya Broadcasting Corporationin Kenya; Jean Akoum Amiri from  Radio Sawtu Linjiila in Cameroun et A. P. Virgil Houessou from the Ministère de l’agriculture, de l’élevage et de la pêche in Benin.

    We also extend a warm welcome to 28 new subscribers who signed up during AMARC’s recent Global Conference of Community Radio broadcasters in Argentina. These new subscribers come from all four corners of the globe: Haiti, Egypt, India, the Philippines, Uganda, Mexico, Ghana, Tunisia, Jordan, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, the United States and Canada. Farm Radio International attended the conference and we share with you excerpts from interviews we conducted with two of our African broadcasting partners who were also in attendance, in the Action section below.   

    This week we bring you a new, exclusive script, the last in our series on women and land, plus a story from a new correspondent in Malawi!

    As mentioned, this week we present the last in our series of stories from a recent symposium on women and land. The symposium was called Gendered Terrain: Women’s Rights and Access to Land in Africa. It was hosted by the International Development Research Centre, IDRC, and presented findings from more than 20 research projects on gender and land. We’d like to thank IDRC for providing financial support to enable three of Farm Radio Weekly’s writers to attend and produce these stories. One of the writers is currently preparing a script, inspired by a presentation at the symposium, which will appear exclusively in Farm Radio Weekly soon. The story this week is from Zimbabwe. It describes the opportunities for women to gain title to land during that country’s land reform process.

    Our second story this week comes from a new correspondent in Malawi. The story shows how farmers came to appreciate vaccinating their chickens against Newcastle disease. A chicken can be vaccinated for the price of an egg. 

    Our third story this week is from Niger. Women are running new kinds of food banks to help families get through the hunger season. There have been some interesting side-effects from their new role within communities.

    We are pleased to present a new script on soil health, written exclusively for Farm Radio Weekly. The script is based on interviews with a farmer in Tanzania. The farmer describes how he changed his life by integrating livestock with crop farming. 

    Please also note that we will not be publishing Farm Radio Weekly next week. However, we will resume publication of FRW on December 6.

    We hope you enjoy reading this week’s edition.

    -The Farm Radio Weekly team