Nelly Bassily | May 11, 2009
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This week, we explore the subject of farmer crop choice. Why do farmers choose one crop over another at planting time? We learn that farmers in Cameroon face a dilemma because, although cassava is popular, it is sometimes difficult to sell. At the same time, more Zambian farmers are choosing cassava because it is more reliable than maize and less expensive to grow.
We also bring you a story from Kenya, where farmers are now cultivating a particular medicinal plant instead of harvesting it from the forest. This story illustrates how farmers can use forest products without damaging the forest – a subject elaborated on in our Script of the Week.
Look in the Radio Resource Bank for a link to a comprehensive guide to African radio broadcasting, and check out Farm Radio Action for a review of the recent Pan African AMARC conference.
-The Farm Radio Weekly Team