Hello to all!

    | February 8, 2010

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    A special welcome to the newest members of our growing subscriber list: Modisaotsile Moilwa, from the Farmers of Glen Valley Association in Botswana; Cécile Magwa Sob, from the NGO GIC Provide, in Cameroon; Raymond Buami, from Vision for Empowerment and Relief Services for the Needy in Ghana; Emmanuel Bright-Davies, from Farm Radio Networks in Liberia; and Hama Hima, from Centre d’Études Économiques et Sociales de l’Afrique de l’Ouest in Niger.

    This week’s news stories will likely interest many of your radio listeners because they deal with two major cash crops: bananas and coffee. Our first story comes from Côte d’Ivoire, and it looks at how farmers and traders are strategizing to deal with an expected drop in the European market. Our second story is from Kenya, where researchers have discovered an indigenous insect that has an appetite for the world’s most destructive coffee pest.

    Other new resources for you include a call for nominations for rural women and women’s groups, as well as a link to a new e-learning tool offered by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, titled “Planning for community based adaptation to climate change.” In the Farm Radio Action section, we offer an opportunity to help choose the content for our 100th edition of FRW.

    Happy reading!

    -The Farm Radio Weekly Team