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    | March 15, 2010

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    Welcome, readers, to this week’s edition to Farm Radio Weekly. We extend a special welcome to this week’s newest subscribers: Aaron Thacher, from Samaritan’s Purse in Niger; and Otim Jack and Sarah Apio, from Radio APAC in Uganda. We also invite you to share Farm Radio Weekly with any colleagues who are interested in agriculture and radio in Africa, by inviting them to subscribe to FRW at: http://farmradio.org/english/partners/fr_weekly_subscribe.asp.

    Last week, we published a special edition to mark International Women’s Day, but our coverage of issues of importance to rural women is ongoing. Our first story is from Swaziland, where a major advancement in women’s rights has been achieved. A recent court ruling gives some women, for the first time, the right to own and administer property. Another issue of great importance is raised in this week’s Script of the Week: maternal health. We’ll pursue this issue further, next week, with a news story that looks at efforts to recognize and improve upon maternal health problems in Burkina Faso.

    Our second news story looks at an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever in South Africa. This is an important disease to be aware of, as it can spread from animals to humans and, in recent years, it has appeared in a number of African countries. Also remember that you can look for radio scripts about livestock health issues relevant to your community in Farm Radio’s online script bank: http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/livestock.asp.

    Happy reading!

    -The Farm Radio Weekly Team