Hello to all!

    | May 18, 2009

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    We extend a warm greeting to this week’s newest subscriber: Sammy Geoffrey, a small-scale farmer who works for Samcom, in Kenya. We hope you enjoy this week’s issue, and look forward to your participation in the FRW community.

    Our first story of the week looks at Liberian women who are endeavouring to rebuild their lives and provide for their families following the country’s civil war. They have formed a cooperative, and together they plant both indigenous and NERICA varieties of rice, in hopes of securing a year-round supply of the grain.

    Our second story looks at an increasingly popular way to turn trash into treasure – or, in this case, banana waste into fuel. The story describes how to make fuel briquettes using only banana stems, leaves, and peels, while the related Notes to Broadcasters suggests ways to investigate the use of waste materials as sources of fuel in your area.

    In this week’s Farm Radio Action section, Modibo Coulibaly, National Coordinator for the African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI) in Mali, tells us what broadcasters learned at the recent AMARC conference in Côte d’Ivoire.

    The Script of the Week kicks off a new series that we know you’ll enjoy. It introduces us to a young Maasai couple from Tanzania who will share their hopes and fears, joys and struggles with us as they experience pregnancy and childbirth for the first time.

    Happy reading!

    -The Farm Radio Weekly Team