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    | September 7, 2009

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    A warm welcome to all of our readers, and especially to our newest subscribers: Bably Gnaoré, a lawyer from Cote d’Ivoire; Richmond Arkorful from Greendfield Farms Ltd. in Ghana; Yusuf Issa, a farmer from Tanzania; and George Katongole, from 91.9 FM Prime Radio in Uganda. If you’re reading Farm Radio Weekly online, but don’t yet have your free subscription, subscribing is as easy as clicking on this link: http://farmradio.org/english/partners/fr_weekly_subscribe.asp, and entering your contact information.

    In this week’s edition, we continue to follow the complex and evolving issue of farmland grabbing. Our first story turns to the Mount Elgon region of Uganda where the Benets, a group of indigenous people, were evicted from their land so that the government could plant trees as part of a carbon credit scheme. Our second story comes from northern Burundi, where communities have discovered a solution to chronic seed shortages. More on this in the Script of the Week.

    And if you’ve been thinking of joining Farm Radio International’s scriptwriting course and competition on Smallholder Farmer Innovation, be sure to check out the Farm Radio Action section. We provide an update on the course’s first weeks, as well as information on how to get involved.

    Happy reading!

    -The Farm Radio Weekly Team