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Notes to broadcasters on food scraps for compost:

There are many examples of resourceful farmers and community groups taking something that is considered “waste” and turning it into something useful – and even profitable. Earlier this year, FRW looked at how farmers in Nigeria are transforming cassava scraps into goat feed: “Cassava ‘waste’ is good food for goats [1]”, and how Ugandan farmers are turning banana peels into chicken feed: “Community group turns banana peels into inexpensive animal feed [2]”. FRW also explored how urban farmers in Kampala collect household scraps and transform them into compost: “Turning trash into treasure [3],” and how banana peels are being turned into an innovative fuel source: “Handmade banana briquettes could replace firewood [4].”

The following program ideas may help you explore how people in your area are putting food scraps or other “waste” products to good use:
-Host a call-in/text-in show in which listeners share ways they have put food scraps to use.
-Prepare a news story about an innovative farmer who uses food scraps as feed.
-Record a field interview with a farmer who offers a step-by-step guide on how to compost food scraps.
-Invite farmers or other experts to an on-air discussion of the many uses of food scraps. Allow time for listeners to call in with questions.

For more information on compost, see the following Farm Radio International scripts:
Farmers can earn income producing compost [5] (Package 80, Script 3, March 2007)
Dr. Compost talks about compost piles [6] (Package 61, Script 6, October 2001)
Make compost in pits [7] (Package 61, Script 7, October 2001)
Make compost as your vegetables grow [8] (Package 47, Script 1, January 1998)
You can make compost in two to three weeks [9] (Package 47, Script 2, January 1998)
Where to find compost materials [10] (Package 33, Script 9, July 1994)

You may also be interested in these Farm Radio scripts, which provide more examples of alternative feed sources for livestock:
Trees provide fodder for livestock [11](Package 74, Script 5, March 2005)
Alternative feeds for poultry and pigs [12] (Package 51, Script 5, February 1999)
A farmer practices zero-grazing [13] (Package 51, Script 3, February 1999)
Groundnut (peanut) hay is good feed in the dry season [14] (Package 34, Script 10, October 1994)
Improve straw for livestock feed [15] (Package 34, Script 4, October 1994)
Good cow feed for all seasons [16] (Package 30, Script 6, October 1993)