Nelly Bassily | December 3, 2007
This story illustrates that simple, low-cost technologies can mean the difference between a bountiful crop and severe losses. It also demonstrates the resilience of a group of farmers against difficult odds. For every story such as this that is reported in the media, there are surely countless others that few people hear about. We would love to learn and share the stories of farmers in your area who have faced adversity with creativity and courage. Please e-mail FRW editor Heather Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a story that you would like to contribute to a future edition of FRW.
If you would like to generate discussion about these themes, perhaps during a call-in show, you might consider asking farmers questions such as:
-What pests try to attack their crops? What methods do farmers use to protect the crops? Are these methods affordable, accessible, and effective? Do any farmers’ organizations or other groups in your area facilitate knowledge sharing on pest management?
-If your area has suffered a conflict in recent years, how has it affected farmers? What have farmers done to rebuild their livelihoods and their communities?