Notes to broadcasters on text messaging:

    | April 20, 2009

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    The potential for cell phones to help farmers is just starting to be realized. The following FRW news stories show how cell phones are being used to share good agricultural practices and facilitate marketing. You may wish to research how farmers in your listening audience are using cell phones.

    -“Dialling up farm info” (FRW#23, June 2008): http://weekly.farmradio.org/2008/06/02/2-africa-dialling-up-farm-info-farm-radio-weekly-un-integrated-regional-information-networks/
    -“Cell phones help farmers and traders do business more efficiently” (FRW#7, January 2008): (http://weekly.farmradio.org/2008/01/21/4-africa-cell-phones-help-farmers-and-traders-do-business-more-efficiently-farm-radio-weekly-africanewscom/

    For more information on banana diseases, see the following Farm Radio International resources:

    -“Farmers learn to fight banana bacterial wilt” (FRW#58, March 2009): http://weekly.farmradio.org/2009/03/16/3-uganda-farmers-learn-to-fight-banana-bacterial-wilt-new-vision-un-food-and-agriculture-organization/
    -“Indigenous technology fights banana diseases” (FRW#42, November 2008): http://weekly.farmradio.org/2008/11/03/kenya-indigenous-technology-fights-banana-diseases-by-sawa-pius-for-farm-radio-weekly-in-mombasa-kenya/
    – Farmers Try to Beat a Virulent Disease (Package 81, Script 6, August 2007):
    http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/81-6script_en.asp
    – Managing the Banana Weevil (Package 72, Script 8
    September 2004): http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/72-8script_en.asp