Welcome to all!

    | October 26, 2009

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    A warm welcome to all of our readers, and especially our newest subscribers : Inês José, from Prmédia in Angola; Françoise Bibiane Yoda, from Réseau Femmes en Action in Burkina Faso; Girma Moges, from Action Aid in Ethiopia; François Blackye Ngueye-Nze, from the NGO Club de l’amitié in Gabon; Karim Ouattara, from SDSES in Mali; Chibueze Nwatu, from ESBS in Nigeria; Danielle Lavoie, from the Conseil National de Concertation et de Coopération des Ruraux in Senegal; Daniel Wamala from Arua One FM in Uganda; and Chris Kakunta, from the National Agricultural Information Services in Zambia.

    We hope that this week’s news stories generate some engaging discussions at your organizations and on your radio airwaves. Our first story visits a seed fair in Mozambique where farmers gather to exchange locally-adapted seed varieties and share their knowledge on growing techniques. Our second story comes from Niger, where some city-dwellers are reversing the trend of rural-urban migration by heading back to the country to grow food. Finally, our third story of the week explains how South African potato farmers won their fight against the introduction of genetically-modified potatoes.

    As always, you’ll find information about interesting opportunities for broadcasters in the Upcoming Events and Radio Resource Bank sections. Our Farm Radio Action section features an interview with Stanley Khaila, Chair of the National Advisory Committee for the African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI) in Malawi, who describes some early and exciting findings from a participatory radio campaign.

    We would also like to let you know about FRW’s 2009 Subscriber Survey. In the coming days, all FRW subscribers will receive a request to complete a short survey. This survey will provide us with valuable information on what aspects of FRW you value most (and least), and what you’d like to see more of in future editions. Your feedback will help shape the future of the FRW service, so please keep an eye out for this survey and tell us what you think! We look forward to reading your feedback.

    Happy reading!

    -The Farm Radio Weekly Team