Women and farming, valuable tomatoes, and push-pull

    | January 9, 2012

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    Rice yields in parts of central Madagascar are rising and families are thriving. What’s the cause? For the first time, women are loosening the bonds of tradition and joining their husbands in the fields. Read how inspiration, training, and determination are leading to better incomes and happy families.

    We all know there are no magic bullets. But sometimes a simple thing like a new variety of vegetable can cause quite a stir. Our second story tells how a new variety of tomato called Moungal is boosting farmers’ incomes in Guinea.

    Over the last decade, many farmers have adopted an approach called push-pull to manage stem borers in maize. Now there is news that Napier grass and desmodium – the plants used to push and pull stem borer moths – are also being used as livestock fodder. Read how dairy farmers in Kenya are receiving double benefits by using push-pull.

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    Happy reading!

    -The Farm Radio Weekly team