Young people make the future bright

    | August 12, 2014

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    Welcome to the 300th edition of Farm Radio Weekly! To mark this special issue, two of this week’s stories focus on the future: Africa’s young people.

    Generations of Tanzanian farmers have practised slash and burn agriculture. This has led to many plots becoming barren and infertile over time. But a new school-based initiative is encouraging young people to conserve soil fertility and increase crop yields.

    An ongoing project in South African schools is teaching young, aspiring journalists how to record, edit and report on issues that concern them. One student, Sibusiso Mazibuko, hopes that the produce from his family’s plot will raise enough cash to fund a career in filmmaking.

    Farmers’ co-operatives in West Africa, unable to get support from banks, are organizing to provide services to their communities. Farm Radio Weekly’s new Francophone Bureau Chief reports on two success stories.

    August 12 marks International Youth Day. Follow the hyperlink to find out how to join local and international celebrations!

    Our Event section on the sidebar highlights an international competition for young journalists, and the Resource section features a guidebook aimed at improving the output of young radio presenters and producers, as well as anyone else who works with youth.

    The foundation of every culture is the education of its youth: good habits formed early make all the difference.

    Keep broadcasting!

    –          The Farm Radio Weekly team