Hello to all!

    | November 3, 2008

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    This week, we are thrilled to welcome 18 new African subscribers to the FRW community. New subscribers include Lamoussa Robgo from Radiodiffusion-Television du Burkina in Burkina Faso; Solange Tshiloz from Radio Tele Deogracias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Charles Haskins from Sudan Radio Service in Kenya; teacher trainer Simeon B. Mawindo, Marvin Hanke from the Story Workshop, and Hestern Banda from Salephera Consulting Ltd, all from Malawi; Gnouma Keita from Radio Nationale du Mali; Adeshola Ayuba Ayinde from Lagos State University in Nigeria; and Gordon Naidoo from Open Learning Systems Education Trust in South Africa. We also welcome nine new Tanzanian subscribers who recently participated in training through the African Farm Radio Research Initiative.

    One of our newest correspondents, Sawa Pius, has been busy covering conferences on bananas and honey in Eastern Africa. This week, he brings us a second report from the International Banana Conference held in Mombasa, Kenya, looking at the re-emergence of indigenous technology for managing banana pests. (To see Sawa’s first report from Banana 2008, go to: http://weekly.farmradio.org/2008/10/27/1-rwanda-processing-bananas-changes-lives-in-rwanda-by-sawa-pius-for-farm-radio-weekly-in-mombasa-kenya/.) Look for Sawa’s article from Honey Trade Expo 2008, held in Kampala, Uganda, in next week’s FRW. And see this week’s News in Review section for more stories of interest to farmers and fishers!

    We also bring you a special report from CTA’s international seminar on climate change and sustainable agriculture, held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Jean Paul Ntezimana, from Radio Salus in Rwanda, and Gladson Makowa, from the Story Workshop in Malawi, were sponsored to attend the event after winning the CTA-Farm Radio International scriptwriting competition on African Farmer Adaptations to Climate Change. Both journalists provide us with their reflections on the event – and the future of scientific reporting on climate change – in the Farm Radio Action section of this week’s FRW.

    Happy reading!

    -The Farm Radio Weekly Team