Greetings!

    | November 15, 2010

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    We extend a very warm welcome to this week’s new subscribers: Emmanuel Eno from Youth Enterprise, Benedict Philip Yayock from Macedonia Initiatives, Gbade Agunbiade from West Agro Input Dealers Association (WAIDA) all from Nigeria; Odongo Wandago from the Kenya broadcasting corporation in Kenya; Carole Leuwe from Radio Nostalgie and Salvador Ngono from  Cortex Cameroun, both in Cameroon; Mamy Andriatiana from Mediascope in Madagascar; Eugene Ekra Tanoh from PATCOM/SAFICO in Côte d’Ivoire and Kabishanga Ruguuza from New Horizons Women’s Education Centre and Sambo Edris from Hambana breeders Association both in Uganda.

    Our first story this week comes not from Africa, but from Asia. One of our Senior Writers, Jean Paul Ntezimana, was invited to participate in a media tour to Bangladesh. The tour was organized by the U.S. mission to the UN in Rome. Journalists from around the world visited Bangladeshi projects funded by the United States government.  Jean Paul was impressed by the way farmers dry rice stalks after harvest to feed their cattle. In his story, he writes about his visit to a farmer who runs a successful integrated chicken and fish farm.

    We present another story in our series from the recent symposium entitled Gendered Terrain: Women’s Rights and Access to Land in Africa. The event was held in Kenya and hosted by the International Development Research Centre, IDRC. This week’s story is from Rwanda. It describes how the Rwanda Women’s Network has been training community paralegals. These paralegals help women recognize and gain their rights to land.

    The third news item tells the story of a group of blind and visually impaired people in Congo-Brazzaville who make a living by growing and selling cassava. The local community supports them in many ways. The group recently received an award for their efforts.  

    This week we also present a new script, written especially for Farm Radio Weekly. The script highlights a Kenyan farmer who designed an incubator that will hatch up to 600 chickens at a time.  We hope readers and listeners find this script inspiring.

    We always enjoy hearing how our scripts and stories are used, so please let us know how your organization makes use of these resources by contacting us at: farmradioweekly@farmradio.org.

    Finally, for those who celebrate Eid Al-Adha, we would like to wish you a happy Eid!

    Happy reading!

    -The Farm Radio Weekly Team