Happy New Year!

    | January 11, 2010

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    A warm welcome back to Farm Radio Weekly! We wish all of our subscribers a belated Happy New Year. May 2010 bring you and your families health, happiness, and prosperity, and may it be a year of tremendous accomplishments for each of your organizations.

    Over the last three weeks, many new subscribers have joined the FRW community. We are pleased to welcome: Paul Mzeka, from Bui Community Radio, Mngo Demse, from Oku Community Radio, and Misse Alain Christian, from Institut de Recherche Agricole pour le Développement, all in Cameroon; André Safari, from Agriculture et Construction pour le Développement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Dereje Moges, from the Amhara Mass Media Agency in Ethiopia; Doreen Magak, a freelance journalist in Kenya; Daouda Dembele, from Radio Fanaka in Mali; Boubacar Elimane Aidara, from the NGO ASRADEC in Senegal; and Andrew Ndawula Kalema, from New Vision Media Group, Mary Edgar, from the West Nile Disadvantaged Women and Orphans Association, and Byamukama Tadeo Araali, from Kabarole Information Center, all in Uganda.

    We have a variety of interesting news stories and resources to share with you this week. Our first story is about farmers in the Republic of Congo facing a common problem – poor road conditions that prevented them from accessing markets. Our story explains how the farmers took matters into their own hands and fixed local roads. We also bring you a story from the small island state of Mauritius, where young farmers are reviving the dairy industry; and a story from Rwanda, where innovative artisans are taking advantage of a ban on plastic bags.

    Farm Radio International is pleased to announce that the latest script package is now online. Learn more about this script package and where to find it in the Farm Radio Action section. Another great online resource is listed in the Radio Resource Bank: CTA has created a series of practical guides to agricultural practices, which can be downloaded or ordered in print format.

    Happy reading!

    -The Farm Radio Weekly Team