| December 20, 2010

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    We are pleased to extend a warm welcome to this week’s new subscribers: Moîse Keita from Radio Soumpou de barawili in Mali; Claude Lamadokou from Synergie paysanne in Togo; Elvis Romaric Alara from IUCN/Radio Environnement in Cameroon; Teshome Derese from EIAR in Ethiopia; Denis Okello from Radio Palwak in Uganda and Mukeya Liwena from Mungu FM in Zambia.

    We’d also like to welcome 25 new subscribers that heard about FRW through the “Atélier régional de ICRISAT” that was recently held in Samanko, Mali.

    Good news from Kenya this week, as we hear that the country has been declared rinderpest-free. Livestock keepers have suffered great losses in the past to the disease, and are relieved that rinderpest will no longer trouble their animals.

    Zimbabwe’s recent land reform process has been very controversial. In our second story this week, some small-scale farmers tell Farm Radio Weekly how it has affected their lives and livelihoods.

    Our third story outlines a new water management arrangement in Rwanda. A private company works with a district government, and involves the community in managing water stations. This arrangement ensures a long-term supply of clean water for all.

    Nelly Bassily, Research and Production Officer at Farm Radio International, recently co-facilitated a workshop in Burkina Faso for francophone radio broadcasters. In our Action section below, she describes how a watermelon helped keep participants focused on the task at hand. You can also link to a short video clip from the training (in French).

    We are delighted to present a new script, written through our participation in IDRC’s recent symposium, Gendered Terrain: Women’s Rights and Access to Land in Africa. John Cheburet, the winner of Farm Radio International’s 2009 scriptwriting competition, attended the conference along with two other Farm Radio Weekly writers. He wrote a script that describes how Ms. Zipporah Wanyama coped after her husband died and she had to leave her home and land.

    Finally, we are taking a two-week publishing break for Christmas and the New Year. We will be back in your inboxes on January 10. We’d like to wish all subscribers happy holidays and a healthy and prosperous 2011!

    Many greetings,

    -The Farm Radio Weekly team