Revolutions in the countryside: Out with the old, in with the new!

    | January 20, 2014

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    Welcome to the latest issue of Farm Radio Weekly. In issue #275, we are happy to bring you stories of farmers from Burkina Faso, Kenya and Ethiopia.

    Land ownership is a difficult issue for African women, but some countries are starting to recognize women’s rights − as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights − to inherit, own and use their land without being restricted by traditional customs. We bring you a story from Burkina Faso about an effort to encourage men to accept these changes.

    Young people in Kenya have discovered that farming is both cool and lucrative! Interest in growing crops, raising livestock and selling produce online has grown with the launch of a social media-based movement, through which young farmers can access information and link up with potential buyers and sellers.

    Ethiopian cereal farmers have broadcast their crops for generations. But new efforts to encourage row planting are taking root, and farmers are finding that weeding their fields is quicker and easier, and that yields will likely rise.

    Our Script of the Week also highlights the benefits of row planting, in this case by transplanting rice seedlings from a nursery to the field. Read more below about different techniques, and the savings that farmers can make on seed and fertilizers.

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