Storing, trading and adapting to a changing climate

    | October 28, 2013

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    Welcome to Farm Radio Weekly issue #265. This week we feature stories from Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ethiopia.

    Storing your harvest to feed your family or to sell when markets are more favourable is an essential part of farming life. But farmers face a tough choice when deciding how best to prevent their hard-earned crops from spoiling while in storage. In Cameroon, farmers are choosing between expensive modern methods and the traditional ways taught by Grandma.

    Farmers in the South Kivu district of the eastern DRC were struggling to produce enough food for themselves, let alone the market. But traders from Rwanda began importing much needed farming inputs. As a result, the Congolese farmers are now reaping bounteous harvests and exporting food.

    Pastoralists often live and raise their herds in environmentally fragile areas. Borena herders in southern Ethiopia are trying to adapt to a changing climate, diminishing water supplies and increasing pressure on scarce resources.

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    All the best from us to you!

    -the Farm Radio Weekly team