Notes to broadcasters
One way to help rural women who have been affected by HIV/AIDS is to pass along information and ideas that will save them time and labour on farm and household chores. The following drama incorporates some of these kinds of ideas into the story line. For more ideas, see item number 1 in this package, ‘Story ideas to help broadcasters meet the challenges of HIV and its impact.’
Also, talk to agricultural extension workers, local farm groups and older farmers who use traditional practices. Interview local women who have found efficient ways to work on the farm and in the home. Remember to get their permission to broadcast their stories on the air. As many people are not comfortable discussing HIV/AIDS, it may not be necessary to mention it when you are doing your interviews. Instead, focus on the value and interest of the practical approaches that people describe to you.
Other story ideas on this theme:
- Minimum tillage saves you time weeding and ploughing
- Women use grinding, threshing and milling machines
- Zero grazing saves time in livestock production
- Small livestock production
- Use trap crops to attract pests away from your main crop
- Local, traditional crops that are nutritious and easy to grow
- A community shares farm work
SOUND EFFECTS: VOICES OF SEVERAL WOMEN LAUGHING AND TALKING
SOUNDS OF WOMEN’S VOICES, MURMURING WITH EXCITEMENT
SOUND OF DONKEY BRAYING
Contributed by Vijay Cuddeford, Toronto, Canada.
Reviewed by Dr Gladys Mutangadura, Postdoctoral Fellow, Sociology Department, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
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“Women and Farm Tools” in Agriculture 21 Magazine, October 1998. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy.
AIDS and African Smallholder Agriculture, edited by Gladys Mutangadura, Helen Jackson, and Duduzile Mukurazita. Report from a Conference held in Harare, Zimbabwe, June 8-10, 1998 Southern Africa AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS), 17 Beveridge Road, PO Box A509, Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe. Tel: 263-04-336193/4 or 307898/9, Fax: 263-04-336195, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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