Notes to broadcasters
A good way to involve farmers in radio broadcasts is to interview them about innovations they have developed. The following script relates a true story of a farmer innovation that increased food supplies for a refugee population. While your local population might not include refugees, the information can be adapted to other emergency situations, such as armed conflict or natural disaster. You may also wish to use a local crop, instead of coffee (as used in the script). Alternatively, you can introduce coffee as an example that farmers in your listening audience can learn from and adapt to their own conditions.
Broadcasting information about farmers’ innovations provides inspiration for other farmers and motivates them to do their own experiments. If possible, it is recommended that you go to the field to interview farmers in their own environment where they feel most comfortable.
Mr. George Rueda:
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- Contributed by Jennifer Pittet, Thornbury, Ontario, Canada.
- Reviewed by Vignes Thievendaram, Agricultural specialist, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.
- “The role of potato and sweetpotato in disaster relief: The case of Rwandan refugees in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex-Zaire), 1994-96,” by M. Tanbanik, P. Phezo, P.T. Ewell, N.B. Lutaladio, G. Scott, CIP Program Report, 1997-98. International Potato Centre, Lima, Peru.
- “Coffee pulp as manure on sweet potato,” by Beka F. Siki, Harvest, Volume 8, No. 4, Fourth quarter, 1982. Department of Agriculture and Livestock, PO Box 417, Konedobu, Papua New Guinea.
- “Compost increases sweet potato yields in the highlands,” by Euclid D’Souza, R. Michael Bourke, Harvest, Volume 8, Number 4, 1982.
- “Improving subsistence agriculture on the Nembi Plateau,” Harvest, Volume 9, Number 2, 1983.