# 80: Niche Agricultural Products

Niche agricultural products are specialized crops or livestock for which there is a very particular but limited market. For example, mushrooms, potatoes and other vegetables are considered niche crops in many parts of Africa, as are flowers, spices, fruits and medicinal herbs. Snails and rabbits are examples of animals that are considered niche products in parts of Africa.

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# 79: Post-Harvest

Growing and harvesting a crop is only half of the battle for farmers around the world. Depending on the crop, there can be several steps a farmer must complete before selling it, including processing, storage, transport and marketing. Unfortunately, each step can pose problems for farmers, and can result in the loss of some or much of the crop.

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# 78: Millennium Development Goals

Broadcasters were invited to submit scripts on one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A total of 26 scripts from broadcasters based in 15 countries were received and evaluated by a panel of international judges. Each of the seven winning scripts and three runner-up scripts are included in package 78.

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# 76: Agroforestry Practices in Combating Desertification

The United Nations (UN) has designated 2006 as the Year of Desertification, marking ten years since the UN Convention to Combat Desertification came into force.

Poverty is a main contributor to environmental degradation. Two-thirds of African lands are vulnerable to desertification and over 70% of African agricultural drylands are already degraded, making Africa the continent most severely affected by desertification.

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