Tanzania, climate change, Christmas musings

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to Laura Angela Bagnetto’s question about smallholder farmers in Tanzania and climate change. There’s news from the RFI Clubs, music for Christmas, and of course, the new quiz question. So click on that little “Listen” arrow above, and join in!


Hello everyone!

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Club News: We have a new official RFI English Listeners Club! The entire RFI English service extends a very warm welcome to the RFI Seven Stars Listeners Club in Chiniot, Pakistan, and Muhammad Saleem Akhtar Chadhar, the president.

To find out how you can create an RFI Club or transform your existing listening club into an RFI Club, go to the link at the bottom of this page.

This week’s quiz: On 14 November, my friend and colleague Laura Angela Bagnetto was co-chef in the Sound Kitchen. Laura Angela had just come back from Tanzania, where she spent a lot of time talking to farmers about the challenges they were facing with climate change. She asked you this question: “What is the crop that most smallholder farmers in Mweka, a small village on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, have stopped growing because of lack of water?” To find the answer, we told you to listen to that week’s Spotlight on Africa feature about climate change in Tanzania, which Laura Angela produced.

The answer is: Coffee! This is quite serious: coffee is Tanzania’s main export crop. Let’s hope this past week’s Cop21 agreement is going to work. 90 percent of the nation’s coffee farms are smallholder farms, which makes the problem also a social justice problem.

The winners this week are: Four long-time RFI Club members: Jean-Maurice Devault from Montreal, Canada; Father Steve Wara from Bamenda, Cameroon; Zenon Teles, the president of the Christian – Marxist - Leninist - Maoist Association of Listening DX-ers in Goa, India, and Ashik Eqbal from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Last but not least, new RFI Club member Muhammad Amin Laghari, who is also a member of the Asia International Radio Listener's Club in Sindh, Pakistan.

 Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 25 January to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 30 January program. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Send your answers to:



Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
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92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux


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