Notes to broadcasters
Scientific reports published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007 say that rapid population growth has put extreme pressure on the natural environment in Africa. Globally, over one billion people experience the hardship of hunger, a figure which continues to rise even amidst the riches of the 21st century.
This programme on sack farming provides a glimmer of hope for managing household food security. It features Mike Buseti, a Kenyan farmer, who discovers sack farming. Sack farming averts the starvation that previously threatened his family.
Sack farming involves planting vegetable seedlings on the sides of earth-filled synthetic sacks that are placed on rooftops or doorsteps. Sack farming can be practised anywhere in the world, as it does not require farmland and rainwater.
This script is based on an actual interview. You could use this script as inspiration to research and write a script on a similar topic in your area. Or you might choose to produce this script on your station, using voice actors to represent the speakers. If so, please make sure to tell your audience at the beginning of the program that the voices are those of actors, not the original people involved in the interviews.
listening to our program. I am your presenter, Rosemary Nyaole. Fade up signature tune, then out
seedlings on the sides of earth-filled sacks that are placed on rooftops or doorsteps. We’ve already discovered how Mike, a Kenyan urban farmer, started sack farming. You might be wondering what it takes to make sack farming a reality. Let’s demonstrate this together with Mike.
- Contributed by: Rosemary Nyaole-Kowuor, Shine 103.1FM, (Daystar University, Kenya).
- Reviewed by: Takawira Mubvami, Urban Agriculture Programme Coordinator, Municipal Development Partnership, Eastern and Southern Africa, Harare, Zimbabwe.
- Thanks to: Michael Musembi, Nairobi (Kenya), interviewed on 11th September 2009; and Daystar University 2009 Broadcast Drama Class (Athi-River Campus), who recorded the drama on 14th October 2009.