My name is Japhet Emmanuel. I work at the Arusha office of Farm Radio International, where I am the program director for Tanzania.
At the beginning of July, my colleague and I were invited to represent Farm Radio International at the African First Ladies Summit. The Summit brought together first ladies from across Africa to meet Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush of the United States of America.
We were pleased to meet the first ladies of three countries in which Farm Radio International has development programs: Mrs. Salma Kikwete of Tanzania, Mrs. Janet Museveni of Uganda, and Mrs. Roman Tesfaye of Ethiopia. In this photograph, taken on the first day of the Summit in Dar es Salaam, I am honoured to be standing with Mrs. Kikwete. She was delighted to hear about Farm Radio International’s new initiative aimed at women farmers. The new initiative, “Her Farm Radio,” has been developed by Farm Radio International to focus on what women farmers think, say, need, and want to learn.
As a Tanzanian, I was proud to be able to meet my own first lady and to be able to interest her in the work that we do at Farm Radio International here in Tanzania.