Help farmers get the climate change information they need

The Climate Crisis

Farmers turn to radio

Farmers in Tanzania are turning on their radios as the weather they have relied on for years for their livelihoods gets more erratic and more destructive.

Farm Radio International is partnering with three radio stations in Tanzania to gather and broadcast timely weather information and agricultural tips in an effort to make sure farmers have access to the information they need, when they need it. 

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How you can help

We need your help to set up and support listening groups, create agriculture tips on climate change adaptation and support additional training for broadcasters to make sure the information they have is as useful as possible for their listening audience. A sustained monthly gift will allow us to continue to support farmers like the ones in Tanzania for months and years to come. 


Can support one Community Listening Group of 15 to 20 farmers to receive a solar-powered radio so that they can tune in and discuss broadcasts about critical weather advisory information.


Can support a series of “agriculture tips” sent to tens of thousands of listeners via radio and mobile phone on weather advisory services, including practical climate change advice.


Can support a whole village, ensuring that voices in the community are heard. Set up at least two Community Listening Groups to receive radios and regular field visits by radio broadcasters.


Can train a whole radio station in the basics of weather reporting, interviewing meteorologists, hosting call-in shows & making critical weather information available on demand.

"Currently we are facing a challenge of dryness in the area. If we have weather information it will be easier to know when to move and where to move to and where to return — where we can find pasture and water for our animals and agriculture practices."

Samson Laizer, farmer and pastoralist in Longido, Tanzania


The project

Farm Radio International is working with the World Food Programme in Tanzania with the goal of reaching 250,000 farmers and pastoralists in the Longido, Kiteto and Kondoa Districts in Tanzania with essential climate information. 


Step 1:

Working with meteorologists from the Tanzanian Meteorological Authority and agriculture specialists and livestock advisors from the Ministry of Agriculture, we’ll prepare long range weather predictions specific to each district, accompanying advice and messages suitable for interactive radio and mobile phones.


Step 2:

Next, with three Tanzanian radio stations, we’ll package the information into creative and engaging scripts to present informed forecasts, along with clear suggestions on how to prepare for unexpected weather. The scripts will be broadcast in interactive radio shows, like call-in shows where farmers can share their experiences.


Step 3:

For those who miss the forecast, or simply want to hear it again, we send updates straight to a farmer's phone — for free. Farmers simply call a number, let it ring once, then hang up, triggering a free-to-receive call. Our Uliza service automatically calls back with the forecast for the area, as well as matching farming agricultural advice.

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