Our work in


Our work in


Malawi is a small country with a strong unifying language (Chichewa). With some radio stations able to broadcast and be understood nationwide, the potential impact of radio in the country is huge. We began working there in 2007 but soon recognized the capacity for our local staff to establish their own organization. This was the birth of our sister organization, Farm Radio Trust. While we do work directly in Malawi, we typically partner directly with Farm Radio Trust. We worked together on a project that started a national conversation about a previously taboo topic: mental health. We have also branched out into addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights on air. Farm Radio Trust has been very active in local policy circles, facilitating the inclusion of information and communication technologies — including radio — into government policy as a key tool for agricultural extension, learning and change.

Our reach


4.7 million potential listeners

By combining radio coverage maps with population density information, we estimate that our partner stations in Malawi have a combined potential audience of more than 4.7 million people.



Feature projects

Feature publications

2016 | Outcome evaluation

Interactive Radio Program Report: An Integrated Approach to Addressing the Issue of Youth Depression in Malawi and Tanzania

2017 | Academic Paper

Using radio and interactive ICTs to improve food security among smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa

2018 | Project Brief

Her Farm Radio: Building knowledge and developing the capacity of Malawi’s female farmers on forest landscape restoration

Country snapshot

169th on the Human Development Index

20,405,317 total population

82% rural population

62% employment in agriculture

6% rural access to electricity

64% women’s literacy rate

Source: UNDP, World Bank

Staple crops

Maize, cassava, sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, rice, sorghum, groundnuts, pulses, tea, sugar, tobacco

Our work in Malawi

49 Broadcasting partners

1999 First broadcasting partner joined

2007 First radio project


Farm Radio International in Malawi:

Catherine Mloza Banda
Senior Program Officer, East & Southern Africa

Rex Chapota
Senior Advisor, Strategy and Growth

Farm Radio Trust:


Project broadcast languages


Digital solutions at work



Uliza Answers

Uliza Answers

On the air

Radio Marketplace

Radio Marketplace


Participatory Radio Campaign

Her voice on air

Her Voice on Air