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Nakaseke Radio goes on air in Uganda to alert farmers about Fall armyworm

October 17, 2017

Like many maize farmers in central Uganda, Peter Balaba was dismayed to find Fall armyworm caterpillars in his fields again this season. Peter farms four acres of maize in Nakaseke, Uganda, about 65 kilometres north of the capital, Kampala. He also produces farmer programs at Nakaseke Radio. During last season’s drought, he interviewed dozens of…

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Just a phone call away for farmers in Malawi facing Fall armyworm

November 29, 2017

In Malawi, farmers have already been hit hard by Fall armyworm. In August, farmers had reported more than 140,000 hectares of maize ravaged by the foreign invader. A Fall armyworm outbreak has been declared in more than 28 African countries, where it breeds quickly. It is a caterpillar that eats more than 80 species of…

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Voices of farmers facing the Fall armyworm – how radio is helping farmers

Voices of farmers facing the Fall armyworm – how radio is helping farmers

December 5, 2017

Deo Mutekanyiza beside his maize field Masindi and Kiryandongo are the maize-growing regions of Uganda, and maize – or corn – is a staple crop, cooked into a porridge for breakfast or into ugali for dinner. The Fall armyworm is threatening maize crops in Uganda – and by extension the food security of Ugandans. It’s…

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Fall Armyworm

Small but hungry

September 20, 2017

A new and dangerous pest is quickly spreading across Africa. In less than two years, the Fall armyworm has been spotted in 26 countries from Nigeria, to South Africa, to Zimbabwe. As a caterpillar, this voracious pest feeds on 80 plant species, including maize, millet, sorghum, rice, and wheat. Many of these are staple foods…

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Our work in Malawi

September 18, 2018

  Our work in Malawi Our work in Malawi 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 2011 but soon recognized the capacity for our local…

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Our work in Ethiopia

September 18, 2018

Our work in Ethiopia Our work in Ethiopia Ethiopia is home to some of our most popular radio programs. Given the country’s large population (the second largest in Africa) and strong public service broadcasting system, the programs we have supported there have reached tens of millions of people. Our projects in Ethiopia have focused on…

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Sayon Irène from Radio Kafokan in Mali

Serving broadcasters with good information to manage the Fall armyworm infestation

April 10, 2018

Sayon Irène from Radio Kafokan in Mali Across Africa, farmers are facing a new pest infestation. They are learning how to recognize and manage the Fall armyworm, a pest native to the Americas that was first seen in Africa about two years ago. With good information, farmers can make better decisions. They can recognize which…

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Muribu Ali, George Atkins Award Winner

Mubiru Ali: George Atkins Communications Award winner, Radio Simba, Uganda

October 19, 2018

In April 2016, Ugandan farmers called into their favourite program on Radio Simba to complain of an unknown pest that was destroying their maize crops. The host, Mubiru Ali, a beloved broadcaster, teacher and farmer took it upon himself to find out all he could about this pest and prevent further devastation. “I started asking…

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Tuning In Fall 2017

Read the fall edition of Tuning In!

October 24, 2017

In our latest edition of Tuning In, we draw your attention to a very alarming, voracious pest, the Fall armyworm. It is causing destruction as it makes its way across African farms — and so we share what Farm Radio International and our broadcasting partners are doing to respond. We are also proud to introduce…

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Tuning In Fall 2018

Tuning in: Read our 2018 fall issue

October 10, 2018

This edition of Tuning In showcases some of our efforts to combat the Fall armyworm — a destructive invasive species new to the African continent. Hear from Rex Chapota, our Regional Manager for East and Southern Africa, who was himself impacted by the hungry caterpillar, as well as take an inside look at the work…

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