Search Results: participatory radio campaign

Video: Radio for farmer value chain development in Ghana

February 21, 2017

Video by Anaïs Voski Across Africa, small-scale farmers produce as much as 80 percent of their countries’ food supplies, but they are often the most vulnerable to hunger. This is the case in Ghana, where farmers are the first link in the agricultural value chain but are often underpaid or taken advantage of when they…

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Talking about OFSP vines

A story of success promoting orange-fleshed sweet potatoes

December 17, 2015

Maria Mchele (right) tells her story of growing orange-fleshed sweet potatoes to Radio Maria broadcaster Agnes Shayo, who featured Maria’s story as part of a 16-week participatory radio campaign. Maria Mchele walks out of her tin-roofed house carrying a yellow solar radio ready to collect sunrays. Beside her new house, her four grandchildren play in…

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AFRRI Research papers available!

December 16, 2011

The African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI) was a 42-month action research project implemented by Farm Radio International (FRI) in partnership with World University Service of Canada (WUSC), and with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The following are the results of this multi-year, multi country research project that are among the…

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Birhanu Kindu: Always improving his skills to better support farmers

July 29, 2015

Birhanu Kindu, like many broadcasters, is highly educated, with a diploma in language and a degree in sociology and social anthropology. But he also credits training from Farm Radio International for the development of his skills as a radio broadcaster.   Birhanu works with Amhara Radio and FM Bahir Dar 96.9 in Bahir Dar, the…

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Uganda reforestation Mt. Elgon region

A partnership to reforest Uganda

January 12, 2016

In the Mount Elgon region of Uganda, farmers have raised more than 300,000 tree seedlings. This effort is part of Uganda’s commitment to the Bonn Challenge, which seeks to restore 150 million hectares of the world’s deforested lands by 2020.   Reforestation is an important effort to protect the environment and combat climate change, but…

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Lessons learned on the radio are lessons learned for life

February 26, 2015

In 2008, Ugandan farmer Silkei Mike Chemusto heard a radio program about Victoria Highland Irish potato production, airing on Uganda Broadcasting Corporation.   “The message I got from that radio program helped me to expand my Victoria Highland Irish potatoes and construct that storage,” Silkei told Askebir Gebru, country director for Uganda, while showing off…

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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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Audio postcard: Helping farmers improve their sorghum harvest with radio

December 21, 2015

In the hot, dry villages in the Shinyanga District of northern Tanzania, growing certain crops can be difficult. From concerns about drought, to birds and other pests, farmers in the area face many challenges. Last year, Farm Radio International launched a participatory radio campaign (PRC) airing on Faraja FM to discuss sorghum — a popular…

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Learning how to beep to vote in Burkina Faso

July 24, 2014

I’m Emma Bider, an intern with Farm Radio International in Burkina Faso. The month of June marked the beginning of a new Participatory Radio Campaign here that encourages farmers to produce orange-fleshed sweet potatoes. The project was launched in Orodara, a town in the southwest of the country, where a local radio station will broadcast the…

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A visit to The Hangar: FRI’s innovation lab

December 15, 2015

A telecommunications revolution is quietly unfolding in a back garden in Arusha, Tanzania. It’s happening in “The Hangar” — a geek hangout if ever there was one. Farm Radio International is about broadcasting radio across the airwaves. But it is also about participating and that’s where mobile phones come in. Six years ago, it was…

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