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Healthy Communities Script Package Launched!

May 12, 2011

Farmers don’t just need information on crops, livestock and getting their produce to market, they also need to make sure that they along with their families and neighbours are healthy. The concept of “healthy communities” combines a broad understanding of “good health” with a community approach to achieving it. This way of looking at healthy…

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The First Results are in!

April 27, 2011

If one of every five people who were reached by an advertising campaign on the radio actually bought the product being advertised, the marketing world would be astonished. But that is exactly what has happened in a Farm Radio International project just completed in sub-Saharan Africa. International development work faces two extremely tough and closely…

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African broadcasters trained in the ‘Whole Station Approach’ (by Pauline Kalumikiza, Program Officer, Farm Radio Malawi)

April 15, 2011

The first time I entered the studios of Radio Ada 13 years ago as a volunteer, my passion was to serve my community, the Dangme-speaking people, through news and programs using the local language and culture. Here I am today as part of a team of Whole Radio Station Trainers, a dream beyond dreams.  These…

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Canadian Farm Radio Network Informing Africans

April 1, 2011

Radio Canada International (RCI) conducted an interview with Farm Radio International’s Executive Director this past January 2011.  Listen, as Carmel Kilkenny from RCI’s The Link, talks to Kevin about Farm Radio’s work using radio to help increase food security for millions of smallholder farmers in Africa and examples of  participatory radio campaigns for which it won the…

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Ugandan farm broadcaster helped to end conflict

March 1, 2011

Ottawa, Ontario March 1, 2011 – Grace Amito was bitter when her manager at Uganda’s radio station Mega FM assigned her to the farm broadcast. “He told me all the other programs had been taken up by my fellow presenters since I was away.” That was in 2002, when Grace says she didn’t have “a…

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Monitoring with Mobiles: Using Mobile Phones as a Convenient and Cost-Effective Survey Tool

February 7, 2011

How do you collect almost 4155 household surveys across five countries in under a month and be certain that all the data ends up in one location?   For Farm Radio International, the solution was Mobile Researcher – an application that lives on a basic nokia mobile phone and can help conduct surveys face to face…

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Tuning in to Secure Food

February 4, 2011

Food security is back in the headlines along with some hard-to-answer questions about how to achieve Millennium Development Goal 1. One of the solutions can be found in technology adapted for use on small farms in Africa. Gary Humphreys reports in an article featured in the February 2011 Bulletin of the World Health Organization on…

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Winners announced in scriptwriting competition on healthy communities

February 3, 2011

Ottawa, Canada, Jan 31, 2011 – Congratulations to Alice Bafiala Mutombo, an independent radio journalist from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who won first prize in an Africa-wide scriptwriting competition on healthy communities. Nine other broadcasters and producers also won prizes for their entries. In July 2010, radio professionals from across sub-Saharan Africa were…

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Twenty-one Francophone African broadcasters learn to make radio with a story-based approach and well-focused ideas

January 24, 2011

Jeanne Tchakoute is wearing a beautiful pink suit. Full of energy, she gets up to dance and sing. She bends forward while pretending to wipe sweat from her forehead. She is simulating a dance done by women farmers, demonstrating how they suffer to transport their crops to town. Jeanne is a journalist at Radio FM…

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Marketing on the airwaves Marketing information service MIS and radio

Marketing on the airwaves: Marketing information service (MIS) and radio

January 1, 2011

The African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI) was a 42-month action search project implemented by Farm Radio International in partnership with World University Service of Canada (WUSC), and with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. AFRRI set out to test the effectiveness of a new type of radio campaign: the participatory radio…

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