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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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Participatory Radio Campaigns and Food Security

Participatory Radio Campaigns and Food Security

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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Water Integrity Script Package Launched

December 3, 2010

Everywhere in the world, people understand that water is life. Especially in rural areas. But water is also a resource, and sometimes a commodity. Thus, it is subject to the same kinds of problems as other resources and commodities. One of these problems is corruption. And because water is so critical, because water is life,…

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Remembering George Atkins

November 30, 2010

It was one year ago today, that Farm Radio International founder, Dr. George Atkins, passed away. The support of farm broadcasters by this unique Canadian organization started as his idea and came to life through his single-minded passion, drive and hard work over three decades. The staff and Board of Farm Radio International continue to…

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New Technology Meets Old Radio

November 29, 2010

The year 2009-2010 was a remarkable period of reflection, celebration, loss and hope for Farm Radio International. We marked the 30th anniversary of the organization, reflecting on our roots and celebrating the distance we have come since then. Then, on November 30, 2009, we received word that George Atkins, the founder of Developing Countries Farm…

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“The bond I have with my farmers is not an ordinary one” – Grace Amito

November 22, 2010

On November 5, 2010 Farm Radio International was proud to announce the 2010 George Atkins Communications Award winner was Grace Amito, a broadcaster from Mega FM in Gulu, Uganda. This award recognizes rural radio broadcasters for their outstanding contribution to food security and poverty reduction in low-income countries. Unfortunately Grace was unable to join us…

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Record number of scripts submitted in 2010 scriptwriting competition on healthy communities

November 17, 2010

Farm Radio International’s most successful and well-attended online scriptwriting course ended on 23 October. A total of 410 participants signed up, with 104 completing all components of the 10-week course. We have received 127 completed scripts. Farm Radio International staff and an external judging panel are now busy reading all the scripts carefully. The ten…

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Grace Amito from Mega FM, Uganda, wins the 2010 George Atkins Communication Award!

November 5, 2010

Ms. Amito was part of the Mega FM African Farm Radio Research Initiative team which produced very popular participatory radio campaigns on honey production and cultivating fruit trees that bees need for honey making. She has also been a Farm Radio International scriptwriter and produces a market price program on Mega FM twice a week…

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World Food Day: Farmers call for a united front against hunger in Burkina Faso (by Inoussa Maiga, for Farm Radio Weekly)

October 16, 2010

Saïdou Ouedrago is a farmer in Koualga, a village in southern Burkina Faso. He is a happy man. His wheat fields promise a good harvest this year. Burkina Faso is preparing to mark World Food Day 2010 on October 16. Gourcy, a town in the north, will host the event this year. Mr. Ouedrago says,…

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