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Farm Radio Weekly Launches a new Series of Scripts on Maternal Health

May 27, 2009

The health and survival of women during pregnancy and childbirth is an important issue throughout the world, but particularly for rural families in resource-poor countries.  The 5th Millennium Development Goal adopted by the world in the year 2000 is to improve maternal health by reducing the incidence of maternal mortality by 75%, and by achieving…

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Farm Radio helps Trans World Radio to serve farmers across Kenya (by Heather Miller, Farm Radio Weekly editor)

May 26, 2009

On a recent holiday to Kenya, I had the enjoyable opportunity to visit one of our Partners (Trans World Radio Kenya) and hear first-hand how important Farm Radio International is. David Angango wears a broad smile when he talks about Farm Radio International. His sentences are often punctuated with laughter. Within a few minutes of…

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Annual Meeting of AFRRI Coordinators Reveals Importance of Listener Engagement

May 14, 2009

Last month, it was my great pleasure to travel to Mali to meet with most of the team implementing the African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI).  The whole Africa-based group of staff gathered in Bamako to review progress and plan future activities. The team includes Rex Chapota of Malawi, Ben Fiafor of Ghana, Margaret Kingamkomo of…

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How it all began – a recollection from Michael Pickstock

May 7, 2009

Many people in the Farm Radio “family” are familiar with the story of how the organization was formed 30 years ago by George Atkins after a life-changing meeting with radio broadcasters in Zambia. Below is an excerpt from an email Farm Radio International received from Michael Pickstock of WRENmedia, based in the UK.  He was…

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Canadian Organization Celebrates Thirty Years

May 1, 2009

Helping millions of African farmers over the airwaves Ottawa, Ontario, May 1, 2009 — Cayenne pepper to discourage elephants from grazing on farm fields. Placing a lit candle in a container of grain before sealing it to deprive pests of oxygen. Organizing a community to clean up its water supply. When Canadian journalist George Atkins…

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Annual Report 2007-2008

October 1, 2008

In the life of an organization, some years stand out, and invite the use of words like “watershed”. For Farm Radio International, 2007-08 was one of those years. Consider the new programs. We launched the African Farm Radio Research Initiative, a 3.5 year pro- gram that will allow us to answer questions like: what measurable…

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Communicating with Radio: What Do We Know? Findings from selected rural radio effectiveness evaluations

Communicating with Radio: What Do We Know? Findings from selected rural radio effectiveness evaluations

March 1, 2008

Radio does not grow food, nor does it work the fields. As a communication tool ,however, radio has proven its power to improve farmers’ decision-making by providing them with relevant information and sharpening their analytical perspectives as they undertake decisions that lead to improved farm management, yields, nutrition and food security. This study presents selected…

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Economics of Rural Radio in Africa: An Introductory Study into the Costs and Revenues (Chris Yordy)

January 1, 2008

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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