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Listen to another award-winning script

June 17, 2010

We are happy to present the second English audio production of one of our award-winning scripts from the Smallholder Farmer Innovation script package. Thanks once again to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations for funding this audio production. The production you are about to hear is from the script: “Women use…

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Rosemond Ohene: Giving Voice to Farmers in Ghana

June 9, 2010

Rosemond Ohene, a graduate from Cape Cost University in Accra, joined Ghana’s Rite FM with no experience in radio broadcasting.  It was a very challenging task but luckily for Rose, she found the Farm Radio International web site.  She soon discovered that there was an office in Ghana that operated the African Farm Radio Research…

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“Honouring a Father’s Passion” – featured in latest Network News

June 3, 2010

The best way to pay a tribute is to respect and honour the passions of loved ones. Ian Fraser has just done that by making a donation to Farm Radio International in memory of his father Donald D. Fraser, an ardent admirer of agriculture and farm practices. Don Fraser, died in 2009 at the age…

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From extension officer to farm radio broadcaster

May 27, 2010

His name is Asio Koku, an agricultural research officer working for Ho Municipality in Ghana. His duties include sending information about new technologies to farmers and assisting with data collection. His encounter with Farm Radio International’s African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI) was a simple one. But now he can’t forget how it transformed his…

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Participatory Radio Campaigns Work

May 21, 2010

It has been 3 years since we launched the African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI) in which we set out to assess the effectiveness of farm radio on meeting the food security objectives of rural farming households in Africa. Radio stations from Tanzania, Uganda, Mali, Ghana and Malawi took part in the initiative that involved…

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Competition winner says listening to farmers is the key

May 7, 2010

John Cheburet’s “media fantasy” was formed at a young age. As a boy, he and his brother used their father’s radio. They listened to many programs: from sports commentary to news on Deutsche Welle Swahili. In school, he realized that his awareness and general knowledge was above his peers who did not listen to radio.…

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Farmer Innovation Script Package Launched

April 28, 2010

Welcome to package 90! This package features the 15 winning scripts from the radio scriptwriting competition on smallholder farmer innovation. The scripts tell fascinating stories about creative farmers across sub-Saharan Africa who have come up with ways to improve their livelihoods. Innovative farmers create change and improvement in their families’ lives and their communities. They…

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Radio 2.0: Using SMS to Enhance Radio

April 9, 2010

“Beep Beep” the sound of an SMS (short message service) arriving in your phone’s inbox rings and vibrates from your pocket.  You pause for a moment from preparing your compost pit to read what has come: Dear listener –  Heka heka vijijini starts in 30 minutes on 93.3 Sibuka FM. This week’s program talks about marketing local…

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Winnie & Rose’s Story

April 1, 2010

Last fall, I visited the village of Omotol in the Seroti District of north-eastern Uganda. This is one community that has been reached by a special program that was broadcast by the Voice of Teso radio station in Seroti with Farm Radio International’s assistance (as part of the African Farm Radio Research Initiative, AFRRI) on…

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Press Release: Farm Radio International Wins Award for Radio Campaign Strategy in Africa

March 23, 2010

Ottawa, Canada, March 23, 2010 – Farm Radio International is a recipient of the ALINe 2010 Farmer Voice Awards announced on March 11.  Organizations from twenty countries submitted nominations for the awards which are given to projects that promote the voice of farmers.   ALINe works with a wide range of agricultural organizations, providing technical…

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