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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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Rwanda: Climate change concerns farmers on World Food Day (by Jean Paul Ntezimana for Farm Radio Weekly in Rwanda)

October 13, 2010

It is a Thursday morning with bright sunshine and a fresh breeze. Potatoes are heaped on freshly dug land. The farmer inspects them one by one and puts them in a bag. Theoneste Havugimana is harvesting his last potatoes for this year. I do not remember well the date of World Food Day. However, what I…

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Alberta to Africa — a continued role in farm extension

October 7, 2010

Charlie Cheshire spent his entire career helping farmers adopt new technologies in his home province of Alberta. He worked with radio to reach more Albertan farmers once a week. Today he’s doing the same — for farmers in Africa. Charlie started with Alberta’s extension service in 1947, before most farms even had electricity. “I knew…

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Annual Report 2009-2010

October 1, 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 Case for Radio-on-Demand in Africa

September 2, 2010

Over the past few weeks Farm Radio International was fortunate enough to be covered in a great article by Melissa Ulbricht (@melissaulbricht) on both Mobile Active and the MediaShift Idea Lab blog on  The article looked into what we believe is a very exciting application of newer technologies to tried and true radio in…

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Profiles for Progress

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Profiles for Progress

September 1, 2010

In Africa, many governments lack resources to educate farmers about new agricultural practices and technologies that can help them increase their productivity and incomes. In Nigeria, for example, there is one government agricultural extension agent for every 3,000 farmers, giving each farmer less than 30 minutes of time with an agent per year. But more…

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Farm Radio Scriptwriting Competition Has Record Number of Participants!

August 26, 2010

Farm Radio International’s fourth radio scriptwriting competition on Healthy Communities in sub-Saharan Africa is well underway. On August 16th, a free, 10 week online scriptwriting course commenced for all registered participants. This year we are pleased to announce that the number of participants has almost doubled to 419 people! The free distance training, first offered…

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“Radio can bring people together”

August 13, 2010

Farm Radio International broadcast partner, Lydia Ajono, has been involved with the Ghana Community Radio Network (GCRN) since it began in 1999. She has worked with community radio for many years. When she left high school, she joined a Radio Netherlands project in northern Ghana. Since then, she has been to the Netherlands for training,…

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Healthy Soils Make Healthy Farms

August 6, 2010

Soil is the foundation of farming. When farmers take care of the soil and ensure that it’s healthy, the farm will be more likely to provide the food and income that is needed. If the soil is not healthy, farmers cannot produce what they need. Soil is more than just a thing in which farmers…

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What does radio have to do with food security?

July 30, 2010

“We knew the technique of composting, but it is by the strength of radio that we have the courage to do so.” These words from a farmer in a small village in rural Mali tell a story that we have seen repeated many, many times over the past three years.  It is the story of…

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