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2009 George Atkins Communications Award Winner Announced

July 24, 2009

Farm Radio International is pleased to announce that the 2009 George Atkins Communications Award winner is Gladson Makowa, a producer for the Story Workshop in Malawi.   This past year Story Workshop has produced some great videos for Farm Radio International that explain how our work empowers farmers.  See it below and check out the…

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Spring 2009 Network News

July 16, 2009

Our newest edition of “Network News” is now available for download and printing on our website.  It is published three times a year and highlights the latest accomplishments of Farm Radio International.  This issue touches on: -Our 30th Anniversary -Our work with Trans World Radio in Kenya -Gender Equality and Radio workshop that we ran in Ghana…

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How Farm Radio International changed my life

June 24, 2009

Guillaume Kanga Nkodo in his plantain field As a long time Farm Radio International listener (radio ODAMA-FM), Guillaume Kanga Nkodo, a plantain farmer in Cameroon shares his personal experience on the benefits of our work.  Below is his story: Well, what interested me most was that, through the Farm Radio programs, we were told about new…

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Land Grabbing and its effects on small-scale African farmers

June 12, 2009

From its earliest days, Farm Radio International has endeavoured to provide small-scale farmers with information about practical, low-cost, sustainable solutions to their daily needs.  Through radio scripts and other services, we have shared information about, for example, techniques for enhancing soil fertility, protecting crops from pests, and improving family and community health.  But it must…

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CBC Radio’s “Sunday Edition” with Farm Radio’s Doug Ward Audio Now Available

June 2, 2009

Doug Ward, Farm Radio International’s Chair, with staff at Radio Fana in Mali As an update to Friday’s post, CBC Radio’s Sunday Edition episode from this week featuring Farm Radio International’s Chair, Doug Ward, is now available online in MP3 format. Click here to listen (Doug’s interview starts about 3/4 of the way through the…

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CBC Radio’s “Sunday Edition” celebrates Farm Radio International’s 30th Anniversary

May 29, 2009

For those of our supporters who are in Canada or who listen to CBC Radio: Dear Friends of Farm Radio International, Michael Enright, host of CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition, interviews our Chair, Doug Ward, on this Sunday’s program. The interview will be broadcast just after 11:00 am on Sunday, May 31st, on CBC Radio One.…

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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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