Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Profiles for Progress

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 than 70 percent of Africa’s rural population has access to radio, making it a reliable way to reach farmers.

This profile published by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation highlights the work of FRI on the African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI) and underscores the potential of rural radio in development programming.

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