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Voices from the field: Demitu Desasa, Ethiopia

September 13, 2017

Demitu Desasa has a wide smile as she shares her story outside her circular home in Leman Ayetu kebele, in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia. Demitu grows wheat and teff on a small plot of land, just a half acre. She also grows beans and a bit of coffee and khat, which is a plant…

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Community Listening Groups

Why community listening groups come together

September 15, 2017

Community listening groups are popular in Uganda, and contribute greatly to radio programming. In the Kiboga district of Uganda’s Central Region, 25 farmers meet once a week. They all grow beans, support each other through a village savings and loans association, and listen to Akaboozi Radio Station. This is the Kirangira Farmers’ Association community listening…

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Fall Armyworm

Small but hungry

September 20, 2017

A new and dangerous pest is quickly spreading across Africa. In less than two years, the Fall armyworm has been spotted in 26 countries from Nigeria, to South Africa, to Zimbabwe. As a caterpillar, this voracious pest feeds on 80 plant species, including maize, millet, sorghum, rice, and wheat. Many of these are staple foods…

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Radio Marketplace in Morogoro

September 20, 2017

Photo by Simon Scott Photography Farmers need information about many things when they are growing crops: good seeds, soil fertility, low-cost inputs, how to recognize disease, and how to ward off pests. This information helps them make decisions that help them harvest as much as possible. But to ensure they get the best return for…

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Nakaseke Radio goes on air in Uganda to alert farmers about Fall armyworm

October 17, 2017

Like many maize farmers in central Uganda, Peter Balaba was dismayed to find Fall armyworm caterpillars in his fields again this season. Peter farms four acres of maize in Nakaseke, Uganda, about 65 kilometres north of the capital, Kampala. He also produces farmer programs at Nakaseke Radio. During last season’s drought, he interviewed dozens of…

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Radio broadcasters in Mozambique

Marketing on the radio in Mozambique: A first for Farm Radio

November 7, 2017

In the district of Alto Molócuè, farmers produce more than 86,000 tons of cassava. It’s a major staple crop for farmers in this region, but they are struggling to market their extra production. Without buyers, some of their harvest rots in storage before it can be eaten by the household. Farm Radio recently started working…

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Sharing innovation on the radio, and throughout the community

November 22, 2017

In Awash Bune kebele, in Ethiopia’s Oromia Region, women don’t plough the fields. They hire labourers or leave the ploughing for their husbands. This is largely because the heavy plough and maresha, or wooden beam, weighs seven kilograms before it’s covered in heavy, sticky, waterlogged mud. But this doesn’t stop women from having an opinion…

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Let’s get cooking – with sweet potato!

Let’s get cooking – with sweet potato!

February 5, 2018

From the Farm Radio archives. This story first appeared in our 2014-2015 annual report. Farming families eat much of what they grow. This makes farm radio shows a perfect platform to provide families with information about nutrition. Families can increase the amount of key nutrients in their diet by planting protein-rich varieties of traditional crops…

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World Radio Day: 20+ podcasts & radio shows to celebrate the power of radio

February 12, 2018

Last month we attended the WUSC & CECI International Forum to present the Young Journalists’ Global Podcast Challenge. We asked, what are you listening to? And we heard from many fellow radio lovers. Below is a list of recommended podcasts and radio shows to keep you informed and entertained in today’s busy world. Of course…

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Q&A on women and food security with Kawinzi Muiu of the World Food Programme

Q&A on women and food security with Kawinzi Muiu of the World Food Programme

March 6, 2018

Recently, Kawinzi Muiu sat down with Barza Wire to discuss the role of women in ensuring food security and nutrition for families across Africa. Ms. Muiu is the director of the gender office at the World Food Programme (WFP). The following is an edited transcript of the conversation which appeared in this week’s issue of…

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