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Meet FarmQuest candidate Salimata Traore

August 8, 2014

Salimata Traore was a timid young woman when she was selected to be a candidate in the FarmQuest project. While shyness is not an ideal trait for a reality show contestant, Salimata’s personal experiences around market gardening provided a compelling story illustrative of the struggle for gender equality faced by women across rural Africa. With…

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Meet FarmQuest candidate Fanto Samake

August 15, 2014

Fanto Samake has been around cattle since childhood and, as a candidate in the FarmQuest reality radio program, wanted to raise dairy cows. Unfortunately for Fanto, and other farmers in his village of  Tingole Banankabougou, cows are expensive. Although his mother gave him three head of cattle to get started, adding to his herd to increase milk…

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You’ve met the FarmQuest candidates. Now see them in action!

July 11, 2014

Last year, we excitedly announced the launch of FarmQuest, an innovative new reality radio program in Mali designed to encourage youth to consider farming as a career choice, and introduced you to the six youth competing to be named “best young farmer of the year.” Broadcast between September and December of 2013, FarmQuest has come to an end…

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Meet FarmQuest candidate Mamadou Diarra

July 25, 2014

Like many other youth from rural areas in Africa, Mamadou Diarra left his village of Ballan, Mali, to make money in the city. However, the city did not prove to be as promising as he’d envisioned, and he soon returned home. Mamadou’s story is illustrative of many youth in Mali, who associate agriculture with poverty…

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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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Farm Radio International publishes 100th edition of Farm Radio Weekly

February 26, 2010

December 3, 2007, was a big day for us at Farm Radio International. We published the first edition of Farm Radio Weekly. It was the fulfillment of a vision by Doug Ward, the Chair of Farm Radio International’s Board of Directors. As a former CBC broadcaster, Doug wanted to expand Farm Radio’s services to broadcasters.…

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What is the state of farmer radio programming in Africa?

December 12, 2014

Ideally, international development efforts are driven by the needs and circumstances of the people they intend to serve. But when international development organizations develop expertise in certain areas, their projects tend to be driven more by what they know how to do rather than the needs of the people they serve. The expression “If all…

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Meet FarmQuest candidate Awa Doumbia

July 18, 2014

This video introduces you to Awa Doumbia, a FarmQuest contestant from the village of Dien, in Mali’s Mopti District. Through her participation in the FarmQuest project, Awa was able to start peanut farming. Her village chief granted her more than two and a half acres of land near her home on which to farm, and she received credit…

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What does entertainment have to do with development? A whole lot if you ask us.

February 28, 2014

Thinking back to my days as a student, my mind always seems to gravitate to a few vivid memories from just a handful of classes. But why? Was their content that different from others? Not really. Did they focus on topics I found inherently more interesting? Perhaps. But what really made the difference was content…

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Farm Radio is a Winner of The Rockefeller Foundation 2012 Innovation Challenges Competition!

July 9, 2012

In June of this year, Farm Radio International’s Regional Field Manager in Mali – Modibo Coulibaly – entered an idea to the Rockefeller Foundation’s 2012 Innovation Challenges Competition. The idea, called FarmQuest, was developed by the Farm Radio International team. On June 25, we received the exciting news that this idea was one of 15…

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