Advancing Rural Communication

PAFO: A Pan-African voice for farmers

There are tens of millions of family farmers across Africa who produce food and feed families and communities. These family farmers cultivate their fields, raise livestock, fish and manage forests and forest products. They all have different skills, needs, interests and opinions. But, they also have common challenges including climate change, the need for training, investment and business networking and now the COVID-19 crisis. Farmers, pastoralists, forest managers and fishermen

Celebrate the people who grow your food — family farmers — with our UNDFF radio campaign

The YenKasa Africa radio campaign celebrates the UN Decade of Family Farming and the voices of small-scale farmers across Africa. As World Food Day (Oct. 16) approaches, be part of our campaign, and be a voice for family farmers. Have you already participated by broadcasting our radio spots or other campaign materials? Or by interviewing farmers and farmer organization leaders? Continue to participate by integrating this campaign into a special

Working with and for young people to fight COVID-19

Young people are  seriously affected by COVID-19 and are part of the global response in Cameroon. This guidance article from Cameroon Link is meant to assist humanitarian actors, youth-led organisations, and young people across sectors, working at local community and health district levels, in their response to the new coronavirus pandemic affected. It begins diagnostically, exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on young people. It then proposes a series of actions

Got questions about COVID-19? Call our hotline - a service for radio broadcasters

Media plays an essential role during emergencies. But gathering good, up-to-date, information is not always easy, especially when rumours fly. As part of our COVID-19 response, Farm Radio International’s Digital Innovation team set out to create an accessible system for broadcasters to access good information for their programs. Broadcasters carry the responsibility for getting information to communities that are often rural or cut off from more traditional sources of information.

Radio Soleil of Pala in Chad wins the prize for the best report at the World Biodiversity Day

The World Day for Biological Diversity was celebrated on May 22. Biodiversity is the basis of current and future human well-being, and its rapid decline is a threat to both nature and people. The 2019 global biodiversity assessment report by UNESCO demonstrated the role of human activities in the degradation of biodiversity, which amounts to 75% for terrestrial ecosystems. The assessment also indicated that solutions exist and that it is

How one journalists’ association is responding to COVID-19

Sita Traoré Diallo is a journalist for Le Quotidien, a newspaper based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The 40-year-old is also part of Coordination of Communicators of Koudougou (CCK), an association of journalists that responds to the needs of local media and, in the face of COVID-19, is adapting to the needs of the population. The associated was created in 2010 and came out of an event based on the needs

Farm Radio's COVID-19 response

As with everyone on the planet, COVID-19 has our full attention. Staying home, flattening the curve, saving lives, navigating the devastating economic consequences … We are all in this together. If you are like me, your radio has been on this morning, bringing you the latest information, sharing reliable advice and relevant stories, keeping us connected at a time of social distancing. Hopefully, your radio station has not been spreading

Nyinabwenge show: Amplifying the voices of women for action

Fifty-year-old Ruth Kasimba lives in Butimba village in Kikuube district, a few kilometres from where Uganda’s proposed oil refinery will be constructed in oil-rich Hoima district in western Uganda Like any other rural woman, Ms. Kasimba collects firewood for cooking. It is exercise she describes as physically exhausting but also mentally draining. As a peasant farmer who grows different types of crops for food and sale, Ms. Kasimba could not

Farmers' Voice Radio resources enable African smallholders to access knowledge they need to succeed

On Thursday 13th February 2020, the Lorna Young Foundation (LYF) will launch its FARMERS’ VOICE RADIO initiative. In solidarity with World Radio Day, the LYF will unveil both its new Farmers’ Voice Radio brand and its website. The website has been designed to give away, for FREE, the LYF’s Farmers’ Voice Radio methodology and resources, so that the world’s poorest smallholder farmers—who are in desperate need of information, learning and

Radio Sauti ya Mkaaji and "Vision 20-20"

Modeste Shabani Bin Sweni was born in Kibango, in the chiefdom of Kawange, Kasondo territory in DRC. At the time of his birth, the village had no school, no health centre, no electricity, no communication, and no local radio station. His parents and other villagers survived on fishing and farming. To attend school, he went to live with an uncle 50 kilometres away. During the period of political tension in