Gender and youth

[SAVE THE DATE!] Webinar on April 26 - Cycle of exchanges: rural women and cooperativism

The WRF, together with six participating member organisations, will organise the second webinar of the series Rural Women and Cooperativism on 26 April. Three experiences of women’s farming groups or cooperatives in Madagascar, Nicaragua and Tanzania will be presented.  The Rural Women and Cooperativism virtual exchange cycle aim to promote the catalytic role of association and cooperativism in the economic empowerment and resilience building of rural women. More than 200

Julieth Muunga, runner-up for the 2022 Liz Hughes Award for Her Farm Radio

At Radio Maria in Tanzania, Julieth Muunga is the sole presenter and producer of a 30-minute program called Jinsia na Maendeleo (Gender and Development), which was named the runner-up for the 2022 Liz Hughes Award for Her Farm Radio. Ms. Muunga started broadcasting in 2007 as a volunteer at two different radio stations while studying for a university certificate in Journalism at the University of Dar es Salaam. When she began her

Farming pays – Graduate Farmer tells the youth

Emmanuel Yaw Asamoah, a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture graduate from the University of College of Agriculture and environmental studies has advocated for more youth to venture into the agricultural sector. According to the 27 year old farmer, the sector is lucrative if given the necessary commitment. In an interview with agrighanaonline.com, Mr. Asamoah said he would therefore recommend farming to every hardworking person and especially the youth as a means

Ghana women farmers partner to build a soapmaking business

Farmers organizations have improved entrepreneurial skills and financial management skills for farmers Farmers in Adansi South, a forested district of Ghana, known for their production of rice, cassava, plantain, maize and vegetables, used to make little profit from their farms, due to little or no access to market opportunities. To improve the farmers’ livelihoods, the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) programme through the Kokoo Pa Farmers Association has given the

Reflecting on a discussion about gender equality

For four weeks at the beginning of 2021, Farm Radio International brought together our broadcasting partners from across Africa for an online discussion about gender equality. From Jan. 11 to Feb. 5, broadcasters and subject-matter specialists came together to share their experiences and to learn from each other. The discussion took place in English on Farm Radio’s online platform, and in French in a WhatsApp group. The discussion was active

Radio Communautaire Salama: Grand Prize Winner of the 2021 Liz Hughes Award

When you tune into Radio Communautaire Salama in Butembo, DRC, on Saturday afternoons, you hear broadcasters tackle the serious issue of sexual and gender-based violence. It’s an issue that is important to listeners but, according to the production team, often overlooked. Station manager Jeremie Kyaswekera says, “Our programs pass the mic to those the press forgets.” The program is called Tupiganishe Ujeuri Dhidi Ya Wanawake, which means “Fighting violence against

If you can think it, you can do it: The story of Lizzy Idoko

Young people in Africa should be encouraged to take part in Agriculture. This is a growing sector in need of young innovative minds to help improve the economy of African countries as well as create job opportunities. Lizzy Idoko is a young Nigerian female farmer, who has taken an initiative to improve Irish potatoes farming in Nigeria with hopes to eventually expand globally. Lizzy is a university graduate of History

Liz Hughes Award for Her Farm Radio

Last year, Farm Radio International created a new award to recognize radio programs that address gender equality and create opportunities to share the voices of rural women. Farm Radio International is now inviting stations and program production teams to apply for the second annual Liz Hughes Award for Her Farm Radio. Liz Hughes was a Farm Radio International board member who was passionate about broadcasting and a champion of gender

Webinar: Youth in Extension and Advisory Services: Insights from Guatemala, Niger, and Rwanda

By 2050, the global population of youth (ages 15-24 as defined by the UN) is projected to rise to 1.8 billion, with 35 percent estimated to live in Africa.  This presents a challenge of creating economic opportunities for this growing segment of the population. Furthermore, the growing global demand for food and nutrition also presents a challenge, with some estimates citing a need to increase food availability by 70-100 percent. 

The Success of Implementing a Sustainable Rice Systems Development in Tanzania

Tanzanians who participated in the System Rice Intensification training shared their delightful stories of how implementing a new rice growing system improved their lives and wellbeing. These interesting experiences can be a motivation to others. Tanzania implemented a bottom-up approach resulting in a more inclusive initiative, which finally led to achieving a successful outcome. Tanzania is one of the participating countries in the “Partnership for Sustainable Rice Systems Development in