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
Gender and youth
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
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
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
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.
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
On Saturday evenings at 6 p.m., if you tune to Voice of Kigezi on the airwaves in southwestern Uganda, you can hear a program called B’Omugaiga. This is a program about farming, perfect in a highland region where farming is the main industry. But it’s not just farming advice that is discussed in this program. The production team also makes sure to touch on topics that are close to home
Radio Medumba is a rural radio station located in the Bangangté sub-division, Ndé division, West region of Cameroon. Created in August 2000, it has made the rural world its focus with the slogan : ‘the station at the service of local development’. Agriculture occupies a place of choice in its grid. Since its creation, it devotes two hours a week to farm radio programs presented in French and ‘Medumba’, the
The 23rd edition of the World Rural Women’s Day celebrated under the theme ‘Empowering rural women through the development of effective partnerships’ has given the Bangangté Local Council the opportunity to revitalize local governance approaches to better align rural women to its empowerment mission. For quite some time now, this Local Council in the West region of Cameroon, which covers a population of about 215 000 inhabitants, has realized the need
Farm Radio International has created a new award to recognize radio programs that address the issue of gender equality and create opportunities to share the voices of rural women. Farm Radio International invites stations and program production teams to apply for the Liz Hughes Award for Her Farm Radio. Liz Hughes was a board member of Farm Radio International who was passionate about broadcasting and a champion of gender equality.