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Radio Station - URA Radio

Producer Organization: Tele-Bere and GhaFFaP

Programme 1: Grass Briquettes Production and Sustainable Wood Fuel Value Chains in Ghana

Production Year: 2022

Production Language: Gurune

Grass Briquettes technology involves transforming grasses into briquettes for clean energy, has been introduced to members of Tele-Bere located in Yarigabisi in the Bolgatanga-East District of the Upper East Region of Ghana with the aim of reducing bushfires and increasing community incomes. Bushfires have been a major challenge, especially across the fragile Northern Savanna regions, and grass briquette provides a useful avenue for reducing bushfires and their impact on these landscapes. 

Tree charcoal production has been identified as an extra livelihood activity in Northern Ghana. However, unregulated and excessive production of charcoal has become a major threat in Northern Ghana. Grass briquette production offers a very useful alternative to tree charcoal, which is currently being introduced by the Ghana Federation of Forest and Farm Producers (GhaFFaP) in Northern Ghana. 


Programme 2: Agroecology in Practice at Gundoog in Nabdam District of Ghana

Production Year: 2022

Production Language: Gurune

The biodiversity and climate crises have renewed focus on agroecology, which adopts a more holistic, nature-based approach to agriculture. Agriculture is responsible for about 20% of global greenhouse gases – we need to find different approaches to how we produce food if we are to meet our climate goals.

This discussion presents the experiences of Fuseini Bugbun, who has an agroecology demonstration farm in the village of Gundoog in the Bolgatanga-East District of Ghana. Fuseini shares with us the benefits of agroecology to the lands and benefits with respect to income generation from agroecology. 


Programme 3: Microbial Fertilizer Production and Application for Soil Fertility Enhancement

Production Year: 2022

Production Language: Gurune

Microbial fertilizer contains a large number of active microorganisms, which secrete considerable enzymes during growth. At the same time, the organic matter in the fertilizer provides sufficient nutrients to promote the propagation of soil microbes. 

Through the initiative of the Forest and Farm Facility Project, Tele-Bere members have worked in partnership with Lifeworks Global, a UK-based charity, for capacity building on the production and application of microbial fertilizer. 

This discussion explores further how microbial fertilizer can provide smallholder farmers with the opportunity to improve soil nutrient capacity and soil health, especially by making use of locally available materials.



Programme 4: Gender Dimensions in Forest and Farm Producer Organisations

Production Year: 2022

Production Language: Gurune

Forest use has a strong gender dimension. In many poor forest communities, women are primary users of forests and rural landscapes, harvesting products such as fodder, fuelwood, medicines and foods. Men tend to harvest relatively high-value products such as wood and bushmeat. Women are usually also the primary caregivers: they use the products they harvest from forests to feed, shelter and heal their families and to earn income that they mostly spend on their families.

Involving women in forest-related decision-making at the community level has been shown to have positive effects on a range of forest management issues, including the regulation of illegal activities and the capacity of community groups to manage conflict. Securing women’s property rights to forests can also be a powerful incentive for their implementation of sustainable forest management (SFM), including forest conservation and other multiple-use functions of forests. In many rural landscapes and countries, therefore, greater gender equity is one of the keys to Sustainable forest management.


Radio: Royals Radio, Gurune Radio, Radio Ada 

Production Language: Twi 

Production Year: 2021

Programme Title: Efforts of women family farmers in Ghana

The programme focuses on the efforts of women family farmers in Ghana to improve their livelihoods.  It features interviews with the assistant Representative of FAO in Ghana, Mr Benjamin Adjei, focusing on the role of women in family farming. The magazine program zoomed in on women farmers in Forikrom in the Bono East Region who are being assisted by the Abrono Organic Farmers Association (ABOFA) and also with women farmers in Zuarungu-Moshie in the Upper East Region who are members of the Tele-bere Savings and Loan Association.  The women testify not only to how the improved practices have led to greater and more sustainable yields but also to how these have empowered them to the practical benefit of their households and the education of their children.  The Assistant Representative for FAO in Ghana concluded with a look at how the family and the farm is linked, how family farming is a catalyst and how it impacts the economic development of environmental, reproductive and socio-cultural functions.  

The invited guests of the programme were Nana Kwao Adams, the Executive Director of ABOFA; Women farmers in Forikrom in the Bono East Region; Women farmers in Zuarungu-Moshie in the Upper East Region; and Assistant Representative for Programmes of FAO in Ghana, Mr Benjamin Adjei.