The impact of COVID-19 on women in Sierra Leone and the role the media can play

The COVID-19 pandemic hit Sierra Leone in March 2020, just like it did in Canada. The deadly disease posed a serious threat to women, who are often the primary caregiver in their home, looking after their husbands, children and other relatives.  The media drew from lessons learned during the Ebola crisis, which claimed the lives of many women and children because women were not educated on the disease’s impact on

Impact of Farm Radio’s vaccine confidence campaign

In 2022, Farm Radio radio partners broadcast more than 10,750 minutes of programming on COVID-19 —and that just includes programs broadcast with Farm Radio’s support. Many partners in Farm Radio’s network have been regularly broadcasting about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines over the past few years. From June to October, 2022, 215 radio stations in 16 countries agreed to join a campaign promoting COVID-19 vaccines, supported by Farm Radio and with

Here’s how broadcasters participated in the Farm Radio International COVID-19 vaccine confidence campaign

Vaccines are critical in preventing severe illness from COVID-19 and keeping communities healthy. Yet many people still have questions or are hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccines. Between May and September 2022, approximately 250 Farm Radio broadcasting partners in 16 countries participated in the Farm Radio International COVID-19 vaccine confidence campaign. The campaign promoted COVID-19 vaccines, answered listeners’ questions, and provided good information on the effectiveness of the vaccines available in

Radio increases awareness and helps farmers get vaccinated against COVID-19

It’s around nine o’clock in the morning and people are going in and out of a hospital and public COVID-19 vaccination centre in Shashamene, a town in southern Ethiopia more than 250 km from the capital Addis Ababa. Ketema Wako is busy selling raw milk and other dairy products at the hospital staff cafeteria to generate income for his family. Each day, Mr. Wako sells between 35 and 47 litres

[SAVE THE DATE] FAO Regional Conference for Africa (ARC32)- African countries to define regional agrifood systems priorities

The 32nd Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ Regional Conference for Africa (ARC) will hold from 11 April – 14 April 2022 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. More than 50 African countries will attend to discuss and define the regional priorities in agrifood systems transformation. This conference is held due to the increased number of people in Africa with not enough food to eat daily, as

African Women Speak Out for Agroecology

To mark International Women’s Day 2022 with its theme Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow, the African Women’s Collaborative for Healthy Food Systems has shared an article entitled “African Women Speak Out for Agroecology.” This grew out of a storytelling project in five African countries and is a useful resource for celebrating the contribution of peasant and indigenous women to healthy food systems in Africa. The Collaborative is a

Vaccination campaign against COVID-19 on the air in Côte d'Ivoire

The second national vaccination campaign against COVID-19 was officially launched on Friday, December 10, 2021 in Abidjan, with the aim of administering at least 2.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines of all types to people aged 18 years and above who are not yet vaccinated or who have received a first dose. Dr. Charles Koffi Aka, the Director of Cabinet of the Minister of Health, Public Hygiene and Universal Health

A pandemic of misinformation: Radio and COVID-19 in Africa

Watch Farm Radio International’s town hall on COVID-19, misinformation, and the role of radio in Africa. It’s been a year and a half since COVID-19 has changed our lives. Inspired by the good work of radio broadcasters throughout the pandemic, we checked in with our staff and broadcasting partners to find out what the situation is, now. Vaccines are changing the discourse in Africa — but depending on which country