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Madelena Mkirema: A broadcaster dedicated to serving farmers

Madelena Mkirema is passionate about broadcasting accurate and verified information that can have a positive impact on her listeners and on society in general. Ever since she started presenting the news during high school assemblies, she has dreamed of working in radio. She says that working as a presenter is the most nourishing and fulfilling goal she has been able to achieve. She currently works for Radio Amani in Nakuru,

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

Agile communication and community engagement for COVID-19 resilience: The next phase 

As we come into our second full year of the COVID-19 pandemic, a second wave, new strains, vaccine fear, and vaccine scarcity mean that sub-Saharan Africa is facing new challenges. How can the international community work with local actors to reach remote rural African communities using agile communication and community engagement to create COVID-19 resilience? At Farm Radio International, our work is guided by audiences and experts. That’s why our

Celebrating radio excellence with the Farm Radio Awards

Farm Radio International celebrates excellence in radio broadcasting in Africa with our awards. The winners of the George Atkins Communications Award and the Liz Hughes Award for Her Farm Radio serve as excellent examples of how radio broadcasters and radio programs can serve their audiences and improve the lives of their listeners. This year, we decided to celebrate this excellence in radio broadcasting on World Radio Day. The George Atkins

New world, new radio

Radio has been around for more than 110 years. In that time, radio has reached billions of people to share good information, entertain, serve communities during times of crisis, and to connect people to each other via stories, news, and shared experiences. In this digital age, it’s easy to see radio as an old technology. But it is evolving, innovating, and continuing to connect people. Feb. 13, 2021 is World

Advocating for Family Farmers : 2020 Year-in-Review

As 2020 draws to a close, it’s a good time to reflect on what seems like a pivotal year. It’s a new decade, and we are facing challenges new and old. The COVID-19 crisis took over the agenda this year, changing how we work, live, and interact with each other. However, old challenges did not take a backseat during this crisis. Food security, nutrition, gender-based violence, early marriage, education, and

Learning opportunity: Farmer program e-course

Farm Radio International is excited to announce that our Farmer program e-course for radio broadcasters will begin on February 22—and registration is now open! This online course will help you make an engaging, entertaining, and informative farmer radio program. You will be guided by African e-facilitators and paired up with experienced mentors. You will learn: How to identify your audience and your audience’s information and communication needs. How to design

The UN has designated 2019 to 2028 as the Decade of Family Farming. The YenKasa Africa initiative has designed a radio campaign to celebrate family farmers. As part of this campaign, we developed radio spots celebrating family farmers, particularly women and youth. Learn more about the campaign here: https://yenkasa.org/voice-for-family-farmers-campaign-on-air-across-africa/

FF-SPAK, a YenKasa Africa partner in Kenya, translated these spots into Swahili for use by partner radio stations.

To read the text of the radio spots in English or French, go to: http://scripts.farmradio.fm/radio-resource-packs/undff-radio-campaign/radio-spots-undff-part-one/

This resource was supported by YenKasa Africa, with funding from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. YenKasa Africa is a platform to enhance knowledge and experience sharing to support agriculture and rural development in sub-Saharan Africa.

Farm Radio International is a communication partner for the UN Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 in Africa.

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/farmradio/sets/voice-for-family-farmers-radio-spots-swahili

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

Webinar: Rumours and concerns about face masks during COVID-19 crisis

Join the Risk Communication and Community Engagement Group (RCCE) and Farm Radio International for a webinar Wednesday, September 23. Rumors and concerns about wearing face masks have created a great challenge for compliance with COVID-19 prevention measures. The expert panel will discuss how local media are dealing with these rumours and how they are serving their listeners. This webinar will also be an opportunity to share practical tools with members