Cabbage small scale farmer resigned from a high paying job to pursue farming

“As far as I can remember, my dad never had a job, he always worked for himself. He was a builder and a farmer, producing maize, potatoes, cabbage and spinach. He also had a few goats” Mr Mthuthuzeli Gqiza is a small scale cabbage farmer from Goso location in Mt Ayliff, Eastern Cape, South Africa. “I come from a very poor background and I was raised by uneducated parents. There

Poetry to help save lives during COVID-19

“Let’s not assume That we are not going to be infected Let’s prepare as though We will be affected Call 1025 And you can save lives.”   Through their poem, Jainaba and Awa are making an effort to change the way youth look at the threats from COVID-19 as they embrace the realities in The Gambia. They are among the 83 applicants who have submitted their entries in the poetry challenge initiated

Meet the 22-year-old graduate farmer

He pursued Agricultural Technology and majored in Agronomy at the University of Development Studies, Nyankpala Campus from 2015 to 2019. Obed Sackey has always loved to go into farming even before he went to the university. His interest in farming was so high; perhaps that was why he pursued Agricultural Technology. “I made up my mind to go into farming way back in 2011 when I was very young. But

Sharing & Learning : What we grow together counts (webinar)

What we grow together counts: Using a tree inventory in planted forest for business planning and development. The case of Tree Growers Association of Nyandarua (TGAN), Kenya Wednesday, 20 May 2020 (13hrs -14:30 hrs. CEST/GMT+2) Background The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), together with FAO partners, supports Forest and Farm Producer Organizations (FFPOs) in the development of their businesses. In so doing, it enables smallholders to engage in the business

Resources for communicating about COVID-19

In times of crisis, communication is more important than ever. There is an immense amount of information available on coronavirus and COVID-19, but how do we best communicate it? Here are some resources to guide you. It’s important that communicators use the right words and address the right issues so that people understand the disease and the actions to take to slow its spread. Communicators can not only contribute to

Covid-19: Hirondelle media adapt to better inform

As Covid-19 progresses in Africa, Fondation Hirondelle’s media and news programs are organizing to protect their staff and adapting their content to inform local populations about the pandemic. An overview, from Mali to Madagascar. Fondation Hirondelle has been working with its teams in the field since mid-March to disseminate prevention messages to all its personnel and adapt work rhythms while preserving our production capacities. Technical solutions were found and implemented

Two-way mass and individual health communications and rapid socio-epidemiological insights to support Kenya's COVID-19 response

Containing and stopping the new coronavirus pandemic requires equitable access to trusted, reliable information. Nonetheless, rapidly informing and empowering communities to stay healthy and safe as we combat the outbreak is only one part of the story. Any effective public health response will require an elaborate understanding of people’s perceptions around risk and preparedness to understand their concerns and refine outbreak responses to address their fears. In many parts of

Rural women: Radio stories

In line with the theme of the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (12 – 23 March), “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls,” and in collaboration with the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), UN Women brings to life stories of rural women from around the world, from Haiti and Canada to Iraq and

Celebrating the diversity of Farm Radio's network

Each year, we celebrate World Radio Day and the important role that radio plays in our lives and the lives of the communities we serve. Radio communicates important information, provides entertainment, shares stories and people’s opinions, and starts conversations 一 on air and off. The theme of World Radio Day this year is diversity, celebrating pluralism in radio, representation in the newsroom, and diversity of content and program types shared