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

WACC, FAO partner to help farmers & communities address climate change

WACC Global is proud to announce its new initiative with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help build the capacity of communities at the grassroots level – particularly family farmers’ associations –  in using local and traditional knowledge for sustainable resource management and climate change mitigation. WACC and FAO will jointly support three (3) year-long projects starting in the first quarter of 2020: one in Kenya in partnership with

Talking about collaboration: Notes from our FRI e-Discussion

From November 1-29, 46 participants from more than 11 countries took part in an online discussion on collaboration in radio. The participants discussed the definition of collaboration, its advantages and challenges, how collaboration can address gender issues, and how to make collaborations last. Here is a summary of key points discussed. What is collaboration in radio? Effective collaboration requires two or more partners, groups, or individuals (radio stations, researchers, funders,

Using radio to inspire poachers to become conservationists

Interestingly, Andrew Maimisa is not a COMACO farmer but an ardent follower and listener of COMACO’s Farm Talk radio program. “I listen to COMACO programs on radio Breeze FM and I have heard testimonies from a lot of farmers that have had their lives transformed because of the work COMACO does to empower rural farmers. I also want to be part of this winning team; I am old and I have realized

A dynamic agricultural start-up transforms urban landscapes

It is named AgroLight SARL and was created from its initiator’s will to undertake a business venture on his homeland. He is called Gnépa-Joël Anani, a young French entrepreneur. Born in Côte d’Ivoire, he arrived very young in Europe where he spent more than twenty years studying and holding various professional positions in management, market analysis and the distribution of specialized equipment, first in France and then in England. He

BCU airs their first cooperative radio

In Eastern Uganda’s Bugisu sub region, literacy remains a substantial barrier to development. Here, radio can reach a large number of poor people because it is affordable and uses little electricity. This is why Bugisu Cooperative Union (BCU) turned to radio. BCU is a Ugandan agricultural cooperative federation established in July 1954. Based in Mbale town, Eastern Uganda, the Cooperative Union was started by a group of coffee farmers led

Liz Hughes Award for Her Farm Radio

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