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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

Welcome to ‘Kamkata,’ an emerging farming village

The village Kamkata is found in the Center region of Cameroon. This farming community is located 160 km west of Yaoundé, the country’s capital. This village, which today has about 3,000 inhabitants, all engaged in agriculture, welcomed the pioneers at the end of the 1990s, attracted by the fertility of the soil. This locality presents an agro-ecological variety made up of forest and shrubby savannahs which favor the cultivation of

How one journalists’ association is responding to COVID-19

Sita Traoré Diallo is a journalist for Le Quotidien, a newspaper based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The 40-year-old is also part of Coordination of Communicators of Koudougou (CCK), an association of journalists that responds to the needs of local media and, in the face of COVID-19, is adapting to the needs of the population. The associated was created in 2010 and came out of an event based on the needs

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

Thousands of youth called to practice farming as profession

3,520: this is the number of young men and women aged 18 to 35 that the government of Cameroon has just called to train in the business of farming operations. The announcement was published on February 27, 2020. This competitive examination is offering young people the opportunity to realize their dream in a chosen sector, not only providing a job but also creating wealth for an inclusive and sustainable development

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

Farm Radio's COVID-19 response

As with everyone on the planet, COVID-19 has our full attention. Staying home, flattening the curve, saving lives, navigating the devastating economic consequences … We are all in this together. If you are like me, your radio has been on this morning, bringing you the latest information, sharing reliable advice and relevant stories, keeping us connected at a time of social distancing. Hopefully, your radio station has not been spreading

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

Bobi Wine uses song to fight coronavirus across Africa

‘Sensitise to satinise’ Bobi Wine, a Ugandan musician and rising political force, has joined the likes of footballer-turned-president George Weah in resorting to song to help stem the spread of coronavirus in Africa. Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, worked with fellow artist Nubian Li to release a song on Wednesday laced with east Africa’s signature rhumba melodies about the importance of personal hygiene. “The bad news is that