Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Profiles for Progress
In Africa, many governments lack resources to educate farmers about new agricultural practices and technologies that can help them increase their productivity and incomes. In Nigeria, for example, there is one government agricultural extension agent for every 3,000 farmers, giving each farmer less than 30 minutes of time with an agent per year. But more than 70 percent of Africa’s rural population has access to radio, making it a reliable way to reach farmers.
This profile published by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation highlights the work of FRI on the African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI) and underscores the potential of rural radio in development programming.
Year Published: 2010
Contact: Ian Pringle at firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication Type: Project Briefs
Funders: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Radio Partners: CBS, Classic FM, Dzimwe Community Radio, FADECO, Kigadi Kibaale (KKCR), Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), Mega FM, Mudziwathu Community Radio, Nkhotakota Community Radio, ORTM Segou, Radio Ada, Radio Afram Plains, Radio Baguine, Radio Banjo, Radio BAR, Radio Fanaka, Radio Jigiya, Radio Maria, Radio Simli, Sibuka FM, Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation - Taifa, UBC, Voice of Teso, Volta Star Radio, Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS)