Research brief: Harnessing ICT to scale-up agricultural solutions

Research brief: Harnessing ICT to scale-up agricultural solutions

This work is being carried out with the aid of a grant from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), www.idrc.ca. Research problem Scaling-up agricultural innovations that can contribute to food and nutrition security is one of the key challenges facing development organizations, research institutions, governments and the civil society. This research initiative will examine the…

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Communicating science for impact: radio for reaching farmers with research results

Communicating science for impact: radio for reaching farmers with research results

The challenge All too often, agricultural research results are published in journals and discussed at conferences, but fail to influence policy or reach farmers’ fields and consumers in a meaningful way. There are many steps involved for farmers, from accessing the information to making use of it in their own lives. Supporting farmers during these…

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Using radio and interactive ICTs to improve food security among smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa

Highlights • Participatory strategies can enhance radio’s effectiveness for rural development. • ICTs including mobile phones facilitate participation in radio campaigns. • Participatory radio can increase knowledge and adoption of agricultural practices. • Results from African research may be relevant for other developing regions and sectors. Radio is the most widely used medium for disseminating…

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Scaling-up Pulse Innovations for Food and Nutrition Security in Southern Ethiopia

The Scaling-up Pulse Innovations for Food and Nutrition Security in Southern Ethiopia project promotes improved haricot bean varieties, and has an emphasis on nutrition. The radio shows are intended to support and scale out on the ground activities, providing information on agronomy, from land preparation through to harvesting. The programs also discuss the role of…

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GeoPoll Technical Report: Farm Radio International Uganda – Listenership of Bushenyi FM Radio in Bushenyi and Kasese

GeoPoll Technical Report: Farm Radio International Uganda – Listenership of Bushenyi FM Radio in Bushenyi and Kasese

Farm Radio International (FRI) commissioned Mobile Accord Inc. (MAI)/GeoPoll to conduct a SMS survey to evaluate the impact of interactive rural radio (IRR) programming in the Bushenyi and Kasese districts of Uganda, specifically targeting banana farmers. The report below analyses the data gather by the SMS survey. Data collection occurred between June 28th and July…

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Radio that works for women smallholders in Uganda and Kenya

Farm Radio International is bringing results from two ongoing research projects – Insect feed for poultry and fish production (INSFEED) and Precooked bean products for food and nutrition security, and incomes in Kenya and Uganda – directly to fish, poultry and bean farmers through radio broadcasts. The Cultivate Africa’s Future (CultiAF) project is working with…

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Interactive Radio Program Report: An Integrated Approach to Addressing the Issue of Youth Depression in Malawi and Tanzania

Interactive Radio Program Report: An Integrated Approach to Addressing the Issue of Youth Depression in Malawi and Tanzania

Anxiety and depressive disorders among youth are increasingly recognized as a health care priority need in low-income countries such as Malawi and Tanzania. However, there is a dearth of mental health care available for young people with Depression throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as poor mental health literacy, high levels of stigma and discrimination, and…

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GeoPoll Technical Report: Farm Radio International Ghana Rice production in Volta & Maize production in Brong Ahafo regions of Ghana

GeoPoll Technical Report: Farm Radio International Ghana Rice production in Volta & Maize production in Brong Ahafo regions of Ghana

Farm Radio International (FRI) commissioned GeoPoll to conduct two SMS polls to measure the impact of interactive rural radio (IRR) programming in the Volta and Brong Ahafo regions of Ghana. This report analyses the data gathered during these two SMS surveys. Both of these interventions were part of FRI’s New Alliance Interactive Radio Technologies (ICT)…

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Exploring the Potential for Interactive Radio to Improve Accountability and Responsiveness to Small-scale Farmers in Tanzania

Exploring the Potential for Interactive Radio to Improve Accountability and Responsiveness to Small-scale Farmers in Tanzania

This report presents the findings of a 12-month long research project founded by Making All Voices Count through their Practitioner Research and Learning grants. The research examines the possibilities of new digital technologies along with radio to facilitate adaptive management processes through rapid feedback to help ensure that agricultural development projects are farmer-centered, and meet…

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Communicating Science for Impact: Radio for Reaching Farmers with Research Results 4R : Final Technical Report

Communicating Science for Impact: Radio for Reaching Farmers with Research Results 4R : Final Technical Report

This project has provided additional evidence that interactive radio is an effective and efficient means for scaling out improved agricultural practices to farmers and audiences, improving knowledge, and increasing the uptake of research results. We have also learned a lot about the intricacies and issues involved with sharing research results with intended end users whilst…

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