Research Reports

Book chapter: Experience Capitalization | The first step on the road

Book chapter: Experience Capitalization | The first step on the road

Farm Radio International was invited by FAO to contribute content to an online course on experience capitalization, and later by CTA to attend the Inception Meeting of its project. Recognising the value of this approach – for improving relationships, for detailing gaps or successes, and for supporting innovation and learning – we decided to introduce…

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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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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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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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Practice Paper: Building an ecosystem around data: using interactive radio for accountability to farmers in Tanzania

Practice Paper: Building an ecosystem around data: using interactive radio for accountability to farmers in Tanzania

In 2015, Farm Radio International applied to Making All Voices Count for a practitioner research and learning grant. Farm Radio International (FRI) is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organisation working in direct partnership with approximately 600 radio broadcasters in 38 African countries to fight poverty and food insecurity. The research studied the impact of one of FRI’s…

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African Rural Radio Program Analysis (Full report)

African Rural Radio Program Analysis (Full report)

Radio is widely acknowledged as the best medium for delivering farming information to smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, even as newer technologies are increasingly developed and adopted. In fact, rural radio has experienced a renaissance of late, both with respect to the widespread acknowledgement of its unrivaled potential for disseminating information and supporting positive change,…

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African Rural Radio Program Analysis (Research summary)

African Rural Radio Program Analysis (Research summary)

Radio is widely acknowledged as the best medium for delivering farming information to smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, even as newer technologies are increasingly developed and adopted. In fact, rural radio has experienced a renaissance of late, both with respect to the widespread acknowledgement of its unrivaled potential for disseminating information and supporting positive change,…

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Creating channels, connections, and communities: Experimenting with virtual rural agricultural learning communities in Nkhotakota district, Malawi

Creating channels, connections, and communities: Experimenting with virtual rural agricultural learning communities in Nkhotakota district, Malawi

This article was originally featured in: RUFORUM Working Document Series (ISSN 1607-9345) No. 14 (1): 363-369. Available from http://repository.ruforum.org In the simplest form, an agricultural innovation system has three elements: the organizations and individuals involved in generating, diffusing, adapting and using new knowledge; the interactive learning that occurs when organizations engage in these processes and…

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African Rural Radio Program Analysis (ARRPA): Understanding the state of farmer radio programming in sub-Saharan Africa (Summary)

African Rural Radio Program Analysis (ARRPA): Understanding the state of farmer radio programming in sub-Saharan Africa (Summary)

In 2011, Farm Radio International (FRI) launched the African Rural Radio Program Analysis (ARRPA) project. ARRPA is the first study of its kind. For donors, radio practitioners and organizations who wish to partner with radio stations in sub-Saharan Africa, ARRPA’s detailed findings and analysis provide a comprehensive picture of the often challenging conditions in which…

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