Farm Radio: Rural/Agriculture Sector

For our sector presentation, I researched an interesting ongoing project called Farm Radio. Farm Radio is great because the majority of people in Africa, especially rural farmers, do not have access or means to TV/Internet. However, a great number possess a radio. By means of communication via radio, Farm Radio aims “to provide and exchange practical, relevant and timely information for use by our broadcasting partners (community, public and private radio stations, farmers associations, productions houses)” and also to “enhance the ability of our broadcasting partners to serve the interests of small-scale farmers and their communities and to ensure food security.” I think that this is a great example because all solutions to problems/improving situations with technology don’t always have to be expensive. . .by utilizing something that everyone already has, a great initiative could be started.  Access to radio is significantly easier, and radio has low production costs.76% of farmers in Africa have access to a radio.

For informative YouTube videos on how the process actually works (sharing of farming techniques for example…) see the follow


6 responses to “Farm Radio: Rural/Agriculture Sector

  • ewaller11

    Do you think a possible downside of this kind of technology is that it is not interactive? It seems like it could possibly be a top-down approach, more focused on just relaying what outsiders believe is “important” information. However, utilizing radio technology is a good idea since it does not require a large change in pre-existing infrastructure.

  • gwendroff

    Although I see where liz is coming from, I think that this is a good solution in terms of the people who do not have access to other forms of more interactive technology. My group presentation was about the education sector and we looked into educational radio programs. Although it is not the BEST way to integrate technology in an interactive way it is better than not having the benefits of that technology at all.

  • Paige Boetefuer

    Although it may not be an interactive technology, it can get important information to farmers and spark discussion among farmers in rural areas. Even in the US, we depend on TV, radio, and newspaper for much of our information. Although these aren’t necessarily “interactive” ICTs, they are still valuable.

  • zgoldmann

    I agree, though the downside is that it isn’t interactive. It may spark interaction within peoples own communities.

    Also if the cost of a technology being interactive is so exorbitant that it’s not practical to implement than you are left implementing nothing, instead of using a technology that is already in place, even if it isn’t IDEAL.

  • cobykg

    I agree as a largely accessible ICT, radio serves as the only channel of information that can reach these small-scale, rural farmers. Although radio is not a personalized technology where users can access information specific to their needs, Farm Radio has made an effort to make their program more interactive by giving local farmers a voice on the air. Until more sophisticated forms of technology can be supported in poor, rural communities, radio seems like a helpful tool in the meantime.

  • AmeliaConrad

    Have their been attempts to make this technology more interactive? For example, all their opportunities for feedback, call-in, etc.? Overall, I think it is incredibly smart to make use of existing technologies rather than trying to reinvent the wheel!

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