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Farmer Voice Radio

Farmer Voice Radio (FVR) brings a new concept of agricultural extension to serve the smallholder farmers of Africa. FVR provides full-featured, multi-media extension services based on radio, with active involvement of farmers, with focus, depth, repetition and near-real-time program revision based on their feedback, this will allow farmers to make confident changes in their agricultural practices. This programme is currently being implemented by Kilimo Media International.     farmers radio

Why radio-based agriculture extension ?
Radio remains the most widespread, low cost, and ever-present mass-medium in Africa Radio plus ICTs offer a cost-effective and sustainable option for getting relevant agriculture extension information to large numbers of farmers on time, for capturing farmers’ voices and for rapidly responding to the needs and preferences of small scale farmers.

Key Features of FVR
Some of the stand-out features of FVR include:

Impact Programming: systematic agricultural radio agenda; broadcast with sufficient repetition for mastery and action by farmers; and rapid revision

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Project – Farmer Voice Radio University Radio interns sensitization seminar held at J.K.U.A.T from 25th-30th Jan 2010

 based on feedback from listeners
National Agriculture Radio Agenda (NARA) and Local Agriculture Radio Agenda (LARA): to address both national and local agricultural information needs and help radio stations and FVR partners focus their agricultural messages ongoing seasonal activities
Research Desk: to receive, analyze and recommend alternative approaches to incorporating farmer voices into FVR programming
Listener Groups: farmer-organized groups across the country that will consume and act on the broadcast information while providing input into content generation through systematic feedback via letters, telephone, sms, internet and direct calls into radio stations
Gender Mainstreaming: highlighting gender relations and division of labour in small-scale agriculture and how to tackle apparent imbalances for enhanced productivity and equity 
by bringing into a discussion, the heavy opportunity costs of gender inequalities and the need for intensification of labour in the household.

FVR Implementing Partners

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Dr. Leah Wanjama during a gender training session for JKUAT radio interns

  • Kenyatta University (Gender and Agriculture Component)
  • Kenya Broadcasting Corporation ( Idhaa ya Taifa, English Service, Pwani FM and Coro FM)
  • FIT Resources
  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Kenya National Federation of Agricultural Producers (KENFAP)
  • Prebyterian University of Eastern Africa (PUEA)
  • Community Radio Stations in Kibwezi, Voi, Rarieda, Meru, Narok and Samburu.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:16

Philomena Mwaura

Dr Florence K. Nyamu, OGW
Director, Centre for Gender Equity and Empowerment

Contacts

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P.O. Box 43844 –00100 GPO
Nairobi, Kenya 
Tel.: +254 20  870 4333
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Cell-phone: +254 722488880
Email: director-gender@ku.ac.ke

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