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With funding from the Government of Flanders, SRIEED project is improving food, nutrition and income security of smallholder farmers through increasing the availability & accessibility of radio & ICT-based extension services. The project targets 500, 000 smallholder farmers in 7 districts of Thyolo, Kasungu, Ntchisi, Blantyre, Mchinji, Mzimba and Dedza, and working with Zodiak Broadcasting Station, MudziWathu Community Radio, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, Nkhotakota Community Radio, the Voice of Livingstonia and Maziko Radio Station.
With funding from the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) Farm Radio Trust is promoting social accountability through access to information on weather and climate smart agriculture using radio and other ICTs. FRT is strengthening the capacity of farmers and the community structures such as Area Development Committees, Village Development Committees, Area Stakeholder Panels, and Village Agriculture Committee as platforms for dialogue and engagement where farmers and other vulnerable groups interact with community radio and other ICTs to engage with duty bearers in demanding information on weather and climate smart agriculture to ensure accountability.
With funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Feed the Future (FTF) Agriculture Diversification Activity, Farm Radio Trust is spearheading the communication aspects of the project including growth of agriculture incomes and employment, resilience of smallholder farmers strengthened, Nutrition status of women and children improved and women empowerment. The projects targets over 1 million farm families. FRT is using multimedia approach: Interactive radio, mobile phone, farmer mediated videos and the Call Centre (Mlimi Hotline) to help farmers access real time extension services. FRT has been running radio campaigns on the Fall Army Worm, Aflatoxin management, PICS Bag, Groundnuts, Soybeans, Inoculant, Drip Irrigation, Good Seed, Nutrition and Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato. Soon the project will run a campaign on Bamboo value chain.
Project With funding from the World Food Programme Farm Radio Trust is implementing phase II of the Interactive Weather and Climate Adaptation Radio Programming (IWCARP) project in Mangochi, Machinga, Balaka, Zomba, Blatyre Rural, and Chikwawa districts. The project aims at reducing the vulnerability of society to climate related hazards through better provision of climate services or tailored weather and climate information designed to inform decision making of smallholder farmers. The IWCARP project develops and disseminates weather and climate related information to over 35% of farming families in the target six districts through interactive radio programming; builds capacity of partner radio stations to design and produce high quality weather and climate related radio services; and to improve interactivity and reach of the radio services to at least10% of the targeted farming families through integration of other ICTs specifically mobile platforms.
With funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Farm Radio Trust in collaboration with Farm Radio International is implementing a research intervention on the use of radio and other ICTs to scale up agricultural solutions. This project aims at contributing to the overall challenge of scaling agricultural solutions in rural areas, specifically in sub-Saharan Africa, through a study focused on the role of, and contributions of ICTs. Specifically, the project proposes to investigate the ways in which ICT is applied and how ICT strategies are designed, implemented and tested in current and past projects to scale up solutions in agricultural development and food security. The project stands to address gaps in understanding the developmental impact of ICTs, their impact on gender dynamics, and their potential contribution to scaling agricultural innovations. This project is being implemented in two Extension Planning Area in Mchinji district.
Communication for Scaling up Farmer- Managed Natural Regeneration (C4S-FMNR) is a project that aims at using a rapid, low cost and easily replicated approach to restoring and improving agricultural, forested and pastures lands. FMNR is based on encouraging the systematic re-growth of existing trees or self-sown seeds. It may be used wherever there are living tree stumps or roots (many at or just below ground level) with the ability to coppice (re-regenerate) or seeds in the soil that can germinate.
Farm Radio Trust is therefore looking at implementing the C4S-FMNR project in Dowa and Lilongwe districts, targeting 100,000 small holder farmers, even more. This is to attained by producing 36 weekly episodes (radio programs) in 1 year, that are to be broadcasted using Maziko Radio Station because it has a good coverage in these districts, where by farmers will voice out their experience in FMNR for others to adopt the practice, both on farm and off farm.
FRT will be implementing this project in partnership with World Vision, Total Land Care, Department of Forestry and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development and with technical support from the Network Institute of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, World Resources Institute and Farm Radio International (FRI). The project will run from June 2019 to May 2020.