Diakaridia Fomba lives in the Malian hamlet of Dien Fomba. He left home on his 20s for the city but now he’s come home to stay. While relatively successful at various jobs, he eventually realized his future was back on home developing his farming skills.
“I’m a born farmer,” says Fomba. “Thankfully, it allows me to help my parents.”
Already an experienced poultry farmer, Fomba lacked the means to expand his project to build a modern chicken coop. The Daba Kamalen project provided him with the tools he needed to build a new coop for his chickens and get their eggs off the ground. But in order to build his new coop, he needed advice and funding to build it to government regulation.
Radio Fanaka recorded every aspect of the coop’s construction from the breaking of ground to the fabrication of clay bricks to make the walls. The Daba Kamalen project allowed Fomba to gain a lot of experience raising poultry, experience that he is willing to share with the young people around him.
One particular breeding rooster he brought into his operation, a Wassaché, nearly doubled his egg production. This gained so much attention on the radio documentary series that a group of young poultry farmers came to see him to learn more about the rooster and to form an association to share ideas.
“If I succeed there’ll be a chicken for each person in Mali,” says Fomba. “A chicken per Malian, that’s my goal!”
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Diakaridia Fomba is a contestant in Farmquest, a “radio reality” series sponsored by Farm Radio International, a Canadian organization that works with African radio stations to deliver extension information to farmers. Each of the six contestants submitted a business plan for a farm operation, and each was featured in a series on Radio Fanaka. The winner receives a cash prize to help start his or her new farm venture.