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Japhet Emmanuel (r) holds a LifePlayer radio,which is used by community listening groups in Africa. It’s both solar and crank powered, can record broadcasts to be played later and be used to charge a mobile phone.

Radio programs help improve crops in Africa

Farm Radio International broadcasts information relevant to farmers throughout Africa

Japhet Emmanuel was 10 years old when his father introduced him to radio. This was the best way to learn English, assured his father. So every evening the young Tanzanian man would sit next to the small black radio listening to the one English program. “BBC World Service,” he deepened his voice to sound like

VIDEO: The FarmQuest Project: Diakaridia Fomba

Breeding and raising poultry in the hamlet of Dien Fomba

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

The FarmQuest Project: Salimata Traoré

Building confidence, and growing a market garden, in the village of Wakoro

Salimata Traoré is a young woman anxious to build a future as a professional market gardener. In the past, she has grown a garden on a small scale, but now Traoré wants to grow on a larger scale. It won’t be easy. Some of the difficulties Traoré faced in the past were access to seeds and traveling to neighbouring

The FarmQuest Project: Mamadou Diarra

Growing corn in the Malian village of Ballan

Mamadou Diarrra originally left home to find success off the farm. Now that he has earned some money and gained some off-farm experience, Diarra has returned to help his family. For the Daba Kamalen project, Diarra has been given a one-hectare field from his father to grow corn for seed for the market. Government controls every aspect of

Awa Doumbia

The FarmQuest Project: Awa Doumbia

Growing a peanut crop from scratch in the village of Dien

As part of the Daba Kabalen project, Awa Doumbia was given a one hectare field by her village chief to grow peanuts. But first the field needed to be cleaned up and plowed as it had never been used to grow crops. Termites were also rife in the soil and Doumbia would need a pesticide to

Kafunè Mariko

The FarmQuest Project: Kafuné Mariko

A gift of goats to grow a herd to call her own

Raising goats on her own for the first time is the opportunity presented to Kafuné Mariko. At 20 years old, Mariko is the youngest candidate in the Daba Kamalen project, but she learned at a young age how to care for animals. Having no goats of her own, Mariko’s local advisor gave her a gift of two

Bougou Coulibaly (l) and Fanto Samake

The FarmQuest Project: Fanto Samake

A young producer from Mali discovers the challenges and opportunities of raising dairy cattle

As a young boy in Mali, Fanto Samake started out his herd with just three cattle. Samake sees the advantages other farmers have who raise cattle, but it doesn’t come without its own set of challenges. For instance, he can only milk his cows in the rainy season because there isn’t enough grazing pasture for them to produce

Keeping young people on the farm — in Mali

A 'radio reality' series on a local radio station aims to convince young Africans that farming can be a profitable career

It’s a worldwide challenge — convincing young people that farming can be a profitable and rewarding career. In Mali, a rural radio station is taking on the challenge through a contest developed along with Farm Radio International, a Canadian organization that works with more than 500 radio stations broadcasting to millions of farmers in Sub-Saharan

Every month each of the 30 women in the Del Agro group put money into a pot. They draw a name and present the winner, who can use it to invest in an improvement on her own farm, to pay school fees or help another woman start a business of her own. The money is hers to distribute, or invest, wherever she wants and it’s not repayable.

Farming better in Uganda — with Canadian help

An organization founded by a CBC broadcaster now helps millions of farmers in 38 countries in Africa

Uganda has some of the most fertile land on Earth and is home to thousands of smallholder farmers who feed the country relying on just two basic tools — a machete and a hoe. In some ways their situation is similar to that of Prairie homesteaders early in the last century, who also relied on