Farm Radio Weekly (FRW) is our news and information service for rural radio broadcasters in sub-Saharan Africa. It started in 2007 with the vision of Doug Ward, the President and Chair of the Board of Directors for Farm Radio International, to provide resources to our African broadcasting partners on a more regular basis. After all, many years of producing radio programming for the CBC had taught Doug just how much quality material it takes to keep engaging shows on the air.
Now FRW delivers the latest agricultural news stories of relevance to small-scale farmers to the inboxes of more than 2,200 subscribers each week. It is a service that hundreds of radio stations across Africa rely on for information and inspiration for their agricultural programs.
In May, we celebrated a landmark as the 200th edition was published. On this occasion, Zenzele Ndebele, a production manager for Zimbabwe Community Radio, told us what FRW means for him and his station:
My experience with Farm Radio Weekly has been great because I now follow farming news from most of the African countries. I am now aware of the challenges faced by African farmers, and most of the times the challenges are similar to those faces by Zimbabwean farmers. These are challenges like climate change and markets.
To read his profile, click here.
Read the 200th issue of FRW here.
And a BIG thank you…
FRW news bureaus continue to focus on farmers
In 2010, funding from the Canadian Auto Workers Social Justice Fund (CAW-SJF) allowed Farm Radio International to take the unprecedented step of opening two FRW news bureaus in Francophone and Southern Africa. These bureaus are entirely dedicated to engaging African journalists to tell the stories and share the perspectives of African small-scale farmers. We are delighted to share the news that the CAW-SJF is renewing their support with a grant that will enable us to continue the work of these news bureaus.