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October 13, 2015 – Take Part: “Putting More Women on the Radio Could Transform Farming in Africa

October 8, 2015 – Manitoba Farm Journal, Golden West Radio: “Kevin Perkins, executive director of FRI, talks about their annual Thank a Farmer campaign” Interview with Amy Jean MacLean

October 7, 2015 – Daily Guide: “60% of kids lack vitamin A

October 6, 2015 – B&FT Online: “Lack of funding stalls potato farming

October 3, 2015 – Ghana Web: “Farmers urged to cultivate less known potato variety

October 3, 2015 – Ghana Live: “Farmers urged to cultivate OFSP potato

October 3, 2015 – The Spectator: “Orange-fleshed sweet potato launched

October 2, 2015 – Ghana News Agency: “Eat Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato to Boost Vitamin A Status

October 2, 2015 – Graphic Online: “Farmers urged to cultivate less known potato variety

October 2, 2015 – Graphic Online: “Be careful of what you eat

October 1, 2015 – GBC Ghana: “60% of children under age six suffer from subclinical vitamin-A deficiency

September 30, 2015 – Ghana Business News: “Farm Radio International launches orange-fleshed sweet potato in Ghana

July 7, 2015 – CBC: “Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco, of CBC Ottawa, travels to Malawi, Tanzania to film mental health doc

July 7, 2015 – CBC Ottawa Morning: “Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco films mental health doc in Malawi and Tanzania

June 11, 2015 – Radio World:African farmers call for weather service via interactive radio

June 3, 2015 – Carleton University:Journalism students praise African media internship program

May 28, 2015 – WSIS Forum “Interview with Blythe McKay, Farm Radio International

March 25, 2015 – Global Envision:It’s still the golden age of radio for farmers in Africa

March 2015 – SciDev.Net:How farmer-led radio propogates best practice

February 2015 – SciDev.Net:Radio’s enduring power in changing lives

February 20, 2015 – Voice of America:Grameen Launches Media Project for Ghana Smallholders

February 10, 2015– Soul Beat Africa:The power of radio in Africa

November 22, 2014 — Real Agriculture:When Farm Expertise is Scarce — How Radio and Cell-Phones are Helping African Farmers Pick Up Ag Info

November 19, 2014 – Manitoba Cooperator:Radio programs help improve crops in Africa

November 11, 2014 – CBC Manitoba: Radio Noon with Marilyn Maki, featuring an interview with Japhet Emmanuel, FRI country director, Tanzania

September 4, 2014 – World Food Programme blog: How radio programmes can support agriculture and market development,” Benjamin Fiafor, FRI regional field manager, West Africa

August 19, 2014 – Radio France Internationale: Reality TV leads to educational reality radio in Mali,” Michel Arseneault interviews FRI’s Mark Leclair

July 6, 2014 – East African Business Week: Youth get sweet talk on farming

July 2, 2014 – Modern Ghana: “Lom FM, Farm Radio International distribute radio sets to farmers” by David Zamana

June 2014 – Mental Floss blog: “How Missed Calls Amplify Farmers’ Voices” by Chris Higgins

June 19, 2014 – The Guardian: JK’s agricultural boost promise commended

June 16, 2014 – Daily News: Smallholders urge support to increase crop yield” by Rose Athumani

June 13, 2014 – The Guardian: Agriculture eleven times more effective in poverty reduction than other sectors

June 12, 2014  Daily News: “Better farming to ease poverty” by Rose Athumani

June 12, 2014 – The Citizen: JK: Farmers face numerous problems” by Ludger Kasumuni

June 12, 2014 – BBC Swahili: Wakulima wanavyosumbuka Tanzania” (Swahili)

June 12, 2014 – Mwananchi: Wakulima wadogo waitaka serikali kuboresha soko la mazao Tanzania” (Swahili) by Julius Mathius

June 11, 2014 – Taarifa News: Maoni: Wakulima wadogo waitaka serikali kuboresha soko la mazao Tanzania” (Swahili) by Pascal Absalom

June 10, 2014 – Tanzanian Farmers Call on Government to Improve Access to Markets to Sell Produce

June 9, 2014  The Communication Initiative: “The Future of ICTs for Agriculture” by Inoussa Maiga 

June 9, 2014 Student Reporter: Radio program in Ghana supports farmers on the front lines of climate change” by Kayleigh Burgess

June 3, 2014  Winnipeg Free Press: Turning radio into farm tools” by Richard Farthing-Nichol

June 3, 2014  Orangeville Banner:Oakville natives to be educated on assisting humanity during Africa internships” by David Lea

May 27, 2014 Manitoba Co-operator: “The FarmQuest Project: Mamadou Diarra

May 23, 2014  The Huffington Post blog: Global Health Must Include Mental Health” by Craig and Marc Kielburger, co-founders of Free the Children

May 13, 2014  Manitoba Co-operator: The FarmQuest Project: Awa Doumbia

May 6, 2014 – Manitoba Co-operator: The FarmQuest Project: Kafuné Mariko

May 2014 –  African Development magazine: “In Tanzania, farmers reap the benefits of radio” by Sarika Bansal

May 1, 2014  ICI Radio Canada, Les voies du retour with Daniel Mathieu: ” Radio Rurales a 35 ans

April 29, 2014  Metro Ottawa: African Harvest looks to showcase cuisine, NGO

April 29, 2014  Manitoba Co-operator: The FarmQuest Project: Fanto Samake

April 24, 2014 – Ottawa Citizen: “Best Bets: Food

April 23, 2014 – CBC Radio OneAll In A Day, “D is for Dinner” segment with Giacomo Panico: Interview with chef Andrée Riffou, African Harvest chef, and Katherine Walraven of FRI

April 22, 2014 – Manitoba Co-operator: “Keeping young people on the farm – in Mali

April 2, 2014 – Ottawa Life Magazine: “Foodie Fundraiser to Celebrate and Serve African Small-Scale Farmers

March 11, 2014 – Rural 21, The International Journal for Rural Development: “Modern ICTs and rural extension: Have we reached the tipping point?” by Judith Francis and Benjamin Kwasi Addom of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)

February 6, 2014 – The Ottawa Citizen blog: “Tuning in: The value of voice and entertainment in communication for development” by Mark Leclair

February 6, 2014 – The Manitoba Co-operator: “Farming better in Uganda  with Canadian help” by Anne Cote

January 23, 2014 – The Huffington Post: “Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Global Development” by Melinda Gates

January 20, 2014 – Toronto Star: “Can a reality show really deliver aid to Africa?” by Marc Ellison

December 31, 2013 – Ontario Farmer: “Cell phones expedite bringing farm news to Ethiopia” by Tom Van Dusen

December 12, 2013 – e-agriculture: “Interactive radio: tailoring shows on farmers’ needs” by Isabelle Rodriguez y Baena

November 27, 2013 – The New York Times’ Opinionator (blog): “In Tanzania, Farmers Reap the Benefits of Radio” by Sarika Bansal

August 28, 2013 – PBS Media Shift: “Teaching Journalism Abroad Means Challenging the Status Quo” by Rick Rockwell

August 22, 2013 – Thomson Reuters Foundation: “Radio show helps Tanzanian farmers fight climate change” by Kizito Makoye

July 16, 2013 – Ontario Farmer: “Farm radio charity reaches out to women producers ” by Tom Van Dusen

July 1, 2013  The Huffington Post blog: “Change Maker: Farm Radio International Reaches 39 Million Farmers” by Craig and Marc Kielburger, co-founders of Free the Children

February 22, 2013  CNN: “Radio plants seeds of success for struggling farmers” (article and video) by Robyn Curnow and Leonie Elliott

February 7, 2013 The Guardian: “New versus old media: how best to get information to smallholder farmers” by Caspar van Vark

November 9, 2012 The Huffington Post blog: “The Radio Station Building Peace in Uganda” by Mary Warner

November 7, 2012Lunch with Mary: “Farm Radio International Board Member, Journalist and Former Station Manager of Uganda’s Mega FM David Okidi” by Mary Warner

October 10, 2012 ILRI News: “Participatory radio’s power in driving adoption of farming technologies: Lessons from Farm Radio International

September 28, 2012  – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Impatient Optimists blog: “What Do Radio and Mobile Phones Have to do With Farming?” by Mercy Karanja (This article was also posted to ReliefWeb.)

May 29, 2012 – Freedom Fone blog: “Radio 5 hosts Fone Fighters in Arusha” by Brenda Burrell

February 14, 2012Radio Canada International: “The future of radio in a digital age” by Marc Montgomery

February 9, 2012Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids: “Radio Farming” (See page 51)

November 22, 2011Ontario Farmer: “Broadcaster Brings Agricultural News to Rural Africa” by Tom Van Dusen

October 1, 2011 Winnipeg Free Press: “Farm Radio International vital tool in spreading the facts” by Laura Rance

June 2011Dimitra Newsletter: “Participatory radio using Freedom Fone”  (see page 8)

March 14, 2011CBC Radio One, All In A Day with Alan Neal: Interview with Grace Amito, the 2010 George Atkins Communications Award winner

March 8, 2011CBC Radio One, Radio Noon Montreal with Bernard St. Laurent: Interview with Grace Amito, the 2010 George Atkins Communications Award winner

March 7, 2011CKCU 93.1 FM, Monday Special Blend with Giacomo Panico: Interview with Grace Amito, the 2010 George Atkins Communications Award winner

February 11, 2011 Bulletin of the World Health Organization: “Tuning in to secure food

August 10, 2010 – “Press One for Freedom Fone, Press Two for Farm Radio International: How Stations Use Integrated Voice Response” by Melissa Ulbricht

October 8, 2009 – CBC RadioDispatches: “From Bonagobugu, Mali” (an introduction to Farm Radio International’s work) by David Gutnick (For a highlight of this program, start listening to Part One here, at 15:14.)

September 2009Ontario Farmer: “Africa on the Air” by Tom Van Dusen

June 2009ICT Update: “Talking back to radio: Broadcasters use ICTs to involve farmers in radio programmes for rural Africa” by Sheila Huggins-Rao

June 2009The Farm Journalist (newsletter of the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation): “Farm Radio International celebrates 30 years helping African Farmers”

May 31, 2009 CBC Radio One, The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright: “Doug Ward’s Interview about Farm Radio International

January 26, 2009PC World: “Mobile Phones Join the Rural Radio Mix” by Ken Banks

December 24, 2008LEISA Magazine: “Using radio to share farmers’ adaptation strategies” by Blythe McKay

December 18, 2008 – CBC News: “Better journalists make for better farmers” by David Gutnick

November 2008 – Canadian Council for International Cooperation: “Climate Change Adaptation Goes Soap: Using radio drama to share ways smallholder farmers in Nigeria can adapt to a changing climate” (This article is part of a series called Pathways to Resilience: A Food Security Policy Group Discussion. Learn more and read the other studies in the series here.)

November 20, 2008The Ontarion: “Kenyan scriptwriter fighting poverty honoured”

November 10 , 2007CKCU 93.1 FM, Monday Special Blend with Giacomo Panico: Interview with Rachel Adipo, the 2008 George Atkins Communications Award winner

December 13, 2007CBC Radio One, All In A Day with Adrian Harewood

December 5, 2007Ottawa Citizen: “Gates group explores farm radio”

November 2007Rural Delivery magazine: “Building Strong Ties”

February 2005The Farm Journalist (newsletter of the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation): “Dr. George Stuart Atkins of the Developing Countries Farm Radio Network wins 2004 Perinbam Award”

November 16, 2004CBC Radio One, Sounds Like Canada with Shelagh Rogers: Interview with George Atkins

November 15, 2004National Post: “Canadian Farm Radio Pioneer Honoured” by Scott Stinson