*Above: Ghanaian cashew farmer Adu Agi Trun (centre) participates in a focus group discussion.
Hi, I’m Janelle. I work at the Farm Radio International office in Accra, Ghana. I’m a radio technical development officer.
Between the 9th and 11th of July, I was part of a team who visited the Brong-Ahafo region in Ghana and conducted focus group discussions and one-on-one individual interviews with farmers on their knowledge gained from listening to our Cashew Hour program for farmers — aired on FRI’s partner radio stations BAR FM and Royal FM. We traveled to Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo region and conducted focus group discussions with six communities over three days. We received positive results, such as from this 53-year-old farmer:
I’m Adu Agi Trun. I’m a cashew farmer at Amomaso in Berekum district. I started cashew farming in 1996. I started using only the seeds to plant, but as time goes on we were been introduced into grafting, so I started using grafting. Some few years back I was getting say ten bags or eight bags per year, but, as the extension officers came in to give us new ideas, my cashew has increased. That is, the produce has increased to 20 or 25 bags per year. So, I have seen much improvement in my cashew and I delighted in that. That is all that I have to tell.”
To learn more, read Janelle’s recent article in Farm Radio Weekly.