The Ghana Agriculture Technology Transfer (ATT) project is developing and promoting new agricultural technologies in the three regions of northern Ghana (the Upper West Region, the Upper East Region, and the Northern Region). These technologies include:
- improved seed (particularly for staple crops);
- improved soil fertility management (cover crops, inter-cropping, conservation agriculture, appropriate use of fertilizer);
- and labour-saving machines (human powered) like planters, harvesters, threshers and grinders.
The ATT project has a target of reaching 100,000 farmers with information that helps them assess and adopt these technologies. Achieving this ambitious result will require the use of evidence-backed, cost-effective communication strategies that are highly accessible to small-scale farmers – strategies that enable them to learn about, evaluate, and adopt new practices. FRI’s interactive radio strategies, including Participatory Radio Campaigns, have been proven effective in scaling up the adoption of new technologies that are beneficial to small-scale farmers.
With the aim of helping small-scale farmers boost their yields and farm productivity by taking advantage of appropriate farming technologies related to the crops they grow, we are working with radio stations to develop, broadcast, monitor and evaluate interactive radio programs that help farmers gain access to information about appropriate and relevant agricultural technology.