Knowledge is power, but policy-makers often focus on what they should tell farmers instead of what they need to hear from farmers. Farmers in their fields, communities and markets have experiences, perspectives, opinions, needs, ambitions and questions that are important to policy-makers, as well as program managers with NGOs, extension officers and agricultural researchers.
The goal of this project is to connect these farmers with those who need to hear them — including Farm Radio International and our partners. This project will take advantage of mobile phones, multimedia and FM radio to build a two-way communication relationship with farmers. The Listening Post Service in Tanzania will gather stories and information from farmers using SMS and beep-to-vote polls and field trips by radio producers and broadcasters.
This project is made possible with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.