Agriculture is the cornerstone of poverty reduction. But climate change, with unpredictable rainfall and increasing temperatures, stands in the way of growth in the fields. In order to maintain and boost production, small-scale farmers need to be resilient in the face of changes in their environment.
Resilience can come in the form of improved seed varieties, the use of compost to increase soil fertility and effective pest management techniques. It can also come in the form of improved post-harvest techniques and access to new markets so that farmers can achieve better value for their hard work.
In partnership with World Vision Tanzania, Farm Radio International has developed a Participatory Radio Campaign to equip onion and rice farmers with just this type of information. The radio program covers all aspects of production, processing and marketing crops. The project expects to reach over 100,000 small-scale farmers, with at least 6,000 of them making changes to their farming practices.