Using participatory radio for scaling up improved rice and sesame production

Using participatory radio for scaling up improved rice and sesame production

In the Mtwara and Lindi regions of Tanzania, 87 per cent of farmers are dependent on rain-fed agriculture. Without rain, their food security is at risk. The area has good potential for growth, but has been experiencing low rainfall in recent years. The Lindi region also has one of the highest percentages of households without access to extension advice. Agricultural extension services can provide farmers with the technical advice they need to overcome these challenges.

This project uses radio to extend the reach of agricultural extension services in a low-cost, long-term way. Radio will be used to provide technical information, guidance and support around agricultural practices for farming rice and sesame. Radio will also be used to provide farmers with market information, such as access to inputs, prices and buyer information. The airwaves be used as a way for farmers to discuss, share experiences and raise issues of importance to them.

The project aims to reach over 160,000 farmers in Mtwara and Lindi regions, supporting the uptake of improved farming practices and supporting the partner radio station in continuing to produce and broadcast regular effective farm radio programs after project end. This project supports the work of our partner, the Aga Khan Foundation Tanzania’s Coastal Rural Support Programme (CRSP(T)), which aims to scale up improved rice and sesame production in two regions of southern Tanzania.