Small-scale African farmers are among the most vulnerable to hunger, despite the fact they typically produce 70 per cent or more of their countries’ food supplies. Many factors contribute to this problem, but an important part of the solution is to share knowledge of how to derive more benefits from the agricultural “value chain” that small-scale farmers are connected to. By choosing the right planting materials, harvesting at the right time, processing and storing produce carefully, and negotiating with different buyers, small-scale farmers can cultivate more food for their families and generate more income from the produce they sell.
Farm Radio International will help farmers obtain more value for the efforts at every stage of the value chain with a new five-year initiative called Radio for Farmer Value Chain Development. This project will help small-scale farmers realize improved food security and income by using participatory radio strategies for enhancing their participation in select value chains such as groundnuts, poultry and cassava. This is a multi-country project in Mali, Tanzania, Ghana and Malawi.