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October 2nd, 2019

Charles Wandera is a farmer in Masindi district, Uganda. The area was recently hit with an infestation of the invasive Fall Armyworm; recently arrived in Africa, Armyworm caught farmers off guard in Masindi, leaving them unaware of how to defend their crops against the pest. Wandera turned to radio for a solution. He has been listening to a programme on Radio Kitara, supported by Farm Radio International (FRI), a Canadian NGO that works with radio broadcasters to deliver programmes aimed at small-scale farmers and their communities.

With funding from the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI), Farm Radio International (FRI) trained Radio Kitara to produce and air programming about the Fall Armyworm. “All along we have been lacking information on how to fight Armyworm, but from the time we got a chance with this project with Radio Kitara, we are getting information Monday and Fridays,” says Wandera. The radio programme describes how to recognise the pest, how farmers should monitor their fields for Armyworm and what control methods are most effective. Read more …