FieldEducation1 (120K)The Smallholders Foundation is a non-governmental organization which promotes sustainable agricultural development and environmental conservation beneficial to rural poor small farmers, through educational radio programs and on field practical demonstrations.
Monthly Radio Competition by SMALLHOLDERS FOUNDATION and LISTEN AFRICA
(HOSTED BY SMALLHOLDERS RADIO, RADIOS PROVIDED BY LISTEN AFRICA)
Listen_africa (27K)Listen Africa is excited to establish a strategic alliance with Smallholders radio. The aim of Listen Africa is to encourage radio every way possible for change. One of the ways we will be encouraging radio among farmers and market people in Imo State is through our strategic partnership with Smallholders Foundation. We have agreed to jointly host radio competitions exclusively for listeners of Smallholders radio.
The competition will kick start in January 2012 and Listen Africa will donate solar-powered and wind up radios covering all twelve months of the year. For a start, we will donate twelve radios for 2012, one radio per month [and per winner]
The aim of this competition is to encourage participation/interaction in radio. Monthly winners of the competition will be selected by the Smallholders team. Criteria for winning could be entirely up to smallholders foundation
Listen Africa cannot influence whom will win these competitions neither can we suggest how the Smallholders Foundation will chose to select the monthly winners. Smallholders foundation can decide to give out the radios to 'farmer of the month' or how best they chose.
Having stated before, Listen Africa will donate 12 radios to Smallholders, but this is subject to change as our sponsorship gets better. In the same year, we might chose to upgrade to weekly competitions and donate more radios.
Listen Africa might also donate portable radios[world receivers] for the young [high school] listeners and participants of smallholders radio and agricultural activities.
From time to time, Listen Africa will chose to distribute radios to our target audience [the people Smallholders Foundation work with] on special occasions aside this competition. This is not herewith entailed, but shall communicate with smallholders, should we set out for this.
Calls for mini-grants ends
Our Call for Mini-Grants Application from Secondary School Young Farmers Clubs has now officially ended with over 50 applications received. The mini-grants were meant for secondary school students who belong to Young Farmers Clubs. As we go through the slow process of reviewing applications submitted, recipients of the grant will use it to expand existing school gardens or acquire new crops, fruit trees or livestock for existing school gardens. All applicants will be contacted on or before May 30th 2011.
Nnaemeka, joins BMW Foundation Young Leaders Forum
Executive Director, Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu was invited by the BMW Foundation to participate in the 1st Europe - Africa Young Leaders Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. The forum brought together 40 young professionals from Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa working in business, politics, academia, the third sector and the media to discuss fundamental issues with the aim of encouraging social engagement. Nnaemeka is now a member of the Young Leaders Network of the BMW Foundation.
20 Episode Radio Drama on Climate Change Scripts Ready!!!
Finally...we have developed the entire scripts for the 20 episode Climate Change Management radio serial drama. Each drama episode covers a specific climate risk management topic that will secure the livelihood of smallholders.
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CU Boulder Students installs Asterix at Rural Radio
CUStudent (96K)Courtesy of our friend Ms. Sarah Revi Sterling, Director of the Masters in ICT4D at the University of Colorado at Boulder, we hosted 2 engineering students of the university, Mahmoud Alhujani and Kevin Mcgregor.
The highly professional students installed the new 2 way feedback device Asterix, at the Smallholder Farmers Rural Radio.
With Asterix which operates over a wifi communication connection and configured mobile telephones, listeners can listen to radio broadcasts, record and send feedback to the rural radio free of charge!!
Kevin Starr and Mahri Holt Visits The Smallholders Foundation
KevinStarr (171K)Dr. Kevin Starr, Executive Director of the prestigious Rainer Arnhold Fellowship program and Mulago Foundation visited The Smallholders Foundation and the Rural Radio in company of the Programs Manager of the Foundation Ms Mahri Holt.
Nnaemeka is a Fellow of the Rainer Arnhold Fellowship Program, a social entrepreneurs grooming program of Mulago Foundation. During their 2 days visit Kevin and Mahri interacted with smallholder farmer listeners of the rural radio and the staff of the Smallholders Foundation.
Nnaemeka makes presentation to educationists and youths on climate change communication in Kenya
On the invitation of the World Bank Institute (WBI), Nnaemeka made a presentation of the project "Climate Change on Air" to educationists selected from East African Universities at the African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD) in Joja, Kenya. He also presented the project to an inspiring group of young Kenyans selected from Kenyan CBOs at the Kenyan Institute for Administration in Lower Kabete, Nairobi Kenya.
95 Smallholder Listener Groups for "Climate Change on Air"!!!
Listener (85K)After a long and strenuous work conducting baseline survey, we are happy to announce that we have established 95 "Climate Change on Air Farmer Listener Clubs" in 95 Local Government Areas of the entire south-eastern region of Nigeria of radio drama coverage. The listener clubs will listen to radio drama and make feedback to The Smallholders Foundation.
They will also receive solar powered radios and feedback devices to listen and make the feedback.
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