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FARMERS' VOICE RADIO ACADEMY 

Farmers’ Voice Radio is transforming the lives of millions of farmers and rural communities through the power of radio. The new Farmers’ Voice Radio Academy can give you and your organisation the skills and tools you need to set up your own Farmers’ Voice Radio project that will raise farmers’ voices and complement your existing work to improve the lives of rural communities.

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The first Farmers’ Voice Radio Academy launched in March 2022 and 16 people were trained from across Africa and Asia. Find out more here. The next Farmers' Voice Radio Academy programme is scheduled for early 2023 and will be targeted at organisations working with coffee, tea and cocoa farmers. It complements our existing online resources, through: 

Online group training
sessions

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One-to-one online mentoring

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Farmers'
Voice
Radio Practitioners'
Support
Group

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Opportunity
to
apply
for a 
start-up
grant 

Eligible participants:

Representatives of NGOs/CBOs/farmers’ organisations/radio stations or small international NGOs who work with coffee, tea and cocoa farmers’ in the Global South, with an annual turnover of under £250k. You must have a mission of empowering rural smallholder communities and have an idea for a Farmers’ Voice Radio project. Individual development practitioners with a relevant focus may also apply. The course is free of charge, but applicants must:

  • Be able and willing to commit to around 8 hours of online training plus homework over a two-month period, abide by LYF’s Code of Conduct and respond to feedback requests.

  • Have access to an internet enabled device and stable internet connection.

  • Be able to participate fully in English. A Spanish course may be available later in 2022.

What you and your organisation will gain from joining the Farmers’ Voice Radio Academy:

  • The skills, knowledge and tools to design and implement a Farmers’ Voice Radio programme series in YOUR context.

  • Support to develop a Farmers’ Voice Radio proposal that can be pitched to partners and donors. 

  • Optional membership of a Farmers’ Voice Radio Practitioners’ Support Group.

  • Your profile featured on the Farmers’ Voice Radio website and social media, which could increase networking opportunities and connect you to new partners.

  • For successful graduates, the opportunity to apply for a limited number of start-up grants (max £3,000) from The Lorna Young Foundation. This will be a competitive process and will involve the submission of a full project proposal and budget and some basic due diligence. 

  • A Farmers’ Voice Radio Academy Certificate and social media badge.

The current Farmers' Voice Radio Academy programme is full. We will advertise future opportunities to apply on our Facebook and Twitter feeds, as well as in the news section of this website. 

“After going through the Farmers’ Voice Radio Academy, as a journalist I feel capacitated and the need to have the programme run at our radio station to foster change in the way our community does its farming activities. Better practices will in turn lead to better yields and market access...”

Fatma Mzee, Operations Director of Vox Radio and a participant in the first Farmers' Voice Radio Academy training programme.  

“One of the greatest advantages of LYF’s [Farmers' Voice Radio] programme is the ease with which it can be adapted to a variety of contexts, scales and budgets and still have a substantial impact. Once the smallholder group, extension officers and radio presenters have received training, they take ownership of the radio programmes.”

Linda Lisser, Responsible Sourcing Manager, Ringtons

If you would like to sponsor a place on a future Academy programme, making Farmers' Voice Radio skills and knowledge available to even more organisations, please visit the 'Support Us' page to donate now.