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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 Farmers’ Voice Radio Academy launched in March 2022. It complements our existing online resources, through: 

Online group training


One-to-one online mentoring


Radio Practitioners'


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Eligible participants:

Representatives of NGOs/CBOs/farmers’ organisations/radio stations in the Global South, or small international NGOs 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. 

“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


The first Farmers’ Voice Radio Academy programme was funded by The Fore

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.