Rural radio - the voice of science and technology
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CTA. 1992. Rural radio - the voice of science and technology. Spore 40. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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As part of its programme of support for rural radio and agricultural information services in ACP countries, CTA held two professional upgrading workshops for rural broadcasters in 1991. They were a direct consequence of the inaugural workshop held...
As part of its programme of support for rural radio and agricultural information services in ACP countries, CTA held two professional upgrading workshops for rural broadcasters in 1991. They were a direct consequence of the inaugural workshop held at CIERRO (Centre interafricain d'etudes en radio rurale de Ouagadougou) in Burkina Faso in May 1989, which was organized by CTA and GRET. The two workshops held in 1991 were for the anglophone countries of East Africa and francophone West Africa respectively. The focus for both was research and the use of scientific and technical information in radio, with particular relevance to agriculture and the rural environment. The first of these workshops, organized by GRET (Group de recherche et d'echanges technologiques) and WREN (World Radio for Environment and Natural Resources) and held at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication in Nairobi, was attended by 14 rural radio producers and journalists. The second gathered 15 participants from nine francophone African countries at IFTIC (L'institut de formation aux techniques de ['information et de la communication) in Niamey. CTA invited GRET and CIERRO to help organize and run this meeting. The STI (Scientific and Technical Information) theme chosen for 1991 was agroforestry. In the first section (critical listening), the participants of each country put forward a 15-25 minute broadcast (documentary, magazine or play) on this theme. The second part of the workshop gave participants, working in groups, the opportunity to put together a 20 minute programme in the field, using the skills they had been taught during the critical listening sessions. At the end, the participants said they were now more aware of 'the need for precision and discipline in documentary work and research', and said they hoped to 'integrate STI into the art of writing for radio in order to reach as many rural listeners as possible.' In 1992 there will be further workshops in Ghana and Mauritius for West African anglophones and the francophones of the Indian Ocean region respectively. Documentary support Concurrently with these training initiatives CTA is developing a parallel documentary support service for rural radio by publishing 'Rural Radio Resource Packages' on specific STI themes. These include audio elements drawn from interviews with specialists who have practical experience of the chosen subjects, and written syntheses (radio talks) and reference publications relevant to the themes. Themes covered to date include village poultry production, soil conservation, soil fertility and integrated pest management. Those who work in radio like to be known as 'facilitators', and they form an essential link between organizations such as CTA and the rural populations. A network of these 'go-betweens' is now being established, and CTA will continue to support them through its Rural Radio and STI programme.