Rapid Assessment on the Use of Radio in Extension and Advisory Services in Mozambique
Feed the Future (FTF), the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative is being implemented in several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, including Mozambique. The level of poverty and malnutrition remain high with a growing risk to vulnerabilities such as drought, flooding, climate change and tropical storms in Mozambique. Feed the Future is revitalizing agricultural productivity in Mozambique by focusing on specific value chains with high income potential for smallholder farmers and nutritional importance for vulnerable populations. Despite efforts by the government of Mozambique and cooperating partners such as USAID in supporting the adoption of improved agricultural technologies, adoption levels by smallholder farmers still remain very low. To develop a more effective strategy aimed at increasing technology adoption among small farmers, FTF in collaboration with the USAID-funded Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) program, commissioned a study to address some of the challenges facing the development of agriculture, markets and technology transfer in Mozambique. The main objective of this study was to assess the current use of radio as an extension and advisory services tool in Mozambique. The assessment specifically explored the use of local and community radio programs to identify whether or not they are effective and how they could be improved to increase awareness and adoption of new technologies among small farmers. A second objective of this study was to a develop workshop on how to make better use of radio, and particularly how to make communication—including radio—more participatory.