Jan 25, 2010. Ottawa, Canada, – In July 2009, radio professionals from across sub-Saharan Africa were invited by Farm Radio International to submit a radio script about an innovative smallholder farmer in their area. To help participants develop their scripts, they were encouraged to participate in a free two-month online training course on scriptwriting. Eighty-two entries were received from 20 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.
John Cheburet, a journalist from The Organic Farmer, a magazine and a radio show aired on the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, won first prize in an Africa-wide scriptwriting competition on smallholder farmer innovation. Fourteen other radio broadcasters and producers also won prizes for their entries.
The first-prize winner impressed an international panel of judges with his script about an innovative Kenyan farmer who uses sawdust to lengthen the storage period of Irish potatoes.
The TOF Radio Programme gives useful tips on organic farming and answers the questions of the farmers. TOF Radio is on air on the KBC Kiswahili service every Thursday from 8.15 to 8.30 pm. Listen to TOF Radio online.