Broadcasters from more than 200 radio stations in Africa participate in the radio packs program. The packs are repackaged and broadcast accross Africa by local radio stations. With your help, we hope to extend this community!
The network of broadcasters include radio stations from the public sector (for example, extension services and ministeries of Agriculture), independent, community owned and commercial stations as well as stations from the AMARC network. All the broadcasters share a concern for improving rural livlihoods in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
The rural radio packs are produced by experienced African journalists committed to rural development issues. Accross Africa, there are about a dozen journalists working on the packs at any given time. If you are interested in becoming a stringer, please send an email with your personal information to email@example.com
Normally broadcasters will choose excerpts from a radio pack to include in their own show. They do not generally broadcast a whole program, but rather pick and choose what is most relevant to their listeners. They often translate the packs or sections of the packs into local languages to ensure the widest dissemination. Excerpts are mixed with the journalists' own materials and interviews with people in the field. Guests may be invited onto a show to debate the issues, and in some cases drama has been used to liven up materials. Journalists often refer to older radio packs if the messages are still relevant.
The Rural Radio program is aimed towards radio broadcasters who are interested in agricultural, environmental or rural development issues, and based in an ACP country. If you have a show on the air or a strong committment to starting one, please contact us. You will then receive a sample radio pack, and if your feedback is positive then we will organise the means for you to receive new packs, free of charge, in the future.
Most of us have developed radio scripts on rural development issues that may be of the interest of other broadcasters. Most of us regularly produce rural radio programs that other radio broadcasters may be able to repackage and use. We believe that by participating in the rural radio packs program, your talents can reach a wider audience to the benefit of everyone.
If you’re interested in sharing your materials and if you would like us to distribute them, please send us a short description of your radio station (including pictures), and your radio program. You can either post your material by e-mail to (firstname.lastname@example.org) or send it by postal mail to:
PO Box 380
6700 AJ Wageningen