Enhancing farmers and fishers’ capacity to improve their livelihood through community radio

Enhancing farmers and fishers’ capacity to improve their livelihood through community radio

Char Fasson Upazilla in Bangladesh is an area lagged behind in many socio-economic indicators. One of the major profession in the area is fishing. Among the challenges the fishers have to face is not getting the weather signal on time.Char Fasson Upazilla in Bangladesh is an area lagged behind in many socio-economic indicators. One of the major profession in the area is fishing. Among the challenges the fishers have to face is not getting the weather signal on time.

A community radio called Radio Meghna is their source of updates when to comes to weather. MTCP2 Bangladesh is seizing the opportunity of using the power of this community radio for the development of farmers and fishers in Char Fasson by supporting the radio to broadcast regular programs for farmers and fishers. Through Radio Meghna, residents of Char Fasson are now getting regular weather updates. During any cyclone the radio broadcasts weather update for 24 hours.

Another challenge for the fisher people in Char Fasson is their limited knowledge on sustainable fisheries, fishery laws, rights, and rules on access to the fishing grounds, and government services. Because of these fishermen are exploited by middlemen and influential people in various ways. Fisher people also have limited access to their rights as well as finance and government services. To enhance their capacity in facing such challenges, a regular awareness program on the radio is being broadcasted. Through this radio program, fishers can also directly talk with fishery officers.

Meanwhile, farmers of Char Fasson have to face various issues such as land grabbing, lack of government services, and excessive use of pesticides among others. Knowledge gap and unavailability of linkages among the farmers and different service providers are also serious problems. Radio Meghna broadcasts regular programs focusing on the challenges of the farmers to help them find a way out of these problems. There are also programs where the farmers themselves participate. There are live programs where farmers are able to ask questions directly to the service providers.

Impacts of the effort

  • Access to information for farmers and fishers have been ensured
  • Linkages among farmers-fishers and service providers has been established
  • Farmers-fishers can get regular weather update
  • Farmers-fishers are now getting regular information on agriculture and fishing
  • Farmers and Fishers are now well informed about various government decision, rules and laws
  • Farmers and Fishers can learn about the about the market situation

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