ZAMBIA: RADIO YANGENI
A Community Rural Radio Station of the Catholic Diocese of Mansa - directly supported by FAO within the Luapula Project (GCP/ZAM/059/BEL)
Radio Yangeni is a community-based radio station run by the Catholic Diocese of Mansa. It was established in the year 2003, with a view of using the radio as a propaganda channel for its evangelization programs.
The Luapula Food Security, Nutrition Action and Communication (LFSNAC) project is an integrated Programme of the FAO-UN in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Zambia whose major objectives include the improvement of agricultural outputs, Nutrition and Food security in four project Districts of the Luapula Province, namely; Mwense, Nchelenge, Chienge and Kawambwa.
While exploring the best way to drive the LFSNAC Programme forward, the FAO initially thought of setting up its own Community Radio Station to meet the communication needs of the Programme but eventually opted for partnership with Radio Yangeni, a Catholic Diocese of Mansa owned Community FM radio station as part of its philosophy to work with local structures where they are already in existence.
Following successful preliminary exploration and consultation, it was decided that the Communication component of the LFSNAC project would partly be undertaken in collaboration with Radio Yangeni. Subsequently, it was agreed that the FAO would strengthen the operations of Radio Yangeni by helping the station extend its coverage zone through technical expansion. Thereafter, Radio Yangeni would facilitate and expedite the production and transmission of programmes relating to the progress of the LFSNAC project.
To that end, the FAO notes in its Project Document GCP/ZAM/059/BEL, under Output 1.3 that By 2004, each of the four District Development Coordination Committees would have developed and would be implementing an effective information/knowledge management system to monitor project progress and share lessons learned with provincial, national and international stakeholders.
Under output No.1.3.3, the Document further talks of the need to Establish a Communication mechanism within the project and with collaborating institutions to regularly exchange information and conduct meetings at various levels and between different institutions operating at district, province and national levels for the purpose of sharing/discussing emerging project related issues.
To date the said expansion of radio coverage to the four project districts has not yet been completed but substantial provision of radio equipment has been done so far. In this regards, the PCU has, in consultation with the Radio Yangeni management, decided to start airing some programmes related to Nutrition and Food Security as a way of marketing project activities and objectives.
Working in consultation with the Provincial National Agricultural Information Services (NAIS), the project has so far aired on the National radio (ZNBC) and on Radio Yangeni a number of programmes. Find attached a sample of scripts that have so far been aired though in the local language.
The project has further started airing programmes for School going children in primary schools in Mansa district. These programmes are based on the Nutrition Education materials for grades 4. It is hoped that the grade 6 materials will also be developed and be used in future for the radio as well. This initiative has accorded the pupils in Mansa district a chance to be exposed to these nutrition education materials since Mansa was originally not among the four project districts where the pilot was conducted.
This Programme is produced by the children themselves under the guidance of a trained school teacher. In future, it is hoped that children themselves will serve as peer teachers/presenters of the programme. The programme is aired every Saturday morning from 09.30 hours to 10.00 hours.
In order to attract a large listener ship, the project has proposed formation of School Nutrition Listening groups based at school level. Different schools are visited and programmes are recorded (outside broadcast) then aired on Saturday at radio Yangeni. It is hoped that these same programmes will be sent to the National Radio, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation so that the whole nation can have a chance of benefiting from the Luapula production also.
Further more, the programme has received a lot of support even from parents and guardians of the children. Parents and guardians are always keen to listen to their children talking on radio and in this way, they are also encouraged to listen and learn.
Find attached sample scripts of some programmes that have been aired on Radio Yangeni. The materials are produced in the local language Bemba.