empowerFarmers aims to educate local and subsistence farmers living in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria on how to use tools like the internet, blog, digital photography and mobile phones to share their farming experience with a wider audience so as to give them a voice and improve farming conditions.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
empowerFarmers will be working with small-scale farmers living in the Oluyole area of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Our interview with the farmers showed that they have never heard of or used citizen media tools like the internet and blog to improve their farming activities. Introducing them to citizen media tools will help increase access to a wider audience thus increasing agricultural supply/demand and productivity.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
Their farming experience is what we hope to share. We want them to be able to solve simple agricultural problems and enhance their marketing strategies through the use of these citizen media tools. Our vision for empowerFarmers is to see that citizen media bridge the gap between these farmers and the audience.Their farming experience is what we hope to share. We want them to be able to solve simple agricultural problems and enhance their marketin
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
empowerFarmers will be working with The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Development Research (CEDR), University of Nigeria, Nsukka, through Dr. Nnaemeka Chukwuone who has extensive experience in small-scale business management. We will also be working with Prof. A.I. Ikeme who has over 15 years experience in business management.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
Based on our last interview, 50 farmers were willing to join our training program but we expect to increase this number to at least 100 once the program commences. We plan to get more farmers via personal meetings and community radio. We will sustain their participation by ensuring that we provide them with services that will always want them asking for more.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
Apart from the microgrant funding, empowerFarmers will also be needing advise from experts in the field of citizen media in order to effectively utilize the citizen media tools empowerFarmers plans to employ for this program.
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