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Farm Radio’s Managing Editor meets with radio organizations in whirlwind visit to Cameroon

In November of last year, Farm Radio International’s Managing Editor, Vijay Cuddeford, travelled to Cameroon to meet with broadcasting partners and potential new partners from across the country. He tells his story below:

“I recently completed a whirlwind three-and-a-half week tour of Cameroon, visiting our partners and meeting with potential partners. I was really fortunate to be accompanied to most of my meetings by James Achanyi-Fontem of Cameroon Link, or by Frederic Takang, who has worked for several radio stations in Cameroon. Besides translating for me (to make up for my quite basic French), the fact that my “guides” were known to so many of those I visited helped ensure a warm welcome.

In all, I visited 37 partners and other organizations between November 20 and December 11, 2009. Through James’ connections, I was interviewed on radio three times and on TV twice. James was also interviewed on both TV and radio on the subject of Farm Radio International, and there was some newspaper coverage. So it’s fair to say that Farm Radio International received a lot of media attention during my visit.

The meetings covered the following themes: an introduction to Farm Radio International and its programs, some questions about the station I was visiting, mention of Cameroon Link’s developing role as Farm Radio’s intermediary organization in Cameroon, some free discussion, then finally tours and photos of the station.

At almost every station and organization I visited, there was a lot of interest in our work. I was particularly excited to meet staff from stations in some of the more remote, rural communities, many of whom had travelled several hours to meet with me in the main cities. I was impressed by their commitment to serving smallholder farmer audiences, and by their dedication, in spite of a sometimes challenging lack of resources.

I have heard that there are 60 or more community radio stations in Cameroon – community radio is obviously expanding rapidly. We have a very good partner in Cameroon Link: James knows the media environment in Cameroon well, and is a well-known and respected figure in Cameroon radio.

I wish to thank everyone with whom I visited for their very warm welcome. Speaking for Farm Radio International (and for myself personally), I am looking forward to collaborating with you all in the future.”

One Response to “Farm Radio’s Managing Editor meets with radio organizations in whirlwind visit to Cameroon”

  1. KAAH Aaron Says:


    I was too proud to hear you had a fantastic time with all the broadcasters you met in cameroon,That is the spirit of community radio.Bravo.

    Its is a great mark of sucess,if wishes were horses i ,ll pray you come again.i missed your trip but i,m enjoying the traces.

    Aaron kaah

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