Date Posted: August 13th, 2012
August 8 is Farmer’s Day in Tanzania, and is celebrated with week-long agricultural fairs up and down the country. This year, Farm Radio International mounted an exhibition at the fair in Arusha. The fair is called Nane Nane because it is celebrated on the eighth day of the eighth month – “nane” means eight in Swahili.
The fair takes place in a large showground, and attracts a range of exhibitors, from NGOs to farmers’ groups, and from mobile phone companies to companies selling agricultural equipment.
Farm Radio International shared a stand with The Organic Farmer (http://www.organicfarmermagazine.org/), and our broadcasting partner Radio Maria. We showed videos of our work in action, we displayed the Lifeplayer solar-powered radio and MP3 player, and we gave away samples of orange-fleshed sweet potato to raise awareness of this nutritious food among local farmers and consumers. Thanks to everyone who talked to us − see you next year!