Welcome to YenKasa Africa

September 04, 2018
A translation for this article is available in Amharic French Swahili

Welcome to YenKasa Africa, a multi-partner initiative to promote participatory communication and to foster cooperation in the field of communication for development in Africa, with a focus on agriculture and rural development. The initiative includes a knowledge-sharing platform, which is being hosted by Barza Wire, as well as several other partners in communication for development.

People are at the centre of community development and they need access to good information to make decisions that are best for them and their community. Connecting with people to understand their needs, learn from them, and engage them as agents of their own development can lead to better outcomes in the long run.

There are many great organizations using communication to support agriculture and rural development in Africa. YenKasa Africa will share key lessons learned, best practices, and innovative projects, and will showcase the work of radio stations, media professionals, communication for development practitioners, development NGOs, academics, civil society organizations, as well as producer groups.

What is YenKasa?

“YenKasa” is an Akan expression from Ghana that means “Let’s talk.” The phrase emphasizes the need to discuss issues in order to collaboratively identify and solve community challenges.

This platform is a partnership between Farm Radio International, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC). The goal is to share knowledge and experiences, and to foster collaboration in the field of C4D in Africa.

By working together, and by sharing resources and best practices, we can advance policy change and improve project design and implementation.

Contribute to YenKasa Africa!

If you would like to contribute a story about your work for publication in the YenKasa Africa section of Barza Wire, send an email with your idea to barza.fm@farmradio.org. We will share with you a template for your submission. Final contributions should be 300 to 500 words.

Your story should touch on communication work that addresses rural development, including agriculture, family farming, sustainable natural resource management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, disaster risk reduction, gender mainstreaming, and improved access to information via ICTs.