Farm Radio International launches in Ethiopia

    | January 13, 2014

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    Farm Radio International is proud to announce the official launch of its work in Ethiopia!

    In late November 2013, Farm Radio International Executive Director Kevin Perkins travelled to Addis Ababa to attend the launch event of Farm Radio International Ethiopia. The event was organized after FRI signed a bilateral agreement with the Ethiopian Government Communications Affairs Office.

    Ethiopia Country Director Freyhiwot Nadew and her team are now looking forward to developing project work and offering Ethiopian radio stations access to the various resources for broadcasters which FRI provides.

    The launch event was attended by partners, supporters and a variety of local and international NGOs. Speeches were kept to a minimum to allow plenty of opportunity for mingling and discussions. Kevin Perkins said, “The event was a wonderful way to celebrate with our colleagues and partners the official launch of our work in Ethiopia.

    “Signing a bilateral agreement with the Ministry of Communication was a major achievement, and we are honoured and excited to be embarking on a new chapter in our work with radio broadcasters and farmers in Ethiopia.”

    FRI Ethiopia has a small, dedicated team in place, and is currently working on three projects − with Irish Aid; the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre and the Canadian Department for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development; and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as partners. Read more about these projects here:;; and

    FRI Ethiopia would like to thank the representatives of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Addis Ababa and the Agricultural Transformation Agency for their support during the registration process.