The benefits of intercropping

| January 10, 2022

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One of this edition’s stories from Tanzania is all about intercropping. Our Script of the week also focuses on intercropping. 

Intercropping is a traditional agricultural method in many parts of the world. And scientists are finding that, when carefully used with the right combination of crops, intercropping can have many benefits. Find out more in this script. 

You might choose to present this script as part of your regular farming program, using voice actors to represent the speakers. If so, please make sure to tell your audience at the beginning of the program that the voices are those of actors, not the original people in the script. 

You could also use this script as inspiration to research and develop a radio program on intercropping in your own country.

If you choose to use this script as inspiration for creating your own program, you could talk to farmers and agricultural experts, and ask the following questions: 

  • What kinds of crops do farmers typically intercrop in your area and what are the results and benefits? 
  • What are the challenges of intercropping and what solutions are available to address those challenges? 
  • Where can farmers ask questions and find assistance with intercropping?

Apart from speaking directly to farmers and other important players in the local agriculture sector, you could use these questions as the basis for a phone-in or text-in program.