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Listen, Think and Act: Radio Broadcasting to Promote Farmers’ Participation in Mali’s Land Policy

The vast majority of agricultural production in Mali is carried out by smallholder farmers, who are often unaware of the laws and policies that govern access to the land and resources they rely on to secure their livelihoods. This means they can lose out as access to resources is secured by large-scale agribusinesses or investors. In response, the Institute for Research and Promotion of Alternatives in Development in Africa (IRPAD) launched a project to raise the awareness of farmers and their organisations of agricultural laws and policies in order to enhance their capacities to influence policy and to participate in decision-making in agriculture and natural resource management, particularly on land issues.

IRPAD used an innovative tool to communicate information on the law and related policies to rural people and farmers’ organisations: the approach combined community-based training and pre-recorded radio broadcasts explaining the provisions of Mali’s newly adopted Agricultural Orientation Law. This paper presents the tool, its outcomes and lessons learned.

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Uploaded on: Nov 13, 2017
Last Updated: Nov 16, 2017
Year Published: 2012


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Resource Type: Impact Evidence Issues: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Labor & Employment, Right to Information Tool Type: Case Study, Journal Articles & Books, Training Resources & Popular Education Method: Improving Governance, Accountability and Transparency, Promoting Citizens' Participation in Governance Languages: English Regions: Mali Nature of Impact: Acquisition of Remedy / Entitlement / Information, Citizen Action & Participation, Citizens' Willingness to Act, Conflict resolution / Case resolution, Legal Knowledge and Skills, Positive Impact, Social inclusion Scale of Intervention/Impact: Unknown Institutions Engaged: Local Court, Media, NGOs, Regulatory / Implementing Agencies Evaluation Method: Anecdotal Evidence, Interviews, Qualitative Case Tracking