Building an ecosystem around data: using interactive radio for accountability to farmers in Tanzania

Building an ecosystem around data: using interactive radio for accountability to farmers in Tanzania

The Listening Post is an interactive radio series aimed at an audience of farmers. It combines specialised interactive radio broadcasts with Uliza, a tool created by FRI for gathering and analysing feedback and questions from audience members. Uliza is built on an interactive voice response (IVR) system which enables listeners to vote on poll questions, leave messages and request the delivery of specific information.
 
This practice paper discusses research by Farm Radio International to assess the effectiveness of the Listening Post and to examine its potential as a tool for the adaptive management of agricultural programmes.

The paper reflects on the challenges and opportunities provided by feedback models such as the Listening Post for improving inclusive and participatory agricultural development, and for advancing adaptive programme implementation based on feedback. It also discusses the potential of building on a tech-enabled feedback model to enable collective civic action for extension services that are responsive to the priorities of smallholder farmers.
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