Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu (Photo: Rolex Awards / Kennis Photos)
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How radio helps to grow better yams in Nigeria

A small radio station in southern Nigeria is helping poor farmers in remote communities to develop sustainable agricultural skills.

The Smallholders Farmers Rural Radio project was founded in 2003 by Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu - when he was 21 years old - in Imo state and broadcasts in the Igbo language.

The presenters are farmers themselves and the programmes offer a variety of advice, from how to prepare the soil to the prices of cassava and yam at neighbouring markets.

Mr Ikegwuonu was selected in 2010 as a young laureate for the prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise.

He is in London for the 35th anniversary of the Rolex Awards and he told our Network Africa programme's presenter Akwasi Sarpong how the recognition helped him to further develop the outreach of his programmes.

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  • 07 Dec 2011