Week 2A: What is meant by collaboration? What kind of collaboration are you involved in?

We want to hear from you what you understand by collaboration. Please share who you collaborate with on radio programs for farming communities?

Do you have any questions about what makes collaboration effective? Please ask them here, other participants and resource people will be able to respond.

If you have not introduced yourself yet kindly do so in the Week 1 thread.

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Mike Kuwoye is my name from Ejulenen 93.7 FM Nigeria.

To me, Collaboration means working together with others to achieve a common goal.

In the course of this e-discussion, collaboration mean working together with stakeholders especially farmers group or organization to achieve production of effective farmer’s programme.

We have collaborated with individual stakeholders and groups in many of our farming program in our station. As a producer of AGBELOBA (farmers are king) program in our station (and its first presenter), I have brought on air severally many farmers to talk on farming processing of a particular farm product. With this idea of bringing them on air, we discovered that planting of different types of crops determined on the environment they are. As we know that farm products have its season of plantation, through the programme we also aware that environment also determined its season. For instance, maize is suitable to plant in February at west it is not suitable to plant in the same month in other region.

I could remember a time we collaborated with government (specifically ministry of agriculture) and farmers; to measure the impacts of government on famers. We were able to discovered a lot of facts and atrocities. It’s only the farmers with connection that benefited from government provisions for farmers. Many farmers don’t even know the link to government for their right. But through the programme, errors were able to corrected a bit at our local areas.

In short, we have collaborated with an individual stakeholder, group stakeholders and government as a stakeholder.
Mike Kuwoye from Ejulenen FM Nigeria.

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Good morning to everyone in the house it’s another beautiful Monday to everyone I pray this week will be a blessing and productive one for us.Am Olusina Motiasan from Ejulenen93.7fm igbodigo, okitipupa,ondo state, Nigeria. A programmer,producer,presenter, reporter,newscaster also like to handle console whenever am presenting or anchoring a program.This week on this e- discussion am ready to learn and gain a lot from intellectuals in the house. What is meant by collaboration to my little understanding is the existing of good relationship, friendship and understanding aiming at archiving good result that will last longer between the involving parties that is broadcasters and stakeholders.For instance collaboration between broadcasters and stakeholders will enable the broadcasters to know what farmers needs in terms of impacting knowledge to them about their farming business activities. Also,the stakeholders that is the farmers will learn more about what they were practising as to maximize their yields and income

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About the kind of collaboration I involved,though am an agriculturist because I graduated from school of agric,I don’t think of such until we partner with farm radio international that I discovered I can do it and the collaboration I involved in is little contact when I presented program topic; waste to wealth which I have to visit both women and men involved, while the rest collaboration is on air.olusina motiasan is my name from Ejulenen93. 7fm

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Collaboration is a team work. When I broadcaster solicit vital information from experts and relays same to the uninformed farmer.

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Thank you @MikeKuwoye, @Olusina and @Alika for your contribution on your understanding of collaboration.

The questions on this topics are:

  1. What is your understanding of collaboration?
  2. Please share who you collaborate with on radio programs for farming communities,

@MikeKuwoye says:

And this is what Olusina understands about collaboration:

@Alika shared his own view as well:

What is your own understanding? Can you also share who you collaborated with for farmer radio programs?

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Olusina Motiasan is my name from Ejulenen93. 7fm igbodigo, okitipupa, ondo state, Nigeria. Programmer,producer,presenter,reporter and newscaster.I love meeting people, watching news and travelling.collaboration is coming together of two or more people for good development.I try to collaborate with women involving in transforming waste to wealth

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COLLABORATION: to my understanding is a mutual agreement between two parties or organisation to jointly in other to achieve a common goal or achieve individual goals

WHAT KIND OF COLLABORATION ARE YOU IN NOW? personally am a broadcaster or a concept developer and a radio presenter so personally am in collaboration with some media houses, where i develop and present house and part to me to produce my programs some of my programs concepts on their airwaves and promote it to attract sponsors, then we split the income part to the media house and part to me to produce my program.
Then also my ORGANIZATION, HEAL THE WORLD GHANA, is in collaboration with some media houses almost same way to AIR our famer programs with flexible payment terms.

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I posted some comment in response to an earlier entry by Mikepac. In it I joined the other discussants’ views that Collaboration is co-action, the act of working jointly in media work. In relationship to stakeholder collaboration in radio broadcasting I would like to glean experiences of the farmers and experts as well as media workers in the circle; sharing information, data and ideas on a theme or topic as the case may be. It is a sort of synergy for a common purpose. For example we can collaborate on aspects of investigating corruption by governments in farming budgets for small scale farmers in Africa. We may collaborate on an issue such as determining why farmers are having low yield of a particular crop in a particular region or in all of Africa etc. A group of producers or reporters will then meet experts in their places of immediate coverage, work together with farmers and produce well-researched, consulted, informed and enduring piece of result for the common good. Maybe I will return to the table later today to share more of my thoughts on what I think should constitute collaboration contextually.


Hello everyone
I’m iyanu ehuwa from ejulenen community in Nigeria ,I am a producer and presenter
From my own perspective collaboration is the action of working with someone to produce something or we can as well say collaboration is the process of two or more people or organizations working together to complete a task or achieve a goal .
Collaboration is similar to cooperation …
I will like to highlight 6 skills needed for effective collaboration
5.team player
The principals of collaboration include:trust,respect,willingness,empowerment and effective communication .


Iyanu this is educative to me. I will seek to collaborate with you so we can do a piece on new pesticides for farmers in Nigeria. Thanks for your enlightening presentation on the concept of collaboration

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Collaboration is about the people, organization(s) or institution(s) that we partner or work with to bring our content out to our audience.
For our Agric shows and for the area in which I find myself, we partner the farmer groups (mostly cocoa farmers who also grow normal food crops), extension officers, plant genetics, cocoa research, ministry of food and agriculture, university for agriculture and environmental science. We also engage input dealers to bring to our farmers what inputs are available and is good for them.

  • how well can we get the farmers to understand climate change and climate smart agriculture?
  • how do we get the farmers to understand farming with the environment in mind?
  • how to educate farmers to understand that it is more sustainable to maintain their farms than to sell off their farm lands to miners?

Hi @sachiangutsav

Thanks for contributing in the right platform. Your initial contribution was in a group email, you responded to someone on email via this site. We are looking forward to more insights as promised:

Thank you @Owura, our resource people @Yakubu and @bfiafor will respond to your questions:

Hello everyone ,my name is Blessing Uwechia,Project Officer Farm Radio International in Plateau State Nigeria.I work with the radio team at Peace 90.5 FM to produce an interactive farmer programme for potato farmers.Before now,i have worked with AIT/Raypower for 14 years as reporter,presenter,producer,and acting head of station.
I have also consulted for GIZ as a trainer and coach for SME business training and coaching loop for 3years.

To me,Cllaboration means working with other stakeholders to achieve goals both yours and theirs.Working together for the purpose of achieving a win win for all.Everyone working to help one another acheive success.

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@Owura: how well can we get the farmers to understand climate change and climate-smart agriculture?
We have to come down to the level and understanding of our farmers when it comes to climate change issues by engaging them through explanations, practical examples, and participatory questioning.
We ask the farmers if the rainfall pattern(time rain starts, length/duration in terms of rainy days, weeks and months, when it will start to rain next year or season and how long it will rain), has changed in the last 5, 10, 15 and 20 years ago depending on the age of the farmer/farmers we are engaging.
Most often, they will reply in the negative and we say it is because the climate has changed. The climate has changed because human activities have disturbed the eco-system or environment through cutting down trees, bush burning and not planting trees. Here we explain how trees help to protect water bodies, evapotranspiration, and formation of rainwater. We tell them because of the way we are treating the earth, it has disturbed its balance and thing has changed from how we use to know them. Hence the term Climate change. We also talk about how the temperatures have also changed ( high temperatures in rainy seasons and vice versal) unpredicted heavy rainfall, start, and end of the rainy season leaving crops unmatured, the emergency of certain weeds, pest and diseases they use not to know or see during some time of the year.
The occurrence of floods and violent winds with slightest of rainfall and because of no protection from trees are as a result of climate change. Ask farmers if they have witnessed or heard all that you are saying, get them to also mention and give examples to reenforce what climate change is all about. Let them understand it is our activities and not that the gods are annoyed or because of our sins.
Give examples of why and reasons some trees or park of trees are not cut or disturbed in the environment or on their framers.
Tell the farmers our ancestors knew the important roles of trees for human survival and crafted taboos to protect them and some other things. Though they have no scientific proof or basis and explanation.

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Collaboration is the act of mutually coming together of individuals, groups, communities, with the sole with the purpose of pulling their efforts or resources togetherto achieve the desired goal.
I am involved in the following types of collaboration:

  1. Co-production of Farmers Programme on radio with experts
  2. Sponsored
  3. Inviting Resource Persons to offer their expertise in various ways
  4. Joint research etc.
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@Owura; how well can we get the farmers to understand climate-smart agriculture?
As stated for climate change above we break down the issue to the farmers’ understanding by giving examples asking questions.
We can start by explaining how farming or agriculture has changed over time, how we no longer just use the hoe and cutlass, but animal-drawn implements and machines, how we no longer solely use the hoe for weed control but weedicides and herbicides, how they have stopped using some seeds or even select the cobs or plant seeds of some plants but not others.
All of which are making their activities less cumbersome and yield more produce, enough food and more money when they sell.
Bring in how the climate has also changed with the examples mentioned above. State the need for farmers to have bumper harvest each year whether rain comes on time, fall little or too much.
Explain with the challenges from climate change, scientists have worked and are still working to come out with seed varieties that will perform or still give us some good yield when the weather is adverse in a particular year.
They have produced early maturity seed varieties, late maturity varieties, drought-tolerant seed, drought escape seed, low and upland seeds for crops like rice, disease and pest-resistant seeds all of which to ensure that human beings are food secure.
So therefore when they farmers are are using those varieties based on what the season is likely to be to have a good harvest during adverse weather conditions as a result of the effects of climate change, they are being Climate Smart and Practicing Climate-Smart Agriculture.
For example, the rains delayed incoming at the right time this year, it is left with two months for the season to end. Being climate-smart a farmer would go for two months variety crop e.g. cowpea( beans) which takes 60 days to produce and mature).
Famers also practice climate-smart agriculture if because of low rainfall in the season, then they bound the rice fields to prevent water from running off thereby conserving the little water on the field.
Immediately the rains start a farmer plants an early maturing variety, harvest before the main season crops when others were still waiting for the rains, such farmer is practicing climate-smart agriculture.
Getting farmers to use an empty water bottle filled with water and tied to a stick to water vegetables on the farm through drips is also practicing climate-smart agriculture.
Also planting of drought escape and drought-resistant seed variety to escape or withstand two weeks of drought and still produce enough yield is been climate-smart
In the livestock sector modulating the feed of ruminant livestock (sheep, goats, cattle, buffaloes) to reduce methane emission is been climate-smart.
Creating more windows for aerations so as to manage excessive temperatures in a livestock house is been climate-smart and practicing climate-smart agriculture.
Using the manure/dung from cattle to produce biogas for cooking and other stuff on a livestock farm and using the digest from the biogas production to fertilize the farmlands for higher yield, no chemical fertilizer use is been climate-smart and practicing climate-smart sustainable agriculture.
The planting of trees on farms to make them carbon neutral or so we engage in carbon trade is been climate-smart agriculture.