In my opinion, I think using a phrase “Someone doing something for a reason” is my guiding factor in whatever I do to produce my farmer radio programme. What do I mean? I collaborate with anyone fitting in the phrase “Someone doing something for a reason.” This is regardless of whether they are men or women. I look for farmers who do something for a reasong. I look for agric NGOs who do something for a reason. I look for agric Extension officers who do something for a reason. I look for agric researchers who do something for a reason.
Not by choice but by coincidence, my programmes have more female voices than male voices. In my series I just concluded called Organic Soil Management For Fertility, I had in every episode 3 farmers, 1 extension worker and 1 researcher. On the farmers side, it was either all are females or only 1 is male. On extension workers, all were female and on researchers I had only 1 female but she featured in 8 of the 13 episodes.
One thing I have noted much in my area is that females are the ones who are much involved in farming and if you focus on new farming technologies, it is women who adopt such.
let me come to preparing for an interview with someone with specific knowledge, I believe in informing the interviewee of the topic in advance and also me researching on the topic. I mean I should know in advance what I will be discussing with the interviewee.
On the subject matter specialist, I do not give them questions I will ask but i give them guides to the possible questions.
One of the succesful interview i did was on the use of animal manure. On the panel I had three female farmers, one female extension officer and one male researcher. I informed the interviewees of the topic in advance and on the actual day, they came early and we discussed the guiding questions. When the programme started, I started it different from the guiding questions and i never asked any question on the guide. However the interview went on very well as if the panelist knew what i was going to ask. After the programme, even my fellow workers commended me and my boss told me I had prepared well for the programme.
A challenging interview was on green manure which i can say was a total mess. Though I informed the intervieweee of the topic in advance and gave them guiding questions, they came late on the actual day such that we did not discuss the guiding questions. In the programme, the farmers were not responding to my questions but to the questions on the guide. If i ask a follow up question, they responded to the next question on the guide. I was interested in getting their experinces with animal manure but they were telling me what the extension officer taught them. The researcher and the extension officer contradicted each other on the topic. I became upset and ended the programme within 20 minutes instead of the planned 45 minutes.