Farm Radio International

1404 Scott Street
Ottawa, ON K1Y 4M8
Executive Director: Kevin Perkins
Board Chair: John van Mossel

Charitable Reg. #: 11888 4808 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Results Reporting

Grade: A-

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2016 2017 2018
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #20

Avg. Compensation $47,966

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 3
$40k - $80k 15
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

About Farm Radio International:

Founded in 1979, Farm Radio International fights poverty and food scarcity in Africa. The charity works with radio partners across sub-Saharan Africa to share effective farming practices with farmers. Farm Radio International reports that across Africa, 2% of farmers have landline access, 3% have internet access, and 18% have mobile phones. In contrast, 76% of farmers have radio set access, making radio an effective way to share farming practices. 

Farm Radio International runs three major programs to help African farmers improve their farming practices: Radio Projects, Radio Innovations, and Radio Resources. Farm Radio International reports working with more than 713 radio partners in 40 countries in F2018, including working directly on development projects with 143 partner radio stations in 11 countries. Farm Radio reached an estimated 20 million people across rural Africa with life-changing information, four million of whom made a positive change in their farming practices.  

Radio Projects (Impact Programming) made up 35% of program costs in F2018. Farm Radio works with radio broadcast organizations to make radio an extension tool in Africa, where farmers can learn about affordable, effective and sustainable ways to eliminate weeds, pests and diseases, climate change adaptation strategies, new crop varieties, and more. Farm Radio also believes radio can be used by farmers to voice their needs, experiences, and perspectives to policy makers and program planners. The charity’s impact projects deliver special radio campaigns and programs that relate to specific development challenges.Farm Radio reports running 62 impact projects in F2018, 25 more than in F2017.   

Radio Resources made up 18% of program costs in F2016. Farm Radio International offers broadcaster resources to African broadcasters, who can produce and present relevant radio programs. Resources offered by the charity help broadcasters give high-quality radio programs. In F2018, Farm Radio provided 143 resources to 1,979 broadcasters across sub-Saharan Africa. The charity also facilitated an e-discussion on revenue generation, with 126 broadcasters from 24 countries 

Radio Innovation made up 6% of program costs in F2018. Farm Radio develops innovative digital solutions and develops engaging new radio approaches to make radio more effective and interactive. Uliza, Swahili for “ask,” is used by Farm Radio to allow listeners to communicate with their radio station quickly and free of charge. In F2018, the charity reported 283,126 interactions between listeners and stations via Uliza.

Results and Impact:

Farm Radio International states that 40-60% of potential listeners listen to one of its typical interactive radio programs about agriculture, which leads to 20% of listeners applying new, more productive practices on their farms. Farm Radio also estimates that it costs about $1 (CAD) for each farmer who applies a better farm practice because of listening to a Farm Radio-supported educational radio series.  

Farm Radio International ran a radio campaign from 2015 to 2018 to test a new way to scale the adoption of proven agricultural technologies in Tanzania. Farm Radio reports that more than 508,000 adults listened to at least one episode of the radio program, and more than 128,000 farmers adopted at least one improved legume technology. The charity also ran a campaign aimed at increasing the production of staple crops including teff, maize, sorghum, beans and wheat in Ethiopia. Listeners were 2.5 times more likely to plant their teff in rows, and 81% understood row planting advantages than compared to non-listeners.  

Financial Review:

Farm Radio International is a large charity with donations of $5.8m in F2018. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues and fundraising costs are 6% of donations. For every dollar donated to the charity, 86 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity’s funding reserves of $1.7m can cover 42% of annual program costs. 

This report is an update that was sent to Farm Radio International for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.  

Updated on June 14, 2019 by Caroline McKenna. 

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.8%11.4%9.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.5%8.7%5.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 41.7%11.9%36.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,7194,7345,388
Government funding 00398
Investment income 003
Other income 747481
Total revenues 5,7934,8095,870
Program costs - International 2,3723,4923,126
Program costs - Canada 1,7901,8061,835
Administrative costs 509546527
Fundraising costs 312410288
Cash flow from operations 810(1,445)93
Funding reserves 1,7346301,784
Note: Ci reported International and Canadian program costs as broken down in the notes of the audited financial statements.  Other project grants included government funding, which was reported in government funding, affecting donations by ($142k) in F2018 and ($389k) in F2017. Ci did not adjust for deferred donations because most deferred figures were for international donations.  

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