Farm Radio International

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

Charitable Reg. #:11888 4808 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



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



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 67 cents are available for programs.

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About Farm Radio International:

Farm Radio International is a 5-star rated charity with High demonstrated impact. The charity has best practices in financial transparency and has an A results reporting grade, which is above average. For every dollar donated to the charity, 67 cents are available to go to the cause, which is within Ci's reasonable range. 

Founded in 1979, Farm Radio International (FRI) is a Canadian-based international aid charity. The charity uses radio broadcasting to educate African farming families on best practices. While its focus is on improving food production and farming yields, it also broadcasts shows to improve health, nutrition, education, and gender equality. Farm Radio is the only international non-profit focused on using radio to inspire change in African farming communities. FRI provided 6,122 hours of radio broadcast in F2022. Its goal is to serve 40 million rural people with a radio project that supports them in making a change in their life by 2025.

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top 100 Rated Charity

FRI's core program is Radio Projects. It also runs two smaller programs, Radio Resources and Radio Innovation, which improve rural radio provision. 

Radio Projects: FRI’s Radio Projects program partners with African radio stations to create radio projects with a specific goal. Farm Radio International broadcasted topics such as crop and pest management, climate change adaptation strategies, gender equality, health and nutrition, and more. In F2022 the charity partnered with 259 radio stations to implement 33 projects across 17 countries. It reached 61 million total listeners, with 24.5 million of those being regular listeners. The charity reports 2.9 million people improved their farming, health, or nutrition practices.

Radio Resources: Farm Radio International provides local broadcasters resources such as scripts and training to produce relevant radio programs. The charity created 154 new radio resources in F2022. 3,420 broadcasters received resources from FRI in F2022. 49% (326) of the charity’s survey respondents stated they use FRI’s resources every week. The charity gained 164 new members in F2022.

Radio Innovation: Farm Radio International develops digital solutions and engaging approaches to make radio more effective and interactive. FRI's Uliza tool, Swahili for "ask," is its primary innovation. It is used by Farm Radio to allow listeners to communicate with their radio station quickly and for free. By doing so, broadcasters can gauge their engagement with the audience to improve programming. The charity counted over 1.9 million interactions between listeners and radio stations through Uliza in F2022. 256 radio stations used Uliza tools in their programs.

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Results and Impact

Radio Projects: Farm Radio introduced a Recover sub-program, focused on helping farmers affected by the pandemic. The charity reports that in Mali, 87% of program listeners applied improved practices they learned on the radio. In Ethiopia, 92% of respondents stated they learned more about health and covid-19 due to the project. The results across all seven countries were between 30% and 96%. 

The charity reports that 88% of poultry producers use at least five recommended business practices it highlighted in F2022. This is a 14% increase compared to F2021.

After FRI’s Health and Nutrition sub-program ended, program listeners reported to be 150% more likely to make more nutritious food choices.

Radio Resources: FRI ran a survey in F2022 to broadcasters that use its program. 46% attributed an increase in quantity and quality of their rural development programs to FRI’s radio services. 63% of broadcasters stated FRI’s training helped them improve their programming.

Charity Intelligence has given Farm Radio a High impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

A Charity Intelligence 2022 Top 10 International Aid Impact Charity

Impact Rating: High

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Farm Radio received $8.0m in Canadian and International donations in F2022. Canadian donations represent 26% of donations and 20% of total revenue. Most of its Canadian and international donations came from international development organizations and charities. The charity received $2.2m in government funding in F2022, representing 21% of total revenue. The charity’s administrative costs are 8% of total revenue (excluding investment income) and its fundraising costs are 25% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 33%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 67 cents are available to go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range.

The charity has $2.4m in reserve funds. Its reserve funds can cover 26%, or three months of its annual program costs.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to Farm Radio International for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 27, 2023 by Liam Chapleau.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.9%6.6%7.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 25.0%24.1%23.8%
Total overhead spending 32.9%30.7%31.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 26.1%57.4%16.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,0901,9741,747
International donations 5,9076,5852,598
Government funding 2,1781,5181,454
Other income 8214(38)
Total revenues 10,25710,0905,760
Program costs - International 5,5913,5993,035
Program costs - Canada 3,6322,5232,751
Administrative costs 805663419
Fundraising costs 523476415
Total spending 10,5517,2616,620
Cash flow from operations (294)2,829(860)
Capital spending 09(5)
Funding reserves 2,4103,517943

Note: Grant allocations from the F2022, F2021, and F2020 audited financial statements were used to allocate Canadian and international donations. To report on a cash basis, Ci accounted for deferred contributions. Deferred contributions affected: international donations in the amount of ($1.7m) in F2022, $3.0m in F2021, and ($755k) in F2020; government funding in the amount of $1.1m in F2022, ($220k) in F2021, and ($36k) in F2020; other revenue in the amount of $35k in F2022, ($29k) in F2021, and ($149k) in F2020.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 29

Avg. compensation: $73,179

Top 10 staff salary range:

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$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
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$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2022

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001