Kahama FM is a local radio run on commercial basis since June 2009. The radio is based in Kahama district, in Shinyanga region reaching an immediate target listenership of an estimated population of 600.000 people. The participation of Kahama FM in this project will support the alleviate some of the development problems in Kahama district. The district is situated in the mining belt of Tanzania. Kahama is also home to international trade resulting from the district being an inland port and a transit corridor for the landlocked countries of Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and DRC. Despite all these economic advantages, Kahama district has the worst primary and secondary school performance in the last four years. The district also experiences problems in land management and environmental degradation caused by the huge livestock populations.
The project Empowering Local Radios with ICTs conducted a research together with local radio stations to identify main issues of local public concern in the Kahama FM’s coverage area:
- Lack of health facilities
- Poor infrastructure and quality
- Lack of agricultural inputs
- Lack of markets
- Lack of education
- Lack of teachers
- Poor infrastructure
Kahama FM operates with a strong team of 13 members of staff and a wide correspondents’ network from all the wards in Kahama. Listen below audio and video interviews with Kahama FM staff who explain how the project changed the practice on the radio station making it more community oriented.