Farm Radio International

1404 Scott Street
Ottawa, ON K1Y 4M8
Executive Director: Kevin Perkins
Board Chair: Doug Ward

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

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Donor Accountability

Grade: B+

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

Full-time staff #16

Avg. Compensation $53,514

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 9
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Farm Radio International:

Founded in 1979, Farm Radio International (FRI) envisions “a world where the work of African farm families brings prosperity and food security to themselves, their communities and their countries.” Its mission is to “support African broadcasters to provide radio services that share knowledge with, and amplify the voices of, small-scale farmers, their families and their communities.” 


Farm Radio International's Programs: FRI uses radio to share farming practices. This is highly effective: FRI reports that in the countries where it works, 76% of farms in these developing countries have access to a radio.

FRI works with 600 radio partners in 38 African countries to plan and deliver special radio campaigns and programs that have a specific impact on a development challenge. Its impact programming makes up 67% of its program spending. FRI’s participatory programs feature beep2vote (listeners call the “yes” or “no” number and immediately hang up), a tool used by broadcasters to learn about how the audience feels about an issue. The project has seen 25,000 farmers share their views through beep2vote polls.


Farm Radio International offers broadcaster resources (representing 25% of spending) to African broadcasters, who can then produce and present relevant and engaging radio programs. In F2015, 592 broadcasters received script packages filled with backgrounders, “broadcaster how-to” guides, and other documents.


Farm Radio International also offers broadcaster training (representing 8% of spending) including direct in-station training, distance education and custom workshops. In F2015, more than 100 people took part in the Farmer program e-course, delivered over 12 weeks. It asks participants to complete assignments on storytelling, connecting with their audience and program planning.


In 2011, Farm Radio International launched its African Rural Radio Program Analysis to ensure that its resources are relevant to broadcasters, and that its programming meets the needs of radio listeners. The report found that 39% of active listeners have started practising improvements learned through its programs. Further, 96% of radio listeners scored at least 60% on a follow-up knowledge quiz about promoted farm practices.


For donors who love stories, here's a link to Farm Radio's founder George Atkin's charming looking back at how Farm Radio began (9 minutes):

Financial Review:

Farm Radio International is a large charity, with donations of $5.3m in F2015. Its administrative costs are 9% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 4% of donations. For every $1 donated to the charity, 87 cents is put towards its programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. Farm Radio International has funding reserves of $767k, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 17%. This means that it can cover 2 months of its annual programs using its existing reserves.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Farm Radio International. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 7, 2016 by Lynn Tay.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.0%9.4%10.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 4.4%4.6%2.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 16.7%17.6%44.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,2854,5813,756
Government funding 405457217
Investment income 581
Other income 29138
Total revenues 5,7245,0603,982
Program costs - International 4,6104,2492,359
Program costs - Canada 000
Administrative costs 512475425
Fundraising costs 234212107
Cash flow from operations 3681241,090
Funding reserves 7677461,046
Note: Farm Radio International’s F2014 income statement reported in its 2015 audited financial statements were restated from the 2014 audited financial statements. Ci has used the F2014 numbers reported in the 2015 audited financial statements and the F2013 numbers reported in the 2014 audited financial statements. Ci has adjusted deferred donations affecting revenues by $284k in F2015, by $94k in F2014, and by $1.1m in F2013. Ci has adjusted amortization affecting expenses by ($4k) in F2015, by ($4k) in F2014, and by ($1k) in F2013.

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