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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Celebrating the work of Laikipia Rural Voices

By Bob Aston
The Laikipia Rural Voices (LRV) has just surpassed 200 blog posts this year. This is an achievement that LRV is tremendously proud of. It has certainly been a productive and busy year. It is worth noting that in 2013 a total of 91 articles were posted on the blog. This indicates that this year the various Citizen Reporters who have been writing articles for LRV have not only written twice as many articles as next year but they have set a mark that will be hard to break in 2015.
LRV has also seen an increase in number of visitors in the blog. The blog has already registered more than 58,000 visitors.
ALIN representative receiving Yobloco Award
 The LRV was started by Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) in 2011. This was an initiative aimed at promoting citizen journalism by training young people in basic Journalism skills such as photojournalism, news writing, creative writing, feature writing, Interviewing, blogging and media laws and ethics.

Blogging on agriculture and particularly on successes and issues faced by youths engaged in agriculture, highlighting the role and importance of family farming as well as issues pertaining to climate change, environment conservation and NRM enabled ALIN through LRV to emerge the best in East Africa region in the Institution category of Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloco Awards).
The aim of the competition was to put into limelight successes and issues faced by youths engaged in agriculture, in urban and rural areas; and to encourage the production of information and the use of new information and communication technologies by young farmers groups and organizations interested in the youth in agriculture question.
Yobloco Award winners
“LRV brings information to the people even without really understanding the fact you get the information faster whether you are far from Laikipia or you are close. The agricultural information shared by LRV usually helps farmers to know the best type of crops to plant and as well as on agronomical practices,” said Elvis Nderitu, one of the avid LRV readers.
LRV looks forward to an even greater community involvement in its activities in 2015. LRV would love for you to join them. Jump on in, tell your story and see how it connects with someone on the other side of the world.
Please encourage your friends and colleagues to also start reading the blog. Sharing the different blog posts through the social media will go a long way in increasing LRVs audience.
This being the last blog post in 2014, LRV would like to wish all their readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May this year’s Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright new year. God bless you.
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