Rural communities in Niger and Uganda have begun to use the RANET system to improve the management of grazing and croplands, increase agricultural production, enhance food security, and reduce vulnerability to natural disasters (Shapley, 2001; Eskau, 2002; Thurow, 2002; Pratt and Stewart, 2002). The greatest benefits are realized in field sites where both the community FM radio and satellite multimedia link are function ing smoothly. Even in sites where only community radio or multimedia services were established, the communication system still has reduced vulnerability for rural populations. In all instances, a well-established radio network with full broadcast schedules attracted the attention of listeners who were then exposed to weather information on a regular basis. From the perspectives of both disaster preparedness and development, RANET was met with enthusiasm when it was initiated in Niger in 2000 and in Uganda in 2001.
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