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UN Decade of Family Farming starts this May 2019

Family farming FAOBuilding on the success of the International Year of Family Farming last 2014, a Global Launch of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming will take place at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Headquarters in Rome, Italy on 29 May 2019. The activity will be co-organized by the FAO and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as the Joint Secretariat of the UN Decade. 

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Call for Session Proposals to the 19th Global Development Conference

Website Banner 01 0The Global Development Network (GDN), a public international organization aimed at promoting research for development, will hold the 19th Global Development Conference on 23-25 October 2019 in Bonn, Germany.

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In Focus: The Family Farming and Rural Territorial Development Initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean

Family Farming and Rural Territorial Development Initiative LatinAmericaThe Panorama of Rural Poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean, an FAO publication published in 2018, reported that for the first time in a decade, poverty in the rural areas of Latin America and the Caribbean has increased. It further stated that rural poverty in the region increased by two million between 2014 and 2016, reaching a total of 59 million. 

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Call for participants: Integrated Marketing Communication for Behavioural Impact in Health and Social Development

COMBI InstituteA 10-day training program on Integrated Marketing Communication for Behavioural Impact (COMBI) in Health and Social Development will start on 10-21 June 2019 at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy in association with the CUNY Center for Systems and Community Design and the COMBI Institute.

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UN Decade of Family Farming starts this May 2019

Family farming FAOBuilding on the success of the International Year of Family Farming last 2014, a Global Launch of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming will take place at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Headquarters in Rome, Italy on 29 May 2019. The activity will be co-organized by the FAO and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as the Joint Secretariat of the UN Decade. 

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TV Series Helps Restore Rice Landscape Biodiversity in Vietnam

rice farmers in vietnamA TV series using entertainment-education principles helps change farmers’ beliefs and pest management practices in Vietnam.

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Beyond the Playground - LEGO for Social Change

laura lego2In the University of Queensland, Master students in COMU7102, Communication for Social Change Foundations, were lucky enough to receive a visit from Laura Simpson Reeves, who shared her wealth of knowledge on LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, and proved that playing isn’t always just fun and games.

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Erfan Daliri: Using art to orchestrate change*

Erfan 2017Erfan Daliri, a 2011 graduate at the Centre for Communication and Social Change, University of Queensland, is an author, speaker, artist, educator, mentor, event director, and agent of social change. The Centre had a chat with him about the Newkind Festival, as well as his events production company (with the soul of a social movement) UpUpTrampoline. In this article, Daliri’s lifelong interest in using the arts to orchestrate social change is uncovered. 
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Educational campaign builds tsunami resiliency

Indonesia tsunamiTsunamis are frequent in Indonesia and more than 35% of them are deadly. The December 26, 2004 tsunami claimed 178,000 lives in the island of Sumatra. In hindsight, the weak tsunami resilience of the people contributed to the terrible catastrophe. Many people were unaware, unprepared, and lacked knowledge about tsunamis. The mass media reported on the December 26 tragic consequences but did not provide substantial information about tsunamis (Morin et al., 2008). 

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