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FEATURED Rural communication policies can translate farmers’ right to communication into fair and transparent regulatory frameworks that will allow equitable access to information and communication services in rural areas. This report presents the results of the Forum on Communication and Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM) convened in 2014. Participants addressed opportunities for promoting rural communication services as sustained, inclusive and efficient communication processes involving family farmers and the rural population, and considered


Have a look at the photos of the FCCM event and browse the videos, audios and presentations shared by FCCM participants. If you’d like to send your contribution please contact us at  

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The presentations prepared by FCCM participants illustrate their experiences with using communication and community media to serve family farmers’ needs, as well as reflections on the main challenges, policy needs and options. 

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Watch a selection of videos and have a listen to the radio interviews produced with AMISNET during the FCCM! {youtubegallery=PLPgHz0FsIFapwBLQx8E-e0wivL7wRGJ3g,default}   Ajit Maru, GFAR, works to reinforce innovation and technology in critical rural areas. {podcast id=22} Alice Van der Elstraeten, e-Agriculture, FAO, discusses the future perspectives of the FCCM.{podcast id=14} According to Ashish Sen, AMARC India, radio is still the tool which is most effective in reaching rural populations in his country.{podcast id=23} Bruce Girard, Fundación

E-Agriculture Forum on Communication for Development, community media and ICTs for family farming and rural development

From 22 September to 6 October 2014, all e-Agriculture members were invited to share their experience and opinions about the effectiveness of communication and community media in rural areas, in a dedicated e-Agriculture Forum “Communication for Development, community media and ICTs for family farming and rural development”.  Moreover, they were invited to discuss with guest subject matter experts on the successes and challenges of family farmers use of ICTs and communication tools and services.    This 24th e-Agriculture forum was organized by

XIII UN Inter-Agency Roundtable on ComDev

With the purpose of upholding the fundamental role of ComDev in fostering dialogue, ownership and the active participation of stakeholders in development programmes, FAO is hosting from 16- 18 September 2014 the XIII UN Inter-Agency Roundtable on Communication for Development under the title: “Mainstreaming Communication for Development in Policies and Programmes. Enabling social inclusion to support food and nutrition security, resilient livelihoods and family farming.” 

Strengthening ComDev capacities for Sarawak's socio-economic development

The Malaysian state of Sarawak is currently embarking on a transformational journey to bring greater development to its people, with a massive development agenda in the form of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE). People participation is crucial to ensure a smoother implementation process. In response to a growing need for better communication among local stakeholders, the Sarawak Development Institute (SDI) is organizing a workshop on Reinforcing Development Communication for Economic

Community media and rural ComDev: central themes of IAMCR pre-conferences

Hyderabad, India is hosting the 2014 IAMCR conference on July 15-19, touching on the theme “Region as Frame: Politics, Presence, Practice”. Two pre-conference events will focus respectively on: a. Building Community – Shaping Change. The Role of Community, Citizen and Alternative Media in Regional Transformation (July 13-14) b. Communication for sustainable rural development and social change (July 14) Both the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) are

Social Media for Development Workshop

It is undeniable that social media has become a powerful ComDev tool, able to reach and engage people in development initiatives. In agriculture, for example, social media has helped to increase farmers’ access to timely and relevant information and marketing advice. It has also helped improve the delivery of public services by facilitating two-way communication between government and citizens. The United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication