Rhodora Ramonette Custodio

Call for Session Proposals to the 19th Global Development Conference

The 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. Bearing the theme “Knowledge for Sustainable Development: The Research-Policy Nexus,” the conference will bring together researchers, policymakers, representatives of international organizations, civil society, development practitioners, and the private sector. GDN has partnered with the following institutions for the said event: German Federal Ministry for

RNTC releases list of courses for 2019

Radio Netherlands Training Centre (RNTC) has published its course calendar for 2019. RNTC offers courses year-round for nonprofit and media organizations. Its list of course offerings this year include Investigative Journalism, Media Campaigns for Development and Social Change, Data Journalism, and Drama for Social Change. The 2019 schedule of courses is as follows: 11 March – 22 March: Digital Engagement Bootcamp 11 March – 29 March: Digital Content Creative 13 May

Updates to the IAMCR Madrid 2019

Registration to the IAMCR (International Association for Media and Communication Research) Madrid conference to be held on 7-11 July 2019 at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain is now open. A total of 3,700 abstracts from authors in 104 different countries were received by the Conference Organizing Committee. However, only 1,500 participants can be accommodated this year. Interested participants are encouraged to register early and avail of the earlybird fees until

VI Global Conference on Family Farming set on 25-30 March 2019 at Bilbao

The World Rural Forum (WRF) is organizing the VI Global Conference on Family Farming with the theme “A Decade to Improve the Lives of Family Farmers” on 25-30 March 2019 at Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. The IV Global Conference is a prelude to the launching of the Decade of Family Farming in Rome weeks later. It will be participated in by various governments, family farmers organizations, international organizations, National Committees for Family Farming,

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

The 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.  The Family Farming and Rural Territorial Development Initiative is a priority

FAO Releases Report on the State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture

The FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture recently released it first report on “The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture.”  The report gives an evaluation of the state of biodiversity for food and agriculture (BFA) as well as it management worldwide based on 91 country reports, 27 reports from international organizations, and inputs from over 175 authors and reviewers. Furthermore, it presents information on the roles

New Publications: Social media, big data analytics and innovation networks*

Researchers and practitioners are embarking on topics, such as digital agriculture, big data and social media. The research program of Dr. Ataharul Chowdhury aligns with this exploration and seeks to advance understanding about innovative use of social and collaborative media for enhancing knowledge mobilization, learning and innovation networks of agricultural professionals. He has been collaborating on several studies to investigate social and collaborative media for supporting innovation networks of agricultural

New IAMCR Working Group on Rural Communication

The new Working Group on Rural Communication (RUC) of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) was launched at the 2018 IAMCR annual conference in Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A. The group is co-chaired by Rico Lie of the Wageningen University and Sarah Cardey of the University of Reading. The working group aims to provide a platform for scholars and professionals working in the field of rural communication. The focus of the working group

Invitation to join the IAMCR's 2019 Conference in Spain

The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), a global professional association of media and communication researchers, invites professionals in the field of media and communication to its 2019 conference.  Bearing the theme “Communication, Technology and Human Dignity: Disputed Rights, Contested Truths,” IAMCR 2019 will be held on 7-11 July 2019 at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain. For information and updates, visit the IAMCR 2019 conference web site or email madrid2019@iamcr.org.

TV Series Helps Restore Rice Landscape Biodiversity in Vietnam

A TV series using entertainment-education principles helps change farmers’ beliefs and pest management practices in Vietnam. Developed by a multi-stakeholders’ group, the TV program focuses on motivating farmers to raise flowering plants along rice bunds. The key message is that the flowers provide the shelter, nectar, alternate hosts, and pollen to conserve insects such as bees. These insects in turn protect the rice crop from invading planthoppers. In order not to