ComDev News

World Radio Day 2024: Empowering communities through rural radio initiatives in Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America

February 13— In celebration of World Radio Day 2024 with the theme “Radio: A century informing, entertaining and educating”, the Communication for Development regional platforms, YenKasa Africa, ComDev Asia and Onda Rural, spotlight their Rural Radio Initiative 2023 as part of their commitment to advancing sustainable agriculture and rural development. The Rural Radio Initiative 2023 was implemented in Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America through the three virtual platforms using a

UN-FAO tackles ‘The Future of Family Farming’

In the framework of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming 2019 – 2028  (UNDFF), the Family Farming Engagement Team is pleased to invite you to join our series of discussions on “The Future of Family Farming”. The discussion about the future of family farming will bring together academics, policymakers and family farmers to reflect together on the ways family farmers can be the foundation of sustainable and inclusive agrifood

Campaign materials on family agriculture launched

The Communication Initiative for Rural Development in Latin America and the Caribbean Onda Rural has launched the DAF 2022-2024 Campaign, “Family Agriculture at the Heart of Sustainable Agri-food Systems”. Through the campaign, a wide diversity of actors are invited to strengthen family farming through the implementation of communication. For this reason, Onda Rural shares a diversity of communication materials (radio programs, spots, radio series, reviews, etc.), which highlight the progress of

Uganda broadcaster bags radio program award

Uganda news anchor Martin Amaiyko Kigongo was awarded a national Population Media Award for the best radio program on population and development last November 2023 for a 20-minute radio documentary he produced for the program “On-Air for Gender-Inclusive Nature-based Solutions” aired on Farm Radio International (FRI). Know more about his success story and how he uses journalism to affect social change in his community in this article by Yenkasa Africa,

Participatory video training held for Africa

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO), in partnership with YenKasa Africa, Digital Green, and the University of the Philippines Los Baños College of Development Communication, conducted a five-day virtual training-workshop on participatory video in agri-food systems and digital environments for Africa on November 20-30,  2023. It was attended by more than 30 participants from farmers’ organizations, academia, and advocacy groups in Burundi, Cabo Verde Gambia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya,

UN-FAO launches Food-Based Dietary Guides of Ecuador training course

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) launched a Food-Based Dietary Guides (GABA) of Ecuador training course on November 29, 2023. The objective of the course is to capacitate facilitators to transmit the messages of the GABA to the entire population, including eating healthy natural products that come from local producers and highlighting the value of eating as a family. The course is made up of four self-paced modules

Asia-Pacific stakeholders train on participatory video

ComDevAsia, together with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) , Digital Green, and the University of the Philippines Los Baños College of Development Communication, conducted a five-day virtual training-workshop on participatory video in agri-food systems and digital environments for Asia-Pacific stakeholders on November 6-16, 2023. It was attended by more than 40 participants from farmers’ organizations, academia, and advocacy groups in India, Indonesia, Nepal, Uzbekistan, and the Philippines.

Participatory Video Trainers’ Training held

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN) Rome, the College of Development Communication of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (CDC-UPLB), Digital Green, and CCComdev concluded their five-day Participatory Video (PV) in Agrifood Systems and Digital Environments Training of Trainers on October 26, 2023. The training sessions were held on October 19, 23, 24, 25, and 26 via Zoom. A total of 45 participants from 16

Scholars, practitioners reflect on RCS in IAMCR Lyon 2023 Special Panel

Scholars and practitioners shared their reflections on Rural Communication Services (RCS) in the special panel for the winners of the IAMCR-FAO RCS Research Awards held during the IAMCR 2023 Conference in Lyon, France on July 12, 2023 They talked about promoting the global initiative supported by FAO, the importance of applied research in the field of RCS, and the Collaborative Change Communication (CCComdev) initiative. Dr. Mario Acunzo, Communication for Development

IAMCR-FAO RCS awardees recognized at IAMCR Lyon 2023 Confab

The three recipients of the IAMCR-FAO Rural Communication Services (RCS) Research Awards presented their papers at a special panel during the IAMCR 2023 Conference in Lyon, France on July 12, 2023 where they were also formally recognized. The session was also live streamed via Zoom and the Cccomdev Facebook page. The award’s goal is to recognize and support research that advances our understanding of RCS, particularly its use in Africa,