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UN-FAO hosts RCS technical seminar

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) hosted a technical seminar on Rural Communication Services (RCS) and Inclusive Innovation Approaches for Family Farming on 29 April 2024 held at the Ethiopia Room at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy and via live streaming. It was participated in by global experts who shared about their various RCS initiatives. As part of the ongoing implementation of the United Nations

WRF confab highlights family farming’s role in tackling food security, SDGs

The World Rural Forum (WRF) hosted The VIII. Global Conference on Family Farming at the Europa Congress Palace in Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain and via livestreaming on March 19 to 21, 2024. Over the three-day conference, global experts and stakeholders converged to explore innovative strategies and collaborative efforts to address food security issues through family farming as a sustainable solution. Topics during the conference centered on the role of family farming

Watch the livestream of the VIII Global Conference on Family Farming

The VIII Global Conference on Family Farming happening on March 19 to 21, 2024 at the Palacio Europa Conference Center will be livestreamed via YouTube through this link: The VIII Global Conference on Family Farming promises to be a momentous event that will address critical issues for the future of our planet—a call to action, a platform for collaboration and an opportunity for the most representative people in the

VIII Global Conference on Family Farming to be held March 19-21

The VIII Global Conference on Family Farming will be held on March 19 to 21, 2024 at the Palacio Europa Conference Center. The event will also be live-streamed on social media (link to be announced soon). The world faces colossal challenges that range from the climate crisis and the energy crisis to the urgent need to guarantee the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of our agri-food systems. Furthermore, we are

WORLD RADIO DAY FEATURE: ‘Radios are the future’ for Somali farmers

Amid the age of digital technology, radio is still one of the most popular and fundamental communication media in Somalia, where most households own battery-operated portable radios. While rich in oral tradition, Somalia’s rural areas experience poor internet penetration rates, which is why the use of radio remains an effective medium for the locals. Using this tried-and-tested medium, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) implemented a

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,