ComDev Stories

Engaging the Youth in Agriculture Through Digital Innovations

Many studies have noted the decreasing interest of the youth in agriculture. However, digital technologies can facilitate youth engagement in the sector to address unemployment and food insecurity. FAO (2018) identified drones and various applications as innovations that can revolutionize agriculture. Drones are able to collect real-time and in-depth data on food and agricultural challenges. On the other hand, applications have facilitated the reporting and management of pests on farms

New Publication: FAO's Work on Family Farming

“Family farmers are key actors towards achieving food security, poverty reduction and environmental preservation if supported by an enabling policy environment” (FAO, 2018). The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published a report on its work on family farming (FF) since the launch of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) in 2014.  The publication presents key facts and figures on family farming; the contributions of family farming towards the attainment of

CCComDev Team at CDC, UPLB Holds Planning-Workshop

The team behind the Collaborative Change Communication and ComDev Asia websites from the College of Development Communication, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) conducted a planning-workshop on 25 July 2019 at UPLB.  The activity aimed to orient the new members of the team on managing the portal and to plan out activities for the rest of the year in terms of content management of the sites. With these plans, the sites’ content

In Focus: Family Farming in Africa

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), about two-thirds of the African population depend on family farms, comprising of 62% of the land, for food and employment. These farmers depend mostly on traditional modes of farming such as non-use of irrigation, chemical fertilizers, and commercial seed varieties. As such, they contribute to ecosystem preservation and environmental protection and are crucial for food security in the region. However, these same farmers are

IAMCR 2019 Sets Record-High Attendance

The recently concluded International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference on 7-11 July 2019 at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid had its largest conference ever with 1,785 registered participants coming from 83 countries and 5 continents. Most of its participants came from the European Union, but a large number also came from Asia, Central and South America, and North America.  The theme for this year’s conference was “Communication, Technology, and

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World Report 2019 Released

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), together with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP), and World Health Organization (WHO), recently released The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World Report 2019 (SOFI 2019).  The report tracks the world’s progress towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of zero hunger by (1) ending hunger and ensuring access to food by all and (2) eliminating all forms of malnutrition. In

Innovations on Sustainable Food and Agriculture Recognized at FAO Awards

During the FAO Awards held on 26 June 2019, winners of the International Innovation Award for Sustainable Food and Agriculture were recognized.   The Award was launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Federal Government of Switzerland on October 2018 and was opened to individuals, private companies, and institutions. Over 400 proposals were received worldwide and were evaluated based on quality and merit of the innovation, its potential benefit, impact and sustainability, scalability,

Global Information Society Watch 2018 Report: Community Networks

The Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) 2018 edition highlights the role of community networks in achieving universal access to information. GISWatch is “a space for collaborative monitoring of the implementation of international (and national) commitments made by governments towards the creation of an inclusive information society.” In its 2018 report, it focuses on community networks defined as “built, owned, operated, and used by citizens in a participatory and open manner.” The 2018

FAO and UPLB pledge to work together in promoting inclusive rural development

A formal partnership agreement on promoting rural development in the Philippines was recently signed by FAO and the University of the Philippines Los Baños. The agreement focuses on developing tools. methodologies, and knowledge products to make agricultural systems more inclusive and efficient. The partnership aims to strengthen national policies, strategies, and regulatory frameworks on food loss and waste through the value chain; facilitate an enabling environment for inclusive rural development and

FAO launches the UN Decade of Family Farming

Global launch of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (2019-2028) will be held on 27 to 29 May 2019 at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy spearheaded by UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) hopes to provide knowledge and awareness on how a family farmer is an important key player in eradicating hunger and shaping