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Shamba means small farm in Swahili. Shamba Shape Up is Kenya’s first make-over style TV programme focusing on agriculture, produced by the Mediae Company based in Nairobi.  Targeting East Africa’s rapidly growing rural and peri-urban TV audience, the show outlines a series of agricultural challenges tackling issues of livestock, poultry, crops and soil fertility, pest management, irrigation and solar power, aiming to give farmers the tools to improve their productivity


The Expert Consultation on “Communication for Development: meeting today’s agricultural and rural development challenges” took place in Rome, from 14 to 16 September 2011. It was organized by FAO Office of Knowledge Exchange Research and Extension (OEK) in collaboration with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD). 32 international specialists, including scholars,

UNESCO-IPDC Prize for Rural Communication 2012

The IPDC Prize for Rural Communication is awarded every two years to meritorious and innovative initiatives aimed at improving communication for rural communities in developing countries. Co-winners of the 2012 edition are the Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists and the Kenyan Arid Lands Information Network who share the US$ 20,000 Prize. The award ceremony took place on 22 March at UNESCO Headquarters, during the 28th session of the IPDC Council. The


On December 14 2011, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) awarded Professor Nora Cruz Quebral a honorary doctorate for her “pioneering and continued contribution to the field of development communication”. Professor Cruz-Quebral was the founder and is professor emeritus of the College of Development Communication at the Unviersity of the Philippines Los Baños, Asia’s first faculty for the field. She has worked as consultant with FAO, UNICEF,

CDC hosts Bangladesh MoA staff for a study tour

The College of Development Communication (CDC) of the University of Los Banos hosted two staff from the Bangladesh Ministry of Agriculture to increase their understanding of rural communication for development in the framework of the FAO project TCP/BGD/3205 on “Enhancing Rural Communication Services for Agricultural Development through Community Rural Radio”. From May 22 to June 2, 2011, they were supported by Dean Cleofe Torres and Prof Maria Stella Tirol in