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Prativa Chhetri
Prativa Chhetri
Dear All

The discussion is continuing on creating an enabling environment and the priority areas of action for ComDev for family farming and rural development in Asia Pacific. We look forward to your views on the following questions:
•What are the main limiting vs. enabling factors for the implementation of rural communication services and policies in the agricultural sector?
•What steps can countries and farmer organizations take to promote rural communication policies and initiatives for family farming in the region?

May I once again remind all to introduce themselves and the organisations they represent at the beginning of their comments/posts.

Thank you and look forward to your valuable inputs.
6 years ago
saroj prasad paudel
saroj prasad paudel
pk plz when it will be start ? plz msg me
6 years ago
Prativa Chhetri
Prativa Chhetri
Dear All

The discussion this week is focussing on enabling environment and priority areas of action for ComDev for family farming and rural development in Asia Pacific.

The following questions have been posted to address the same?
•What should be the priority areas of action for ComDev in agriculture and rural development?
•What are the main limiting vs. enabling factors for the implementation of rural communication services and policies in the agricultural sector?
•What steps can countries and farmer organizations take to promote rural communication policies and initiatives for family farming in the region?

I kindly request your valuable inputs and insights to the same. May I once again remind all to introduce themselves and the organisations they represent at the beginning of their comments/posts.

Thank you and look forward to your responses.
6 years ago
Prativa Chhetri
Prativa Chhetri
Dear All

Thank you for your valuable comments. Here is a summary of the discussions of 4 September on Enabling Environment and Priority Areas of Action for ComDev in Asia Pacific:

•A multi-pronged communications strategy is needed when attempting to influence change. By producing locally broadcast content may provide an incentive for a community to mobilise and renegotiate the benefits they garner when change extractive industries return far less to the communities that are engaged in the production of the raw and sometimes processed goods. Another, parallel, strategy is to make links with community broadcasters in the donor state and work with them in producing content that can be used within the donor state to leverage the outcomes in favour of the "aid" recipients. In effect it is recognising that there are multiple audiences who can influence potential outcomes and then developing ways of packaging a message specifically for the specific audience.
•There is a need for researching and championing local broadcast / telecommunications law in order to demonstrate the benefits of a mixed broadcast sector (state, private, community) to everyone. The focus should be on drawing the attention of those in political office to their responsibilities for access to diversity on the airwaves.
•Broadcast radio can inform the community of what the constitutional obligations are and by building alliances with other groups who are engaged in the struggle for constitutional recognition may be of great use.
•The need to establish a ComDev training centre where local activists got mobilized and translated messages into their own languages was reiterated. While doing so it important to asses a bottom up approach first, sensitization of local groups was essential and ensuring that the training and communication would address the versatility of cultural and ethnic specialties of the target community.
•Local NGOs groups can negotiate with corporate to the farmers. A case in point was the Swaminathan Foundation Chennai that has an agreement with a telephone operator "Airtel" for green SIM card which allows three free voice messages to the farmers of Chennai. This has also prompted other companies to come up with similar facilities for the farmers.
•Capacity building should be the first priority for new technologies like community television, community video and mobile telephony.
•An example from Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver was shared where Dr K. Balasubhramanian is working for the project called Lifelong Learning for Farmers www.col.org/progServ/programmes/livelihoods/L3farmers/Pages/…
In a discussion, Dr Balasubhramanian mentions that mobile telephony is the best medium to reach the unreached farmers and this methodology has been applied for rural farmers in India, Sri Lanka, Jamaica, Kenya, Mauritius and Papua New Guinea.
•In developing countries where internet access is low community radio has the potentiality to deliver development contents to a large number of farmers at a time. For example, Krishi Radio is a community radio based in Borguna, Bangladesh operated by the Agriculture Ministry of the government krishi.communityradio.com.bd/ where innovative programming based on 'Agrotainment' (Agriculture+entertainment) is serving the rural population with development messages on agriculture.
•Priority area for ComDev in agriculture and rural development involves strong college and university research and training networks. Ideally these networks should also be networked across regions.
•Universities can be effective at encouraging policymakers to invest in rural ComDev for more effective agricultural partnerships and innovation. For students (future agriculture/rural communicators and extension workers) training is very important and small research projects involving partnerships with the community really works as demonstrated by the project called Mobilizing Knowledge for Sustainable Agriculture. The partnership development program involved Wayamba University in Sri Lanka, 2 universities in Canada and a regional association LIRNEAsia through multi-stakeholder communication, using ICTs and Open Source Software. For more information please visit mobilizingknowledge.blogspot.ca/

Thank you!
6 years ago
Helen Hambly
Helen Hambly
Hello

One priority area for comdev in agric/rural involves strong college and university research and training networks. Ideally these networks should also be networked across regions.

In my 10+ years of comdev networking I see the universities can be effective at encouraging policymakers to invest in rural comdev for more effective agricultural partnerships and innovation. Students (future agric/rural communicators and extension workers) training is very important - small research projects involving partnerships with the community ("community service learning" or "engaged learning") really work!

An example I can also share is that of the partnership development program (involving Wayamba University in Sri Lanka, 2 universities in Canada and a regional association LIRNEAsia). The project is called Mobilizing Knowledge for Sustainable Agriculture (through multi-stakeholder communicatino, use of ICTs and Open Source Software) mobilizingknowledge.blogspot.ca/
6 years ago
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