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FCCM feedback is interactive

Written by: Joshua Zukerman, AMARC International Secretariat

Welcome to the FCCM dedicated page.  The FCCM Team is eager to gather vital feedback from rural stakeholders, such as farming organizations, rural institutions, development agencies, civil society, indigenous peoples, academia, community media and communication networks. This is why this page has been created! Here, we encourage you to submit feedback, follow the discussions, and share important information on Communication for Development and family farming.

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Getting acquainted with the FCCM participants

CaribeDRMWritten by: Anastasia Zammit, FAO

In recent years, communication has proven to be crucial for family farmers dealing with development challenges such as new market and employment conditions, climate change and environmental degradation, growing world population and higher food demand. It is with this in mind that colleagues working in the agricultural and communication sectors have been invited to come together at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy from October 23-24 for the Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM).


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Radio wakes us up

FAO RadioWritten by: Joshua Zukerman AMARC International Secretariat

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) recently joined forces to host the regional virtual consultations on Communication for Development (ComDev), community media and ICTs for family farming in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Among family farming communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, radio remains the predominant form of community media. Low literacy rates plagues agricultural sectors, thereby rendering oral communication as the sole means for stimulating communication. An African respondent attested that “when radio goes to sleep, we also go to sleep… [and] ... when the radio wakes up, we also wake up!”

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Forum on Communication for Development: Structure and Agenda

postVCWritten by: Anastasia Zammit, FAO

The Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM) is set to take place over a two day period (October 23-24) at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy, welcoming participants from farmer organizations, rural institutions, development agencies and civil society, amongst many others. With a great variety of rural stakeholders coming together, the Forum promises to be interactive, engaging and dynamic. 

The numerous sessions will take a participatory approach, as welcoming speeches, presentations and closing remarks are scheduled from a variety of peers in the communication and rural development sectors.   Day 1 will focus on ComDev practices and experiences, while Day 2 will focus more heavily on ComDev policy frameworks

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Results of Regional Consultations on ComDev, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming

Yenkasa tree2Written by: Vanessa Vertiz, FAO

From August 25th to September 12th, FAO in collaboration with AMARC hosted regional virtual consultations on Communication for Development (ComDev), community media and ICTs for family farming and rural development in Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. Participants including development professionals, community media practitioners, rural development agencies and the private sector alike were invited to share their opinions and most of all, to help in forging the way forward for ComDev in family farming in their respective regions.

Here are some of the main ideas and themes that were highlighted during the discussions, by region.

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