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

Call for Papers: 5th International Conference on Agriculture 2018

The International Institute of Knowledge Management, Sri Lanka together with the international collaborations welcomes everyone to the 5th International Conference on Agriculture 2018 (AGRICO 2018) with a them “Innovations in Agriculture for a Sustainable Future” on 16-18 August in Colombo, Sri Lanka. AGRICO 2018 invites researchers, agriculturists, policy makers, young individuals, horticulturists, agricultural engineers, industry experts, stakeholders, agronomists, and all other enthusiastic participants to gain international experience within research and

ICTs support agricultural productivity in India

Amidst declining natural resources for production and the need to enhance livelihoods of those who depend on agriculture, India ventured on maximizing the potent of information communication technologies (ICTs) to address challenges in the agriculture sector.  Bhalekar, Ingle, and Pathak (2015) studied some ICT projects on agriculture for rural development in India. Three of these projects focused on promoting agricultural development. Lessons from these studies indicate that ICTs can build up

‘Voice of Coastal People’ Tackles Climate Resilient Agriculture in Bangladesh

A network of rural radio stations in Bangladesh called “Opukoler Kotha” or “Voice of the People” has been addressing climate resilience among small farmers in southern coastal areas of the country. Composed of Krishi Radio, Radio Nalta, Radio Sundarban, and Radio Lokobetar, the network has established 100 listener clubs with at least 25 members each in their coverage areas. Using transistor radio units and their mobile phones, members of the

Call for participants: Mobile tech for agricultural and rural development in the global South

The University of Manchester will hold a free workshop on ‘Mobile Technology for Agricultural and Rural Development in the Global South’ on 20th October 2016 to share research and practice on current trends and to bring together researchers from diverse disciplines and practitioners with experience of implementing mobile applications and agriculture information systems in differing country contexts. The workshop aims to shape future research and form the basis for research

FAO offers a free course on family farming

UN FAO and the Brazilian government launched the first course self-learning on cotton production chain called, “Strategies for Strengthening the cotton Sector Development of Family Farming” through the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC/MRE) in the area of Brazil Cooperation Programme FAO which started last 30 June 2016 and will run until 30 June 2017. This course forms part of the regional project, “Strengthening the Cotton Sector by Means of South-South Cooperation”

FAO launches e-learning course on Communication for Rural Development

FAO is pleased to announce the launch of its e-learning course on Communication for Rural Development! By promoting training in ComDev, FAO hopes to continue building capacity in the use of participatory approaches to address the knowledge and information needs of rural stakeholders and to facilitate their active involvement in development initiatives.   Communication for Development (ComDev) has proven to be a key element in improving the effectiveness and sustainability of development

Rural radio network in Argentina: Sowing words, harvesting rights

From the Highlands to the Patagonia and from the sea to the Andes, “Sembramos Palabras, Cosechamos Derechos” (“Sowing words, harvesting rights”) is a community media initiative that gives voice to 19 rural radios managed by farmer organizations in rural and peri-urban areas of 12 provinces of the Republic of Argentina. A territorial experience that marks the opening of doors to basic rights such as habitat, land, water and marketing. Florencia Lance and

E-Learning Centre: End child labour in agriculture

FAO is inviting everyone to take part in this eLearning course that aims to raise awareness and build knowledge among agricultural stakeholders about the importance of addressing child labour in various fields of agricultre. Its objectives are to build specific skills depending on work-related responsibilties and tasks and/or interests, by providing concrete ideas and guidance that can be applied in real life agricultural policy and programming situations. This course is

Communication challenges in delivery and adoption of Saline Tolerant Rice Variety in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, despite inadequacies in resources, the rural communication services (RCS)1 provided by the government agricultural extension office remain the most accessed and trusted sources of information on saline tolerant rice variety (STRV) among farmers in Amtali, Barguna district, Barisal. Public extension occupies a central position in the communication network of farmers. These are among the major findings of a doctoral dissertation in development communication conducted by Mohummad Kamrul Hassan at the University of the Philippines Los