Katie Jarvis

BBC Media Action offers Lifeline Programming course

A free, online Lifeline Programming course has been made available via BBC Media Action iLearn website. This course show journalists and editors how media can best help their listeners and viewers during a humanitarian crisis. The course lasts for 45 minutes, and includes interactive modules on ‘communicating during crises’, ‘connecting with audiences’, and ‘working with the humanitarian sector’. The aim of Lifeline Programming is to alleviate people’s suffering and to assist with their

Call for indigenous design and artwork

The Food and Agriculture Organization’s Indigenous Peoples group is now open to submissions of design and visual artwork. The team works together with indigenous peoples toward the goal of ending discrimination, and recognising the value of traditional indigenous knowledge in nature management, food systems and sustainable agricultural practices, among others. In this light, the team is working to strengthen its communication strategy using images that reflect indigenous peoples’ views of the world as

World Radio Day 2016: Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster

On February 13th World Radio Day is celebrated worldwide. This year, in recognition radio’s ability to reach the widest audience worldwide in the quickest possible time, the theme of World Radio Day 2016 is “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster”. The aim of World Radio Day is to improve international cooperation between broadcasters, and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, freedom of

Restoring Ugandan forests through interactive radio

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has produced an award winning video and a new report detailing how radio is helping farmers and communities in Uganda build their knowledge and capacity for sustainable land use. The video, “Equipping Uganda for Restoration: Radio and Apps for Reforesting Landscapes” premiered as a winner in the GLF Partner Video Awards at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) on the side-lines of UNFCCC COP21. The video is

Share your experiences for World Radio Day 2016!

February 13th is World Radio Day (WRD), a celebration of community radio as a medium of primary importance. This Day aims to promote gender equality on the air, access to information, development of independent media, safety of journalists and freedom of expression.  For the fifth edition, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and all the partners in the public, commercial and community media,

Countries agree to use Internet and ICTs in the implementation of new Sustainable Development Agenda

Information and Communication Technologies are essential for achieving 2030 Sustainable Development through commitment to the vision of the World Summit on the Information Society. On 16th December, countries reaffirmed their commitment to utilizing Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) as an essential tool for achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals at a high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly. The General Assembly adopted the outcome document on the overall review of the implementation of

Rural communication takes centre stage in the development agenda of Latin America

A Regional Forum on Territorial Development, Innovation and Rural Communication took place in Brazil from 12-13 November. More than 100 participants from 15 Latin American countries came together to share experiences of rural communication and innovation and discuss the need for institutional frameworks.  The Forum was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Brazilian Ministry of Agrarian Development (MDA) and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Cooperation (EMBRAPA). The event took place

PLATICAR: creating an agricultural knowledge system

PLATICAR is a knowledge ecosystem developed in Costa Rica with an ICT for agriculture approach, based on communication for development and knowledge management processes. It promotes the creation of communities of practice where rural leaders train themselves as knowledge managers and then train others, in a self-managed dissemination process. PLATICAR COMPONENTS The knowledge ecosystem is comprised of: 1. Knowledge Management Centres (Centros de Gestión de Conocimiento – GECO): decentralized hubs in which knowledge and

Call for proposals: video on the use of VGGT for Indigenous Peoples

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is inviting interested organizations to submit a proposal on the practical application of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure by Indigenous Peoples. Following the request by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples in May 2014, FAO organized a meeting with indigenous peoples on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the context

Forum on Territorial Development, Innovation and Rural Communication in Latin America

From 12-13 November 2015, Brasilia will host the Latin America Regional Forum on Territorial Development, Innovation and Rural Communication. The Forum will provide an opportunity to share experiences and lessons learned, and will address the need to create institutional frameworks and services that can strengthen policies and programmes for family farming and rural development in the region. The Forum is organized in the framework of the Regional Initiative on Family Farming and Rural Territorial Development launched by the