capacity development

Why Capacity Development?

Professor Helen Hambly-Odame and Winifredo B. Dagli of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development of the University of Guelph discuss capacity development and the levels of change at which it operates in their paper titled “Why Capacity Development?”  The authors also feature three case stories on capacity development in rural communication and development. In particular, the article presents the following cases: “Piloting and Up-Scaling Effective Models of Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural

E-learning course on Communication for Rural Development

The e-learning Course on Communication for Rural Development aims to guide users in designing and implementing communication strategies for agricultural and rural development initiatives, combining participatory methods with communication processes, media and tools, ranging from community media to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), best suited for a specific context. The e-learning course is based on the Communication for Rural Development Sourcebook published in 2014 by FAO and the College of Development Communication, University of the Philippines Los

Workshop on enhancing community radio to improve food security and resilient family farming in the Asia-Pacific region

The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) will conduct a three-day workshop on interactive community radio to enhance food security and family farming in Asia-Pacific. It will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, on September 19-21, 2016. FAO reported in 2015 that 490 million people are still suffering chronic hunger in Asia and the Pacific region, which is also home to

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

ComDev training for rural radio station managers and broadcasters in Bangladesh

A capacity development program on rural ComDev is being undertaken by the College of Development Communication (CDC-UPLB) in the southern part of Bangladesh. The first training was held last June 29-July1, 2015 among rural radio station managers and broadcasters of Krishi Radio, Radio Nalta, Radio Sundarban and Loko Betar (see the Bangladesh Community Radio Portal).  Using the Communication for Rural Development Sourcebook as a main reference, the program entails six monthly missions that include three-day


A five-day Seminar on Strategic Communication Development Planning for Sarawak Development Project Planners and Implementers was conducted on June 22-26, 2015 in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. The workshop addressed the need for the state government’s development planners to have basic knowledge and skills in communication for development (ComDev) to engage stakeholders, build trust and meet increasing expectations.


Written by the FCCM team Research and Capacity Development are two of the five areas of work prioritized by the Working Group of the Forum on ComDev and Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM – Rome 2014). FAO and a group of academics associated with the FCCM have formed a Global Research Initiative on Rural Communication (GRI-RC) to address the Forum recommendation relating to the need to build a solid


Responding to the challenges of climate change in Bangladesh, a project called IRR-CCRIP (Implementation of Rural Radio Initiatives under the Coastal Climate Resilient Infrastructure Project) is now being implemented.  The project was formulated with the assistance of FAO ComDev team to address the need for a communication plan in support of resilient livelihoods, using rural radio as the core medium.