Online mapping: ICTs and RCS for small-scale family farmers in the NENA region

On July 22nd, KariaNet network in collaboration with FAO Regional Initiative on Small-Scale Family Farming and the Communication for Development team launched an online survey and discussion on ICT applications and rural communication for family farming, involving specialists and practitioners from the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region. The online discussion is hosted on KariaNet’s Google Group, with two sets of questions being posed to participants. 1. The first group of questions is focused on

Red de radios rurales de Argentina - Sembramos Palabras, Cosechamos Derechos

De la Puna a la Patagonia y del mar a los Andes, “Sembramos Palabras, Cosechamos Derechos” es una iniciativa de comunicación comunitaria que articula 19 radios rurales gestionadas por las organizaciones campesinas en entornos rurales y periurbanos de 12 provincias de la República Argentina. Una experiencia territorial que marca una puerta de acceso a derechos básicos como el hábitat, la tierra, el agua y la comercialización. Florencia Lance y Martín Segura están al frente

Uni of Reading hosts dialogue on Communication for Development

On July 25, 2016, the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development of the University of Reading and the Participatory Communication Research Section of IAMCR, in association with Grupo Pértiga and the Walker Institute, will host a one-day event about communication for development with renowned international experts. The one-day event will include three workshops: 1. “Communication for Development Sourcebook“, a new communication for development teaching tool created by the FAO, presented by Mario Acunzo (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)

5th International Conference on Mobile for Development

The 5th International Conference on Mobile Communication Technology for Development (M4D2016) will be held in Maputo, Mozambique on October 21-22, 2016. This conference is open to researchers, practitioners and all those with interests in the use, evaluation, and theorizing of Mobile Technologies for Development.  The M4D2016 conference combines two days of plenary parallel paper sessions, panel sessions, short presentations, posters and workshops. In addition, it will include pre-conference workshops for

Continental Summit of Indigenous Communication in Bolivia

From 14 to 18 November 2016, the Department of Cochabamba in Bolivia will host the III Continental Summit of Indigenous Communication of Abya Yala (the Americas), an event organized by the five indigenous organizations of the Unity Pact of Bolivia. Indigenous media professionals and amateurs from all states of Latin America will gather to debate, exchange experiences and reflect on how to strengthen the communication processes of Indigenous Peoples.  The summit aims to be

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

Sarawak celebrates the role of communication for development

Sarawak Development Institute (SDI) in Malaysia celebrated its 20 years of service and commitment to support the development agenda of the state of Sarawak last December 2, 2015. Governor of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, acknowledged that communication serves as a very important element for the development efforts of a country. He was given recognition by the College of Development Communication University of the Philippines

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

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