community media

Recommendations from UNESCO seminar on community media sustainability

UNESCO hosted a major international conference on community media sustainability that brought together a wide range of community radio stakeholders, representing governments, regulators, practitioners, civil society, academics, and other experts, from all regions of the world last 14-15 September 2015 at its headquarters in Paris. The seminar participants agreed on 37 recommendations aimed at four different sets of actors, namely Governments and Regulators, Community Media Outlets, UNESCO, and the International Community. The

Evaluating the evidence base of RCS

With the aim of increasing the body of literature on Rural Communication Services (RCS), a group of leading universities in the field of rural communication has partnered with FAO under the umbrella of the Forum on Communication for Development & Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM). The academics involved – from the University of Guelph, University of Reading, Wageningen University, University of the Philippines Los Baños, and the University of Queensland – have

Mapping community media in rural development

In August 2015 a survey was launched as a global exercise to take stock of the work of AMARC’s affiliates, community media networks and communication practitioners engaged in communication for rural development. It helped to identify potential areas for improving the engagement of community media in sustainable rural development as well as feed discussions at the AMARC 11th Global Assembly in Accra, Ghana. The survey received 54% of responses from Anglophone speakers,

Generating sustainable rural development through communication and community media

The Forum on Communication for Development & Community Media for Sustainable Rural Development was held in Accra, Ghana on 13th August 2015 as part of the 11th International Conference of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC). The Forum was attended by representatives of community radio broadcasters, farmer organizations and development institutions from nearly 50 different countries.  The objectives of the Forum were to:• Share experiences about the role and contribution of ComDev and community

AMARC/FAO survey: take the chance to highlight your work!

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) are launching a survey to map the work of its affiliates, community media networks and communication practitioners engaged in communication for rural development.  Since 2008, FAO and AMARC have agreed to join efforts to promote communication for rural development (ComDev) and community media as an integral part of agricultural and rural development. Several field projects, regional initiatives, and community media

Discussing communication and family farming at WRF conference

Gains in political commitment around Family Farming were one of the most notable results of the International Year of Family Farming IYFF-2014. Not just because of reaping results in the form of numerous laws, programs and other specific public policy improvements, but also because of the spirit of collaboration and understanding generated among different entities, institutions and organizations. To continue promoting this global context of dialogue and collaboration, Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain) will


Written by Francesco Diasio, AMARC and Mario Acunzo, FAO From August 10th to 14th 2015, the 11th World Conference of AMARC will take place in Accra. Hosted by the Ghana Community Radio Network (GCRN), the conference will address the theme “Community Radio: reframing and reconciling a world of dualities” and will be an opportunity to celebrate community radio, while strengthening its capacity to thrive in Africa. The Forum on Communication and Community Media for Sustainable


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.

World Radio Day 2015: focus on youth

World Radio Day (13 February) is an occasion to celebrate radio as a medium and to promote access to information, and free, independent and pluralistic media. Listen to an interview to Mario Acunzo, FAO Communication for Development officer, talking about the importance of radio for the development of rural communities (in Spanish).