Louise Villanueva

Farmers in Bangladesh favor TV programs as source of agricultural information

A survey conducted with 100 farmers in South Surma Upazila, Bangladesh revealed that the majority (76%) had a medium favorable attitude toward agriculture-related television programs as source of agricultural information. A more favorable attitude was determined among farmers with larger farm size, higher educational qualification, higher annual family income, more farming experience, and more agricultural knowledge. However, as the farmers’ age and family size increase, their attitude toward television programs

farmers and forest producers

Mobilize investments and provide sufficient direct financing to forest and farm producer organizations (FFPOs), so they can keep family farming alive. This was the main recommendation by FFPOs who participated in an international web consultation on “Multi-dimensional Resilience : Smallholder Producers and Farmers Managing Risks,” held last June 9-11. Esther Penunia, Secretary General of Asian Farmers Association (AFA), member of the Steering Committee of ComDev Asia (CDA), presented the recommendations

Advancing Resilient Family Farming towards a “new normal”: ComDev Asia virtual consultation to craft a communication campaign

ComDevAsia (CDA) conducted a virtual consultation with partner organizations on June 11 to prioritize and validate key messages, themes, and priorities of the communication campaign on resilient family farming beyond COVID-19 within the framework of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF 2019-28). The campaign is part of the CDA Participatory Communication Plan and will have two streams: awareness raising on the role of family farming for resilient food

CSA shows potential to help women farmers in Nepal

A research study led by agricultural economist Arun Khatri-Chhetri found that climate-smart agriculture (CSA) technologies and practices could potentially reduce the burden of labor among women farmers in climate-risk and poverty hotspots in Nepal. These CSA technologies included zero tillage machines, weeders, and solar pump irrigation. Sound post-harvest management and practices such as direct seeding of rice, laser land leveling, and green manuring were also critical to labor burden reduction.