Ryan Jay Galang

Farmers' Access to ICT-based Media for Agricultural Information in Bangladesh

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has the power to improve the socio-economic condition of communities, especially in developing countries like Bangladesh. As an agricultural nation, agricultural information is to improve the productivity and quality of life. However, in the 2018 study of Khalak et al., issues on access and affordability remained to be a major roadblock for farmers to capitalize the benefits of ICT-based media in accessing agricultural information. This

Young Farmers Open Letter Contest

The Asia-Pacific Farmers’ Program invites young farmers to send an open letter to policymakers in the agriculture sector in your country discussing the issues you are dealing with in agriculture and including your recommendations for possible solutions to these challenges. WHO CAN JOIN • Young farmers (15 to 35 years old) • Must be a member of any of the farmers’ groups within the AFOSP-APFP partners (as certified by NFO

Negative Impact of COVID-19 on Global Fisheries and Aquaculture Food Systems

(This article is originally published by FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific) Global fisheries and aquaculture have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and could face further disruption in 2021 as lockdowns affect supply and demand across the sector, according to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The report, The impact of COVID-19 on fisheries and aquaculture food systems, was featured during

FAO to hold UNDFF Event on Resilient and Sustainable Food Systems

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is co-organizing an international event entitled, “Implementing the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) to face COVID-19 and achieve resilient and sustainable food systems” on February 10, 3:00 to 14:15 (CET). The event will recognize the UNDFF  as a framework for countries to develop public policies and investments to support family farming from a holistic perspective, thus contributing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Mobile Phone Use in Agricultural Information in Bangladesh

Mobile phone has been and enabling tool for communication and development in the world, especially in developing countries like Bangladesh. Using secondary data, a 2018 study by Rahman and Afrad revealed that the increasing number of mobile subscribers in the country resulted to an improvement of different sectors like agriculture, industry and services, which contribute in the national economy of Bangladesh. Findings also showed the importance of mobile phone technology

Establishment of Community of Practice (CoP) in Advancing Resilient Family Farming in AP Region

The ComDev Asia (CDA) has successfully conducted the wrap up session  of the Communication for Development (ComDev) Training, Dec.17. With the theme, “Enhancing Family Farmers’ Communication Capacities in the Asia Pacific-Region, the webinar focused on sharing of experiences on developing the ComDev strategy and the coaching process to facilitate the formulation of the strategy. Five participating organizations developed the comdev strategy in support of their selected development of comdev project.

Youth as Models and Change Agents for Sustainable Agriculture in India

A 2018 study by Banu and Yashoda showed that to harness the potential and energy of youth for agriculture, a comprehensive and integrated policy and program  on many aspects of sustainable agriculture should be put in place with special incentives for young farmers.  Youth can be attracted to agriculture if they see meaning, income opportunities as well as a sense of pride in farming.  Young farmers also need training, effective

Private Sector Partnership to Boost Inclusive and Sustainable Cocoa Production of Smallholder Farmers in Papua New Guinea

(This article is originally published by FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific) As part of efforts to support smallholder farmers and create more inclusive agri-food value chains in Papua New Guinea, FAO implementing the  European Union co-funded STREIT programme, has engaged the local private sector, partnering with Paradise Foods Ltd., the country’s oldest national food manufacturing company. The Memorandum of Understanding agreement aims to promote more inclusive and

ComDev Virtual Training: Enhancing Family Farmer's Communication Capacities in AP region

ComDev Asia (CDA) has successfully conducted the first module of the Communication for Development Virtual Training: Enhancing Family Farmer’s Communication Capacities in the Asia-Pacific region last Nov. 20. The event was participated by various farmers’ organizations, community radios, development institutions, and advocacy groups in the region. This initiative aims to enhance the capacities of family farmers and their organizations in the region in the field of Communication for development (ComDev).

AFA and POs Hold Events in Support of UN Decade of Family Farming

This article is originally published by Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) In support of the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF), the Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA) and its partner organizations conducted virtual events that aimed at strengthening efforts to empower family farmers as well as highlight the important role of family farmers in achieving food security. Sustaining Family Farming in Asia-Pacific through inclusive, farmer-driven approaches One hundred