Ryan Jay Galang

PH farmer groups recommends family farming to continue amidst COVID-19 crisis

Recognizing farmers and fisher folks as front liners in the battle against Covid-19 pandemic, farmer organizations in the Philippines initiated a campaign called “Bayanihan sa Agrikultura laban sa COVID-19” to shed light concerning on food security and to push recommendations in the midst of the prevailing Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the country. One of the key recommendations is to “allow small farming families to continue working in their farms

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Mobile GAP Assessment System: New technology for family farms involved in QA schemes in Thailand

The Mobile GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) Assessment System is designed as a tool for farmers and Certification Body (CB) officers to list farm activities and newly adopted techniques which will later be assessed following the certification procedures. This works on both mobile devices such as mobile phones, tablets with Android OS and also can work on notebooks and PCs. In 2013, a pilot project was launched in Samkha village in the northern region in Thailand that was successful.

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e-Krishok: A 360-degree ICT- enabled solution to empower farmers in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Institute for ICT in Development (BIID) service basket, e-Krishok is the concept of integrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a 360-degree solution in agriculture: from pre-production to post-production levels.  BIID’s e-Krishok provides a 360-degree solution in agriculture which includes extension to market linkage to information to online trading. BIID’s flagship initiative consisting of different service components such as the information repository (www.ekrishok.com) including fact sheets, short code 16250,

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UN launched Global Action Plan for Decade of Family Farming

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2019-2028 as the UN Decade of Family Farming. The UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) aims to provide an enabling environment for family farmers to be an enabler of change and development, particularly in their contributions to global food and nutrition security. Through a Global Action Plan, the UNDFF provides a holistic guide for the international community to conduct a collective, coherent, and well-coordinated

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Participatory Theater as a Science Communication Tool in Timor Leste

This study explored the potential of Participatory theater as a tool for disseminating new agricultural knowledge among subsistence farmers in Timor Leste. The aim of the trial was to provide information on improved seed varieties and appropriate agronomic practices to maximize their yield among rural communities where rates of adult illiteracy are high and the reach of mass media forms of communication is low. The initial pilot involved a theater

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Enhancing communications in developing countries using SMS technology in Cambodia

The general objective of the project was to investigate the feasibility and viability of establishing an electronic marketing communication system (EMCS) using SMS technology to facilitate communication and exchange between farmers and traders in remote regions of Cambodia. The key participants in this project were farmers, traders, government agencies and researchers. The EMCS was intended to be a vehicle for providing improved market information and hence lead to better decision-making.

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ComDevAsia and AFA explores institutional partnership in agri and rural dev’t

The Communication for Rural Development in Asia and the Pacific (ComDevAsia) and the Asian Farmer’s Association for Rural Development (AFA) expressed their willingness to collaborate in knowledge sharing and documenting good practices in agricultural and rural development. Last Aug. 22, 2019, the CCComDev-ComDevAsia team lead by its program leader, Dr. Maria Stella C. Tirol, visited AFA Main Office in Manila to discuss about the initiative and identify potential areas for

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