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Asia Pacific Regional Farmers Forum 2022 Statement

(This article is originally published in Asian Farmers’ Association website) We, 40 representatives of seven (7) regional/international small-scale farmers’ and fishers’ organizations (FOs),[1] with a combined membership of 24 million, 34% of whom are women and 23% are youth, have gathered both in-person and virtually for the 2nd Asia Pacific Regional Farmers Forum (AP RFAFO) on 26-27 October 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. We have been accompanied by officials of the International Fund

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Rural Communication Services: A Key for Agricultural Development in Bangladesh

In remote segments of Bangladesh, agriculture has been the core of development. Farming is considered as a major contributor in promoting food security, especially in isolated areas. Subsistence farming is very prominent in rural areas of Bangladesh. This is where farming is done solely for the farmers’ needs; leaving little to no stocks for market. However, as development progresses, there has been a shift from subsistence farming to market-oriented commercial farming.

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World Food Forum 2022 to focus on healthy diets, healthy planet

The World Food Forum (WFF) will conduct its annual flagship event from 17 to 21 October at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) headquarters in Rome Italy. WFF is an independent, youth-led global network of partners facilitated by FAO that empowers young people everywhere to actively shape agrifood systems to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a better food future for all. With the theme, “Healthy

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Rural Communication Services: A big help in reaching the Indian BOP Market

Rural portions in India, also called as the Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) segment, has become a target market for business owners. Products and services offered in these isolated areas may or may not be different from the products and services offered in urban areas, however, marketing strategies appear to be different for the rural consumers. Marketers consider rural communication services/rural marketing communications in promoting their products and services even

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FAO to hold AgriFood Systems Transformation Symposium in Asia Pacific

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will hold a hybrid event on AgriFood Systems Transformation in Bangkok, Thailand, October 5-7. The symposium aims provide a platform for exchange of knowledge and foster learning across agrifood systems to accelerate the transformative process in the region. The COVID-19 pandemic and the 5F crisis (food, feed, fuel, fertilizer and finance) exposed the structural weakness and low resilience in the agrifood systems. FAO’s mission,

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FFF, VFNU to hold a conference for sharing and learning among FFPOs

The Forest and Farm Facility, in collaboration with Vietnam Farmer’s Union (VNFU) will hold an international conference for sharing and learning with Forest and Farm Producer Organization (FFPOs) on 22-26 September in Hanoi, Vietnam. Titled, “Saving our Future: Investing in locally-led diversification for climate resilience and food security”, the conference aims to discuss on how to support FFPOs as key change agents in delivering climate-resilient landscapes and improved livelihoods. Aside from FFPOs, governments,

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Global Forum of the UN Decade of Family Farming 2019–2028 begins

FAO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are co-organising the Global Forum of the UN Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 (UNDFF), which is being held virtually from 19-22 September. It is an opportunity to hear from different actors and hold discussions to identify priority policies and technical areas that will shape the UNDFF agenda for the next period of implementation and will more effectively support family farmers and family farming worldwide.

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1st UNDFF Global Forum to highlight Outcomes, Experiences, and Challenges in Family Farming

After three years of implementation, the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) 2019-2028 will hold its first virtual global forum on Sept.19-22. Co-organized by FAO and IFAD, the UNDFF Global Forum aims to provide a general overview of policy trends and the relevance of family farming vis-à-vis the Sustainable Development Goals and the present global development agenda. The forum will also serve as a platform for sharing of lessons, experiences,  challenges, and

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Farmers in Odisha use radio as main source of agricultural information

Despite the abundance of mobile phones and increased internet penetration, a survey among farmers from Odisha, India, found that the radio was still the primary source of general agricultural information. One hundred and twenty farmers participated in the said survey. It was conducted by Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal. The farmers were of middle age, between 41 to 50 years old. Majority owned between 0.51 to 1 hectare of land

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Listening to the Community: Participatory Family Farming Radio Campaign

Participatory content development and involvement of the audience throughout the production cycle is one of the most significant highlights of a local broadcaster. This characteristic has been maintained during the production and dissemination of all radio programs produced to propel the Regional Awareness Radio Campaign under the aegis of the United Nations decade of Family Farming (UNDFF). A key moment in the participatory process is the impact assessment of the programs.

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