Rural Communication Services

ComDev Asia holds Regional Forum on Rural Communication Services (RCS) for Family Farming

The Regional Forum on RCS for Family Farming in Asia and the Pacific was held last 28 June 2022. The event was attended by ComDev Asia partners from the Food and Agriculture Organization, Digital Green, Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development, Self Employed Women’s Association, as well as representatives from national government agencies.   The regional forum was meant to provide a platform for the discussion of recommendations for advancing

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Global Forum on Inclusive RCS for Family Farming set on July 11

Com Dev Asia is inviting everyone to attend the UNDFF Global Forum on Inclusive Rural Communication Services for Family Farming  on 11 July 2022, 12:00-3:00PM CET. The discussion aims to showcase current trends, approaches, experiences and lessons learned related to RCS for Family Farming, and to define criteria, opportunities and priorities for mainstreaming RCS in family farming National Action Plans, policies, and programs and agree on mechanisms to foster collaboration

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SMS as an Inclusive Tool in Knowledge Sharing in Agriculture in the Philippines

Knowledge sharing is considered one of the essential practices for agricultural development. Farmers have to be aware of the latest agricultural information to make sure they can address farm issues such as pests and diseases and utilize the existing innovations to maximize their production. There are already a lot of established systems to ensure this, such as social media, websites, mobile applications, and radio programs. However, farmers face challenges with

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Regional Forum on RCS in AP Region to be held 28 June

The Regional Forum on Advancing Rural Communication Services (RCS) for Family Farming in Asia and the Pacific  will be held on 28 June 2022, 5:30 pm, via Zoom. The Regional Forum aims at engaging key stakeholders in the discussion on trends, experiences and appropriation of RCS  for family farming and how to promote RCS in the region as part of the UNDFF process.  The Regional Forum is a part of

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Farmers in Vietnam, Indonesia, and Myanmar adopt digital technologies based on performance, ease of use, and peer review

While digital technologies could enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of farming activities, the Grow Asia report in 2019 still showed that farmers’ adoption of digital technologies remained low across Southeast Asia. In their interviews with 100 farmers from Vietnam, Indonesia, and Myanmar, the Grow Asia team found that farmers would only decide to adopt a technology based on performance, ease of use, and reviews from fellow farmers. Farmers also moved

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Advancing Rural Communication Services in Family Farming in the Asia Pacific Region

The United Nations Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF, 2019-2028) aims to unleash the potential of family farmers as ‘key agents of change’ to transform food systems in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. This is guided by a Global Action Plan (GAP) under which Pillar 4 calls for improved communication and ICT capacities, Rural Communication Services, and increased awareness of family farmers’ roles, contributions, and challenges, among others (GAP-Outcome

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Project SARAi: Technologies for Climate Smart Agriculture in the Philippines

Climate change is one of the major problems in the agriculture sector. It reduces crop and livestock productivity, threatens food security, and lower income, especially to smallholder farmers. In the Philippines, an action-research program was established to work towards climate risks by providing agricultural stakeholders with site-specific crop advisories. Project SARAI or  Smarter Approaches to Reinvigorate Agriculture as an Industry in the Philippines provides farmers advisories for rice, corn, banana,

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Farmers’ Perceptions Regarding the Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Northern Pakistan

Farmers in the Khybe Pakthunkhwa (KPK) province in Pakistan considered the utilization of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a useful source of agricultural information. In the study published by Aldosari et.al in 2017, farmer respondents agreed that information gathered through traditional media (radio and television) as well as the new media (mobile phone and internet) are sufficient for them. However, issues on access, availability and educational status affect the

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Exploring Television as Medium for Rural Development in Bangladesh

Television is said to be one of the most important medium for communicating with rural communities as it has the potential to disseminate development information. However, in Bangladesh, a group of researchers who did a study to identify the use of television in the rural communities found that rural people are unaware about the tv programs or that they don’t have time to watch these programs. Thus, although tv could

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Radio+ increased mobilization of agricultural knowledge in Sri Lanka

Media use in agriculture is an area of interest among sector members. In Sri Lanka, a group composed of staff from Rangiri Radio, Department of Export Agriculture, Wayamba University and LIRNEAsia, and researchers from the University of Alberta and the University of Guelph in Canada aimed to know the affordances of adopting radio+ (broadcast radio combined with information and communication technologies). Specifically, the group wanted to explore radio+ as a

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