‘Voice of Coastal People’ Tackles Climate Resilient Agriculture in Bangladesh

on Wednesday, 06 September 2017 04:35. Posted in News from the region

RuralRadioA network of rural radio stations in Bangladesh called “Opukoler Kotha” or “Voice of the People” has been addressing climate resilience among small farmers in southern coastal areas of the country. Composed of Krishi Radio, Radio Nalta, Radio Sundarban, and Radio Lokobetar, the network has established 100 listener clubs with at least 25 members each in their coverage areas.

Using transistor radio units and their mobile phones, members of the listener clubs learn and share agricultural technologies that enable them to cope with impacts of climate change. The areas are highly prone to increased salinity and more frequent floods and cyclone. The technologies shared include the use of saline tolerant crop varieties, organic fertilizers, floating cultivation, sarjan method, vegetable production along fences of fishponds, crop management during winter, and tree plantation in saline soil. The network regularly airs a 30-minute magazine program twice a week with replays also twice a week at 7:30 or 8:30 in the evening.

Supplementing the regular radio broadcasts are other communication media such as posters, leaflets, field demonstrations, visits, dialogue, and Facebook.

Members of the listener clubs give opinion and feedback via mobile text or call to ensure that radio addresses their information needs. They listen and sit together to critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of the radio programs. They also get involved in program production and broadcasting, hence, they have been trained on how to become an effective leader, communicator, broadcast producer and presenter.

The clubs assist in social mobilization campaigns to create awareness of the radio programs, increase listenership, and form new listener clubs in coverage areas of the station. Furthermore, they arrange and organize social development activities designed to address the common issues affecting them. Each listener club has a focal person who coordinates and monitors its activities that support the network of community radio. The radio stations for their part conduct quiz and essay competitions with modest prizes as a mechanism for sustaining and monitoring listenership and probable radio program impact.

Based on the preliminary evaluation of the project conducted last April, listeners found the program content motivating and useful. Among the benefits gained, they value their being able to use their idle or fallow lands because of the availability of saline tolerant variety and green manure they learned from radio  listening. There was, however, a still very low access to social media such as Facebook, and familiarity with youtube was almost nil.

The ‘Voice of Coastal People’ program  is being implemented under the Rural Radio Initiative of the Coastal Climate Resilient Infrastructure Project of IFAD, the Local Government Engineering Department through the Agriculture Information Service of the Ministry of Agriculture, Bangladesh, and the College of Development Communication-UP Los Baños in the Philippines. The Voice of the People started airing in March 2016. 

Source: cccomdev.org

Sarawak Communication for Development Centre to promote "data-driven thinking"

on Wednesday, 06 September 2017 04:25. Posted in News from the region

SDIThe Sarawak Development Institute (SDI), in collaboration with the College of Development Communication (CDC), University of the Philippines Los Baños, has set up the Sarawak Communication for Development Centre (SCDCentre).

The SCDCentre aims to provide capacity building on strategic communication planning for its stakeholders that include grassroots leaders, civil servants, and members and/or volunteers of community organizations.

In addition, the SCDCentre is being positioned to play a significant role in the Sarawak government’s initiatives to transform its economy into that of a digital economy. Sarawak is one of the states that make up the Malaysian Federation.

In his maiden address as Sarawak’s 6th Chief Minister at the 1st session for 2017 of Sarawak’s Parliament held in May this year, Abang Johari Tun Abang Haji Openg, referred to “Big Data” as  the basic core of the digital economy that Sarawak must leapfrog into. He announced that the “Sarawak Big Data” will “represent a small but first step in our journey of a thousand miles in the development of the Digital Economy of Sarawak.” 

To support the Sarawak government’s digital economy transformation initiatives, the SCDCentre will focus on content creation related to Sarawak’s development data. The SCDCentre will seek to compile, process unstructured data, and build up structured data on Sarawak’s development in the following areas: 

  • Climate change and disaster risk management;
  • Sustainable agriculture;
  • Governance and development management;
  • Biodiversity and biotechnology;
  • Digital economy transformation; and
  • Culture (unity in diversity) as x-factor for development.

In this role, the SCDCentre will develop and implement programs and provide communication-related services that will promote “data-driven” thinking among policy makers, civil servants, and the citizens of Sarawak, particularly the youth segment of its population.

Source: cccomdev.org

AMARC Launches ComDev Asia Initiative

on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:27. Posted in News from the region

comdev asia initiativeIn an effort to advance resilient family farming in the Asia-Pacific region, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters-Asia-Pacific (AMARC-AP) ventures into its ComDev Asia Initiative starting this mid year. The initiative aims to support ongoing development programs, rural institutions, and rural communities; enhance local capacities in communication for development; and foster partnerships with regional actors, farmer organizations, community media, universities, and governments.

A Radio Production Workshop in India

on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 15:30. Posted in News from the region

radio production workshop 370x290At the end of July, 40 students in India attended a 3-day workshop in radio production at the Salesian College Sonada. It was the first time that such an event took place at the College, where a community radio will be launched soon.

Students were trained in concept programming and production, participating in recording sound bites, jingles, promos, etc. They also learned about script writing.

Throughout the three-day workshop, students were taught by the facilitator, Siliguri Mr Mahammad Johaed, Lecturer in the Mass Communication department at Salesian College, the power of radio as a tool to reach members of their community.

Source: Signis