Agriculture & Family Farming


SMS provides agricultural information 24/7 in Cambodia

The Kingdom of Cambodia, despite making significant economic progress over the years, still has about 80% of its rural people depend on subsistence farming as their main livelihood. This prompted the Royal Government to implement a ‘pro-poor trade strategy’ focused on an export-oriented agricultural sector to benefit rural areas. One of the obstacles of the strategy was inadequate information flow coupled with inefficient post-harvest system, lack of external market, and high transportation cost (Fitzgerald et al., 2010).

ICTs support agricultural productivity in India

India ICTAmidst declining natural resources for production and the need to enhance livelihoods of those who depend on agriculture, India ventured on maximizing the potent of information communication technologies (ICTs) to address challenges in the agriculture sector.

Ingle, Pathak, and Bhalekar (2015) studied some ICT projects on agriculture for rural development in India. Three of these projects focused on promoting agricultural development. Lessons from these studies indicate that ICTs can build up knowledge to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and improve agricultural productivity.

Krishi Radio 105 MHz: First and Only Agricultural Radio of Nepal

Krishi RadioKrishi Radio 105 MHz, established in August, 2009 is the first agricultural radio in Nepal. Krishi Radio primarily focuses on technology adoption and marketing in the Dhading district of Nepal.

Community radio run by farmers' federation in India


Vayalaga Vanoli is a community radio run by a federation of 4'500 farmersin Madurai District fo India. The radio staff collect ideas, suggestions and requests directly from farmers in the field and broadcast daily programmes on agriculture, animal husbandry, health, women and education.



Building farmers' capacity through participatory video production


Digital Green is an Indian organization that promotes participatory video production to build farmers' capacity on sustainable agriculture and allied livelihood interventions. The use of information and communication technology is combined with social organization to broaden community participation and improve cost-effectiveness of existing agricultural extension services.

Conservation agriculture in China and Democratic People's Republic of Korea

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FAO pilot projects on Conservation Agriculture (CA) in China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea applied CA principles - minimal soil disturbance, permanent soil cover and crop rotations - in eastern Asian diversified cropping systems for both upland crops and lowland rice areas. This proved the validity of CA under different agro-ecological conditions as a way to combine profitable agricultural production with environmental concerns.



Community radio and rural communication services in Bangladesh

krishi The FAO project “Enhancing Rural Communication Services for Agricultural Development through Community Rural Radio” encouraged the participation of agricultural stakeholders in Bangladesh at the national, upazila and village level and spearheaded the establishment of Krishi Radio, the first community rural radio of the country.