Innovation for resilience and transformation symposium

on Thursday, 27 December 2012 16:00. Posted in Events

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A symposium titled "Innovation for Resilience and Transformation" was held on 21-22 December 2012 at the Keio University, Hiyoshi Campus, Yokohama, Japan. Organized by the Keio University and the Environmental Innovators Program with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) as co-organizers, the event featured innovations in climate change adaptation and resiliency practices in Asia.
Four themes were identified for the symposium: Practicing Adaptation in Northeast Asia; Development and Environmental Risk in Asia; Resiliency and Reconstruction in Architecture and Planning; and Smart Society and Community-Based Energy Innovation. One of the sessions in the event featured the best practices on resilience and adaptation of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), the Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA), Global Water Partnership - South Asia (GWP-SAS), The Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC), and the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN). 
This annual event is already in its third year; the first of which was staged in 2010.
For more information, visit the Symposium web site.

Revitalizing agricultural extension and education through ICT

on Thursday, 20 December 2012 16:00. Posted in Events

An international workshop on "Innovative ICT and Knowledge Sharing Platforms for Revitalizing Agricultural Extension and Education: Opportunities and Challenges" was held on 3-4 December 2012 at the Infosys Campus, Hyderabad, India. Organized by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the workshop aimed to revitalize agricultural extension and education to provide smallholder farmers with access to agricultural information. 

About 60 ICT, research, extension, and education experts from India, the United States, and Africa attended the event. Among those who partnered with ICRISAT in the workshop were: Infosys Limited, Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS); National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE); University of Florida (UFL); Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR); and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

The workshop has resulted in an agreement among the partners to develop tri-lateral educational programs that will enhance the capacities of students, faculty members, extension agents, smallholder farmers, and various stakeholders in using ICT. Emphasis was placed on the use of ICT to promote the sharing and use of agricultural information among the poor and marginalized. A global AgED open courseware platform has already been launched during the workshop to facilitate this.

ICRISAT reported that the workshop was successful in "laying the groundwork for the formation of a global partnership that will push the 'knowledge to the poor' revolution through ICT application in agricultural extension and education."

For more information read the full article here.

ICRISAT is an agricultural research center for development based in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa that envisions a prosperous, food-secure, and resilient dryland tropics.

One year of rural broadcasting in Bangladesh

on Sunday, 16 December 2012 16:00. Posted in News from the region

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December 2012 marks the one year anniversary of Krishi Radio’s first broadcast. Krishi Radio is a community rural radio established in 2011 in the province of Amtali, Barguna district, with support from FAO in collaboration with the Agricultural Information Service (AIS) of the Ministry of Agriculture of Bangladesh and the Bangladesh NGO Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC). On December 30, 2012 the Bangladeshi Minister of Agriculture will personally visit Krishi Radio for an official inauguration of the  station.

Krishi Radio's advisory committee is formed by residents of the Amtali community, including members from local government and non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, media professions, the weather department, and police/security groups. Likewise, the staff includes local volunteers who have been trained in community radio broadcasting, participatory radio production, management and sustainability.

Since 2011 the station has grown from producing a two-hour program per day to eight hours of daily broadcasting. A recent survey revealed that within Krishi Radio’s 17 km radius, 40,000 people listen to the station daily using either a mobile phone or a radio tuned to the station. While most media in Bangladesh offer conetnt in the national Bengal language, Krishi Radio gives a “voice to the voiceless” by providing 16 different programs in the local language of Barisal. Topics include agriculture, fisheries, climate change, gender issues, livestock, disaster risk reduction, health, youth programs, and local songs and folk stories. To encourage community participation the program “Listener’s Letter” broadcasts criticisms and suggestions from letters sent by the audience.

To find out more about Krishi Radio see our ComDev Asia showcase and read the full article on FAO CSDI website.

1st Pacific Community Radio Round Table in Suva

on Sunday, 09 December 2012 16:45. Posted in Events

The Asia-Pacific board of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) organizes the first Pacific Community Radio Round Table to be held in Suva, Fiji Islands on February 10-11, 2013.

The goals of the round table are to strengthen advocacy for community broadcasting in the Pacific Island countries and to enable community radios in the region to address climate change, natural disaster, conflict, and gender-based issues through community broadcasting. During the round table, AMARC will be presenting the results of a survey on the prevailing conditions of community broadcasting in the Pacific region, which include:

  • analysis of existing legislative and policy arrangements
  • availability of support from government and non-government sectors
  • content diversity and broadcasting plans
  • strategic framework for sustainability. 

The event will be followed by a capacity building workshop for community radio broadcasters of the Pacific Region on February 13-14, 2013, also in Suva.

Both events are organized in collaboration with the World Association of Christian Communication (WACC) Pacific regional committee, and supported by the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme and the New Zealand Aid Programme.

In addition, AMARC Roundtable will coincide with the FemLINKPACIFIC’s Annual Young Women’s Media and Advocacy Skills Training Programme. Since 2010 this has been an important interactive learning and production space for a core team of young women producers and broadcasters to enhance and amplify the collective call for a peaceful Pacific Island region.

For more information, visit AMARC Asia-Pacific or contact the regional coordinator at