Workshop on interactive radio for family farming and food security in Asia-Pacific

on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 15:46. Posted in Events

radiobangla cccomdevThe World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) will conduct a three-day workshop on interactive community radio to enhance food security and family farming in Asia-Pacific. It will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, on September 19-21, 2016.

FAO reported in 2015 that 490 million people are still suffering chronic hunger in Asia and the Pacific region, which is also home to almost 62 percent of the world’s undernourished. “The challenge facing the region is not only to produce more food from the increasingly limited natural resource base but also how to ensure more equitable access to food, while addressing various threats such as climate change.”

It is in this context that community radios have shown their effectiveness in supporting farmers’ organizations and development institutions to promote food security and food sovereignty. The flexibility and ability of community radios to reach the most isolated and poorest farming communities, who are often the most affected by food insecurity issues, make them a suitable tool to share best practices, disseminate scientific and indigenous knowledge, and promote multi-stakeholder dialogue.

Agenda and learning objectives

The workshop is meant to improve the capacity of community radios at the local level to provide inclusive information and communication services to farming communities and the rural population, with a focus on:

  • Communication and community radio as a driver for rural development (Day 1)
  • Enhancing information management and knowledge sharing for radio broadcasting on family farming and food security (Day 2)
  • Interactive radio programming (Day 2)
  • ComDev Asia: partnerships and networking for sustainable development (Day 3)
Participants are expected to:

1) improve their knowledge on specific topics related to food security/food sovereignty, with a focus on climate change, one health concept and family farming;

2) improve their capacity of working with radio as an interactive medium using ICTs in a participatory manner;

3) improve their capacities and reinforce their abilities to produce relevant programmes on food security/food sovereignty, with a focus on climate change, one health concept and family farming;

4) become more aware and sensitized to the gender sensitive dimension;

5) establish linkages and lines of work with FAO projects and programs to build synergies across AMARC and FAO work in the Asia-Pacific region through ComDev Asia.

The workshop will also bridge the gap between radio practitioners and experts on key regional development issues such as climate change, one health initiative, family farming, sustainability of the food system, and gender dimension of food security, among others.

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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

FAO launches e-learning course on Communication for Rural Development

on Monday, 01 August 2016 15:28. Posted in News from the region

Communication for Rural Development start pageFAO is pleased to announce the launch of its e-learning course on Communication for Rural Development.

By promoting training in ComDev, FAO hopes to continue building capacity in the use of participatory approaches to address the knowledge and information needs of rural stakeholders and to facilitate their active involvement in development initiatives.  

Mobile phones and the rural poor: gender perspectives from Asia

on Monday, 01 August 2016 10:47. Posted in News from the region

Use of mobile phones by the rural poor gender perspectives in South Asian countriesMobile phones have contributed in various ways to rural development, from reducing information asymmetry, improving functional networks, to increasing access to services and finance. Yet a digital gender divide exists.

The study examines gender perspectives on the use of mobile phones by the rural poor by identifying their information needs using gender-disaggregated statistics gathered from developing economies in South and South East Asia.