International Year of Pulses - Launching Ceremony

on Monday, 16 November 2015 15:03. Posted in Events

LOGO IYP enFollowing resolution 6/2013 of the 38th FAO Conference, the UN General Assembly, at its 68th session declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses (IYP). The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been nominated to facilitate the implementation of the Year in collaboration with Governments, relevant organizations, non-governmental organizations and all other relevant stakeholders.

The International Year of Pulses was launched on 10 November 2015 in FAO Headquarters. Rome, Italy.

The proposal to declare 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP) was initially submitted by Pakistan and Turkey in consultation with other countries, who strongly believe that pulses play a major role in addressing the future global food security and environmental challenges as well as contribute to balanced and healthy diets.

Pulses are annual leguminous crops yielding between one and 12 grains or seeds of variable size, shape and colour within a pod, used for both food and feed. The term “pulses” is limited to crops harvested solely for dry grain, thereby excluding crops harvested green for food, which are classified as vegetable crops, as well as those crops used mainly for oil extraction and leguminous crops that are used exclusively for sowing purposes (according to the FAO’s definition of “pulses and derived products”).

“Pulses have been an essential part of the human diet for centuries. Yet, their nutritional value is not generally recognised and is frequently under-appreciated” said Mr. José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director General during the launch ceremony.

Including pulses in intercropping farming systems and cultivating them as cover crops enhances also soil fertility and reduces dependency on chemical fertilizers by fixing nitrogen and freeing phosphorous, thus contributing towards a more sustainable production system.

When it comes to the environment, they play a fundamental role. Due to their low carbon footprint, low water and fertilizer requirements, they indirectly reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced during the manufacturing of these fertilisers.

The International Year 2016 will be an amazing opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of pulses.

Check the FAO IYP website for further details.

13 Community Radio Masterminds Honoured in Bangladesh

on Thursday, 22 October 2015 17:10. Posted in News from the region

meena awardsOctober 22, 2015. At the 11th Meena Media Award 2015, UNICEF honoured 45 media masterminds for their outstanding contribution to promote child rights in the media.

Out of 45 media award, four community radio stations in Bangladesh received 13 awards in radio category in Meena Media Award-2015 for their contribution in innovation in media and protection of child rights in the year 2015.

Meena is an animated cartoon character who symbolizes change and advocates the cause of children across South Asia. The 11th award ceremony has brought children's voices to the forefront through a colourful cultural event and a celebration of the contribution that the media has made.

As in every year, UNICEF Bangladesh organized this competition. The winning stations are Community Radio Pollikontha 99.2, Community Radio Chilmari 99.2, Community Radio Jhenuk 99.2 and Community Borendra Radio 99.2 FM.

Earlier, 10 Community radio stations of the country participated and submitted 49 radio programs in the competition under two categories – below and above 18 years of age. These programs reflected important issues like child education, present situation of female child and the children from horizon community, child marriage/early marriage, evolution of children organizations, child marriage in Dalit community, suicide of children, negligence of girl child in the community, life-threatening livelihood of child labors, drug addiction and its effects on family and society. Out of these 49 programs, 18 programs from 5 CR Stations got nominationed and 13 programs received the final award. This is the highest number of awards received by one single category in the media competition.

The final awards are as follows:

1. Radio Pollikontha 99.2 received 4 awards:  

  • Innovation/creative category (above 18 years): Magazine Program(2nd prize) Theme: Education of Horizon [Dalits] Children
    Innovation/creative category (above 18 years): Drama Program(3rd prize) Theme: Child Marriage
    Innovation/creative category (below 18 years): Drama Program(2nd prize) Theme: Status and situation of Autistic children
    Investigative Reporting category (below 18 years): Investigative Report (3rd prize) Theme: Drug addiction

2. Radio Chilmari 99.2 received 2 awards: 

  • Innovation/creative category (above 18 years): Drama Program (1st prize) Theme: Child Marrige
    Innovation/creative category (above 18 years): Report (3rd prize) Theme: Horizon Children: their way of life

3. Radio Jhenuk 99.2 received 3 awards: 

  • Investigative Reporting category (above 18 years): Report (2nd prize) Theme: Child labor in hazardous work environment
    Investigative Reporting category (below 18 years): Report (3rd prize) Theme: Child tendency in suicide
    Investigative Reporting category (below 18 years): Report (2nd prize) Theme: Study load on children

4. Borendra Radio 99.2 received 4 awards: 

  • Investigative Reporting category (above 18 years): Report (3rd  prize) Theme: Education of the children of ethnic/indigenous community in their own language
    Investigative Reporting category (below 18 years): Report (1st prize) Theme: Adolescence of a child
    Innovation/creative category (below 18 years): Drama Program(2nd prize) Theme: Education of the disadvantaged children
    Investigative Reporting category (below 18 years): Drama (3rd prize) Theme: Study load of the children

As pre-scheduled, the prizes have been distributed among the winners in a ceremony held in a hotel at Dhaka on October 20, 2015. Mr. Hasanul Huq Inu MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Information attended as chief guest.

The 11th Meena Media Award has generated an overwhelming response from participants comprising of nearly 650 submissions. Award nominees were selected by a panel of judges through a competitive process from both print and broadcast media. Broadly divided into 'creative' and 'journalistic' categories, entries have been sought from print, television and radio under specific age groups.

The first, second, and third award recipients of each category and age-groups received BDT 50,000 (USD600), BDT 25,000 (USD300) and BDT 15,000 (USD190) in cash prizes respectively in addition to a crest.

An eight member expert panel of judges comprising of creative writers, veteran media professionals and academics assessed each entry through a strict marking process where the names of the participants were replaced by a specific code number. The judges included, Selina Hossain - Eminent writer, Farid Hossain- Journalist, Robaet Ferdous- Academia, Fahmidul Haque, Zakir Hossain Raju- Academia, Mithila Farzana- Broadcast Journalist, Ratan Paul and Qadir Kollol - Journalist.

The Meena Media Award was introduced by UNICEF in 2005 to celebrate excellence in creative journalism in both print and broadcast outlets. The award is named after Meena, a popular animation character held dear by children and adults alike in Bangladesh. Meena is a change agent in her community and her stories champion the rights of children across South Asia.

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) actively works to improve recognition of the community electronic media sector [Community Radio | Community TV | Community Film]. Its work in and involvement with the communities seeks to serve from 2000 with support from Free Press Unlimited.

Now, 1​6 Community Radio Stations are on-air in the country, aiming to ensure empowerment and right to information for the rural community. They are broadcasting altogether 125 hours program per day on information, education, local entertainment and development motivation activities. Around 1000 Youth Women & Youth are now working with those stations throughout the country as rural broadcasters within 4.6 million rural people in 67 upazilas under 13 districts.

Source: AHM Bazlur Rahman, CEO, Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)

Community radios help "break the cycle of poverty" on World Food Day

on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 18:22. Posted in Events

web square btn enSince 1979, World Food Day is celebrated on October 16 each year. Established by the member countries of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), this day aims to raise awareness in the fight against hunger and malnutrition worldwide. This year's theme was "Social Protection and Agriculture: breaking the circle of rural poverty."

To mark this important day, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), through its Global Fund for community radio, called on its members to assert their role of agents of social change through an active participation in a radio campaign on the topic of social protection and agriculture in order to initiate discussions in their communities, to share information and help "break the cycle of poverty."

Francesco Diasio, Secretary General of AMARC, said this radio campaign was another opportunity to "show the importance of community radios as preferred vehicles of information, sharing and exchanges venues and as agents of social change".

Community radio stations from Asia Pacific, MENA and Africa contributed to the day by sharing audios on various topics. You may listen to their work on AMARC’s website. The audios are also available for download and rebroadcast.

Call for proposals for “Towards COP21: Broadcasting the voices of the communities”, an international radio series produced by AMARC

on Friday, 02 October 2015 19:41. Posted in Opportunities

There, the countries will negotiate a new universal climate agreement.

The global phenomenon of climate change is affecting every country on the planet. But, the poorest regions and the most marginalized communities in the world are hit the hardest by the changing conditions.

In the frame of the AMARC Global Campaign Fund, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) wishes to highlight how the poorest and most marginalized populations in various regions of the world are touched by climate change, global warming and pollution. This international radio series will focus the political, economical and societal aspects of climate change and will also address disaster prevention and management. AMARC is calling on community radio journalists and producers to carry the voices of the communities to COP21.

From mid-October to December, AMARC will feature the selected productions on its website and will promote them amongst partner's channels, networks and on social media in order to improve public education, encourage knowledge sharing and dissemination of scientific information on climate and engage discussion among communities. 


What AMARC is looking for?

  • Documentary, reportage, interview, roundtable, storytelling (the format is flexible).

  • The audio production must be at least 10 minutes long and ready for on-air broadcast.

  • Productions in local languages are welcomed (a script is necessary).

Community radio journalists and producers are encouraged to submit a proposal to before October 9, 2015. Please state your name, radio, country and add the details of the subject you wish to discuss in your production.

All selected producers will receive a financial compensation for their work.

This international radio series is supported by Bread for the World.