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High media use for agricultural activities among crop farmers in Yogyakarta

Over the years, access and use of electronic conventional and new media in the form of information and communication technologies (ICTs) have benefited the agricultural sector. In the coastal area of Kulon Progo Regency Yogyakarta, high electronic media use for agricultural activities came with modernization initiatives. Factors such as age, education, income, and purpose resulted in varied conventional and new media use. Electronic media particularly the television were used to

Mobile Phone Use in Agricultural Information in Bangladesh

Mobile phone has been and enabling tool for communication and development in the world, especially in developing countries like Bangladesh. Using secondary data, a 2018 study by Rahman and Afrad revealed that the increasing number of mobile subscribers in the country resulted to an improvement of different sectors like agriculture, industry and services, which contribute in the national economy of Bangladesh. Findings also showed the importance of mobile phone technology

Establishment of Community of Practice (CoP) in Advancing Resilient Family Farming in AP Region

The ComDev Asia (CDA) has successfully conducted the wrap up session  of the Communication for Development (ComDev) Training, Dec.17. With the theme, “Enhancing Family Farmers’ Communication Capacities in the Asia Pacific-Region, the webinar focused on sharing of experiences on developing the ComDev strategy and the coaching process to facilitate the formulation of the strategy. Five participating organizations developed the comdev strategy in support of their selected development of comdev project.

Youth as Models and Change Agents for Sustainable Agriculture in India

A 2018 study by Banu and Yashoda showed that to harness the potential and energy of youth for agriculture, a comprehensive and integrated policy and program  on many aspects of sustainable agriculture should be put in place with special incentives for young farmers.  Youth can be attracted to agriculture if they see meaning, income opportunities as well as a sense of pride in farming.  Young farmers also need training, effective

Private Sector Partnership to Boost Inclusive and Sustainable Cocoa Production of Smallholder Farmers in Papua New Guinea

(This article is originally published by FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific) As part of efforts to support smallholder farmers and create more inclusive agri-food value chains in Papua New Guinea, FAO implementing the  European Union co-funded STREIT programme, has engaged the local private sector, partnering with Paradise Foods Ltd., the country’s oldest national food manufacturing company. The Memorandum of Understanding agreement aims to promote more inclusive and

ComDev Virtual Training: Enhancing Family Farmer's Communication Capacities in AP region

ComDev Asia (CDA) has successfully conducted the first module of the Communication for Development Virtual Training: Enhancing Family Farmer’s Communication Capacities in the Asia-Pacific region last Nov. 20. The event was participated by various farmers’ organizations, community radios, development institutions, and advocacy groups in the region. This initiative aims to enhance the capacities of family farmers and their organizations in the region in the field of Communication for development (ComDev).

AFA and POs Hold Events in Support of UN Decade of Family Farming

This article is originally published by Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) In support of the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF), the Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA) and its partner organizations conducted virtual events that aimed at strengthening efforts to empower family farmers as well as highlight the important role of family farmers in achieving food security. Sustaining Family Farming in Asia-Pacific through inclusive, farmer-driven approaches One hundred

FAO Regional Food Safety Conference: Food safety in the era of COVID-19

The FAO Regional Food Safety Conference for Asia and the Pacific invites the public to join a series of webinars that will feature in-depth discussions on food control systems in the region and existing and emerging food safety issues.  With the theme, “Regulate. Delegate. Participate”, the conference aims to accelerate the promotion of food safety as a culture that benefits both businesses and consumers. To know more about the conference

Participatory Communication Approach: Advancing Rural Development through Community Radios

Dr. Dhanraj A. Patil explored a participatory communication approach for rural development in India. He did this by studying two grassroots community radio stations in rural India: the Sangam Radio in Medak district of Andhra Pradesh and the Radio Bundelkhand in Orchha district of Madya Pradesh. Using media ethnography tools, the article aimed to answer if community radios in India are instrumental in encouraging the participation of the voiceless and

Invitation to the Regional Consultation Meeting on UN Decade of Family Farming on Nov. 5-6

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), and the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) extend their invitation for thee Regional Consultation Meeting on UN Decade of Family Farming on 5-6 November via Zoom. This regional consultation meeting aims to formulate a Regional Action Plan that defines the key priorities, strategies, and actions to implement the UN Decade of Family Farming to strengthen