Communication for Rural Development

Empowered Community Radios For Healthy Communities in Indonesia

Can community radios really contribute in building healthy communities? According to Ibrahim (2018), it is possible but only if the community radio is empowered and health communication perspective with local culture basis are important agenda. The author centered his observations on the three radio stations in the Pantura region in Indonesia namely: Arya FM; QLan FM; and NHfm. The study revealed that community radios provided the needed space for community members

Can Improved ICT Increase the Net Income of Rural Farmers?

In an article published at the South Asia @ LSE blog, Arshad Perwez shows that the improved mobile broadband in 2017 has helped onion farmers in India implement solutions to their storage problem. These farmers in the Sehore district earn an average of Rs 40,000-50,0000 per acre through onion cultivation. In a good season, their net income sometimes climbs up to Rs 100,000 per acre. Unfortunately, because of the fluctuations

Farmers in Bangladesh favor TV programs as source of agricultural information

A survey conducted with 100 farmers in South Surma Upazila, Bangladesh revealed that the majority (76%) had a medium favorable attitude toward agriculture-related television programs as source of agricultural information. A more favorable attitude was determined among farmers with larger farm size, higher educational qualification, higher annual family income, more farming experience, and more agricultural knowledge. However, as the farmers’ age and family size increase, their attitude toward television programs

Mobile phone's usefulness among farmers in Southern Bangladesh

Mobile phone has been an effective tool for rural and agricultural development. In a recent study conducted in Bangladesh, it revealed that most farmers used their mobile phones in obtaining and securing various crop farming information. The farmer-respondents sought information related to crop diseases and pest control followed by fertilizer management suggestions, and selection of appropriate crops and adequate vegetable species. However, the study revealed that farmers in Southern Bangladesh

Communication for Rural Development Sourcebook

Today more than ever smallholders and rural communities require access to information and communication to make their voices heard and change their lives for the better. Communication for Development facilitates dialogue and collaborative action, combining participatory methods with communication tools ranging from community media to ICTs. The Communication for Rural Development Sourcebook provides communication practitioners, development professionals and field workers with a comprehensive set of guidelines, illustrative experiences and learning

Inclusive Rural Communication Services: Building Evidence, Informing Policy

This publication is the first scoping study aimed at compiling existing evaluation cases in the field of Communication for Development as applied to agricultural and rural development initiatives. It draws on a literature review and 19 cases across Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean comparing evidence of evaluative approaches, methods and outcomes of communication programmes and rural communication services. It also provides clear indications about the need to build