Rural Communication (RCS)

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

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

CSA shows potential to help women farmers in Nepal

A research study led by agricultural economist Arun Khatri-Chhetri found that climate-smart agriculture (CSA) technologies and practices could potentially reduce the burden of labor among women farmers in climate-risk and poverty hotspots in Nepal. These CSA technologies included zero tillage machines, weeders, and solar pump irrigation. Sound post-harvest management and practices such as direct seeding of rice, laser land leveling, and green manuring were also critical to labor burden reduction.

Bangladesh: Desk Study of Extension and Advisory Services

In an effort to raise incomes and increase resilience of smallholder farmers and their families in Feed the Future countries, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded the Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) project. This project is led by Digital Green in partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), CARE International (CARE) and multiple resource partners. DLEC will work with country stakeholders and USAID missions to

AMARC AP released PSA guidelines for CR campaign against COVID-19

AMARC Asia Pacific launches the “Community Radio Campaign against COVID-19” to complement the initiatives of community radios across the region. As part of this campaign, AMARC-AP has released guidelines in writing Public Service Announcement (PSA) to promote awareness and disseminate credible information about COVID-19 to the public. The Campaign website has made available scripts of public service announcements (PSA) that can be translated and broadcast by local broadcasters. Two types

COVID-19: How Community Radios Broadcasting Coronavirus Education

To respond to the growing COVID-19 problem, eighteen Bangladeshi Community Radio Broadcasters have started broadcasting a program on Coronavirus Education. The program focuses on rural people and the precautionary measures needed to prevent infection. Bangladesh’s Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has been mobilizing all community radios towards setting their programming to promote awareness on COVID-19.