Rural Communication (RCS)

Rural Communication Services: Contributions, Evidence, and Perspectives

Supporting dialogic communication and knowledge sharing processes is a powerful means of helping farmer organizations, indigenous peoples, rural communities and civil society organizations to make their voices heard and be part of the development agenda. Rural communication services and policies can translate farmers’ right to communication into fair and transparent regulatory frameworks that will allow equitable access to information and communication services in rural areas and ensure the active participation

Mobile GAP Assessment System: New technology for family farms involved in QA schemes in Thailand

The Mobile GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) Assessment System is designed as a tool for farmers and Certification Body (CB) officers to list farm activities and newly adopted techniques which will later be assessed following the certification procedures. This works on both mobile devices such as mobile phones, tablets with Android OS and also can work on notebooks and PCs. In 2013, a pilot project was launched in Samkha village in the northern region in Thailand that was successful.

e-Krishok: A 360-degree ICT- enabled solution to empower farmers in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Institute for ICT in Development (BIID) service basket, e-Krishok is the concept of integrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a 360-degree solution in agriculture: from pre-production to post-production levels.  BIID’s e-Krishok provides a 360-degree solution in agriculture which includes extension to market linkage to information to online trading. BIID’s flagship initiative consisting of different service components such as the information repository (www.ekrishok.com) including fact sheets, short code 16250,

Enhancing communications in developing countries using SMS technology in Cambodia

The general objective of the project was to investigate the feasibility and viability of establishing an electronic marketing communication system (EMCS) using SMS technology to facilitate communication and exchange between farmers and traders in remote regions of Cambodia. The key participants in this project were farmers, traders, government agencies and researchers. The EMCS was intended to be a vehicle for providing improved market information and hence lead to better decision-making.

ComDevAsia and AFA explores institutional partnership in agri and rural dev’t

The Communication for Rural Development in Asia and the Pacific (ComDevAsia) and the Asian Farmer’s Association for Rural Development (AFA) expressed their willingness to collaborate in knowledge sharing and documenting good practices in agricultural and rural development. Last Aug. 22, 2019, the CCComDev-ComDevAsia team lead by its program leader, Dr. Maria Stella C. Tirol, visited AFA Main Office in Manila to discuss about the initiative and identify potential areas for

FAO/FFF organizes Vietnam ComDev mission

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) organized a mission to enhance communication for development in Vietnam last August 10-19, 2019. They sent felegates from the University of the Philippines College of Development Communication (UPLB-CDC) to conduct a training workshop on FFF ComDev. UPLB-CDC Dean Dr. Maria Stella Tirol and Dr. Edmund Centeno conducted the training workshop, which was primarily a capacity building activity