Louise Villanueva

Dept. of Agriculture PH commits to family farmers through the Philippine Action Plan for Family Farming

Prior to the end of his term as Department of Agriculture chief, former Secretary William Dar launched the Philippine Action Plan for Family Farming (PAP4FF), with the goal of “Masaganang Ani, Mataas na Kita, at Marangal na Buhay ng Pamilyang Magsasaka” or “Abundant Harvest, High Incomes, and Dignified Life of Family Farmers.” According to former Secretary Dar, the action plan emphasizes the whole-of-nation approach to strengthening family farming through innovation,

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Radio Program: Family Farmers’ Organizations Promote Sustainable Food Systems in Asia

As part of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming Regional Awareness Radio Campaign that started in 2021, AMARC Asia-Pacific recently produced a report on the roles of family farmers’ organizations (FFOs) in promoting sustainable food systems in Asia. With reports from Bangladesh, Nepal, the Philippines, India, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia, it is said that FFOs help farmers access resources and reach larger markets effectively and efficiently. Through FFOs, production

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Farmers in Odisha use radio as main source of agricultural information

Despite the abundance of mobile phones and increased internet penetration, a survey among farmers from Odisha, India, found that the radio was still the primary source of general agricultural information. One hundred and twenty farmers participated in the said survey. It was conducted by Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal. The farmers were of middle age, between 41 to 50 years old. Majority owned between 0.51 to 1 hectare of land

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Regional Forum on RCS in AP Region to be held 28 June

The Regional Forum on Advancing Rural Communication Services (RCS) for Family Farming in Asia and the Pacific  will be held on 28 June 2022, 5:30 pm, via Zoom. The Regional Forum aims at engaging key stakeholders in the discussion on trends, experiences and appropriation of RCS  for family farming and how to promote RCS in the region as part of the UNDFF process.  The Regional Forum is a part of

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Fewer women farmers relied on ICTs for agricultural information in Uttarakhand

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) and women empowerment are two central topics in agriculture. ICTs have been studied in the agricultural context as these are conduits of accurate and timely knowledge that could improve agricultural practices. Meanwhile, focus on women farmers in agriculture has been evident, proving their critical role and participation in the industry. Recognizing the importance of both ICTs and women farmers, scholars Jha and Kashyap (2022) conducted

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Farmers in Vietnam, Indonesia, and Myanmar adopt digital technologies based on performance, ease of use, and peer review

While digital technologies could enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of farming activities, the Grow Asia report in 2019 still showed that farmers’ adoption of digital technologies remained low across Southeast Asia. In their interviews with 100 farmers from Vietnam, Indonesia, and Myanmar, the Grow Asia team found that farmers would only decide to adopt a technology based on performance, ease of use, and reviews from fellow farmers. Farmers also moved

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Age and level of education, determinants of social media use among farmers in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Agriculturists and extension workers have been exploring how to harness the use of social media for agriculture. However, social media adoption among farmers in developing nations remains to be a challenge. A survey among 365 farmers in Chiang Mai, Thailand, revealed that only 66 respondents had adopted social media. Furthermore, only 8 out of the 66 respondents relied on social media for agriculture-related information. For 25 out of the 66,

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Radio+ increased mobilization of agricultural knowledge in Sri Lanka

Media use in agriculture is an area of interest among sector members. In Sri Lanka, a group composed of staff from Rangiri Radio, Department of Export Agriculture, Wayamba University and LIRNEAsia, and researchers from the University of Alberta and the University of Guelph in Canada aimed to know the affordances of adopting radio+ (broadcast radio combined with information and communication technologies). Specifically, the group wanted to explore radio+ as a

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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

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fisherfolk

The increasing threats of climate change prompted the scholars from the University of Putra Malaysia to investigate the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in climate resilience for fisheries and aquaculture. In particular, they sought to determine the access, use, and preference of ICTs for disaster preparation, risk management and reduction among Malaysian fisherfolk. The scholars conducted a cross-sectional survey in the Malaysian coastal states of Terengganu, Pahang and

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