The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), and the Asian Farmers’ Association For Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) are inviting farmers’ organizations, the academe, civil-society organizations, and research institutions to join virtual regional policy forum entitled, “Developing Public Policies for Family Farming: Reaching Out to the Grassroots through Participatory Policy Making” on April 27, 8AM (ICT)/ 9AM (Manila Time). This online event aims to provide
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Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has the power to improve the socio-economic condition of communities, especially in developing countries like Bangladesh. As an agricultural nation, agricultural information is to improve the productivity and quality of life. However, in the 2018 study of Khalak et al., issues on access and affordability remained to be a major roadblock for farmers to capitalize the benefits of ICT-based media in accessing agricultural information. This
The Asia-Pacific Farmers’ Program invites young farmers to send an open letter to policymakers in the agriculture sector in your country discussing the issues you are dealing with in agriculture and including your recommendations for possible solutions to these challenges. WHO CAN JOIN • Young farmers (15 to 35 years old) • Must be a member of any of the farmers’ groups within the AFOSP-APFP partners (as certified by NFO
(This article is originally published by FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific) Global fisheries and aquaculture have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and could face further disruption in 2021 as lockdowns affect supply and demand across the sector, according to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The report, The impact of COVID-19 on fisheries and aquaculture food systems, was featured during
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is co-organizing an international event entitled, “Implementing the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) to face COVID-19 and achieve resilient and sustainable food systems” on February 10, 3:00 to 14:15 (CET). The event will recognize the UNDFF as a framework for countries to develop public policies and investments to support family farming from a holistic perspective, thus contributing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
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
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.
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
(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 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).