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ComDev Asia holds Regional Forum on Rural Communication Services (RCS) for Family Farming

The Regional Forum on RCS for Family Farming in Asia and the Pacific was held last 28 June 2022. The event was attended by ComDev Asia partners from the Food and Agriculture Organization, Digital Green, Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development, Self Employed Women’s Association, as well as representatives from national government agencies.   The regional forum was meant to provide a platform for the discussion of recommendations for advancing

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SMS as an Inclusive Tool in Knowledge Sharing in Agriculture in the Philippines

Knowledge sharing is considered one of the essential practices for agricultural development. Farmers have to be aware of the latest agricultural information to make sure they can address farm issues such as pests and diseases and utilize the existing innovations to maximize their production. There are already a lot of established systems to ensure this, such as social media, websites, mobile applications, and radio programs. However, farmers face challenges with

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Indonesia is Taking a Big Step on Family Farming

Last May 17, 2022, a hybrid workshop titled “Multi-Stakeholder Discussion on Family Farming National Action Plan and Strategic Activities” was conducted in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Almost 100 individuals from various farmers’ organizations and government agencies participated. Included here are Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture, National Food Agency (Bapangnas), and National Planning Agency (Bappenas). Led by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), they

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Empowering Communities and Addressing Farming Challenges through Cooperatives in Vietnam

Yen Duong commune, in the southern part of Ba Be district in the Bac Kan province of Vietnam, is about 10 kilometers away from the district center. It is composed of 9 villages with 630 households, of which almost 3% of the total population belongs to the 4 ethnic groups including Tay, Nung, Dao, and Kinh. Yen Duong Cooperative, established in June 2018 with 7 members, was formed on the

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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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Enhancing RCS Effectivity through Youth Participation in the Philippines

The issue of logistics in agricultural extension work, where officers have to back and forth from their office to the farms they are working with, is a common issue in the sector. Even with the existence of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) like mobile phones, which are expected to make the extension work efficiently, there is still a rising problem: farmers’ lack of access and literacy to use it.  The

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Twitter as an Information Service System for Rural Communities in Sri Lanka

Farmers have widely used mobile-based information service systems to address challenges they face and keep up with the latest developments in the sector. The study of Wijerathna et al. (2020) provides another perspective on how Twitter, a mainstream online microblogging platform, can serve as a Short Message Service (SMS) system for rural communities in the case of Ipalogama Vidatha Resource Centre in Sri Lanka. Its findings saw that the Twitter-based

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UN Decade of Family Farming: Progress Made in the Asia & Pacific Region

In Asia Pacific Region, three countries have approved their Family Farming NAP as part of the UNDFF: Indonesia, Nepal and The Philippines. Furthermore, starting from 2021, Bangladesh has also been taken significant steps towards the development of the NAP, whereas in India, Laos, Cambodia and Japan progress is being made in mobilising actors to implement the UNDFF at the national level. From a regional standpoint, the South Asian Association for

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Women Ensuring Food Security and Nutrition: Forgotten Foods Cooking Contest

In celebration of the International Women’s Day last March 8, the consortium Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and La Via Campesina (LVC) invites female members of the farmers’ organizations under the Asia-Pacific Farmers Program (APFP) and Farmers Organizations for Asia (FO4A) to join the “Women Ensuring Food Security and Nutrition: Forgotten Foods Cooking Contest”. In this cooking contest, the challenge is to prepare native dishes that will

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