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Agricultural Information Sources of Rural Farmers: Evidence from Pakistan

Farmers have been utilizing several sources of information for their agricultural-related needs. Among those are neighbor-friend-relatives, self-experience, media (print and/or electronic), and the likes. In Pakistan, a study was conducted to assess which source of information is preferred the most by the rural farmers in the area. Results showed that the top/major source of agricultural information utilized by the rural people in Pakistan is neighbor-friend-relatives. This reflects that farmers, among themselves, help

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Food and Agriculture Organization and Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development sign Memorandum of Understanding

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) once again signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last 20 January 2023.  To date, this is the third MoU forged between FAO and AFA which formalizes their continuous collaboration in advancing family farming by promoting the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) and contributing to the achievement of its goals and objectives.  Mr.

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IAMCR, FAO offer Rural Communication Services Research Awards

In cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) IAMCR, is offering four awards of 2,500 USD to authors of papers that advance our understanding of applications of “rural communication services” particularly in the areas of agriculture, family farming, natural resource management, climate change adaptation, food security, and disaster risk reduction and management. Special attention will be given to papers that consider elements such as: participatory

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Filipino Farmers & AEWs benefit on ICTs for Rice Technologies

Information and Communication technologies (ICTs) enhance information flow and facilitate delivery of ICT-based agricultural extension for sustainable development.  ICTs for rice technologies that are accessible through the internet and mobile phone benefits farmers and agricultural extension workers as well. In the Philippines, such ICTs for rice technologies accessible through the internet and mobile phones example are the Pinoy Rice Knowledge Bank, with the Palay Check and the Nutrient Manager for

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ComDev Asia presents 2022 Accomplishments to SC Members

ComDev Asia held a meeting with its Steering Committee members last 13 December 2022 to present updates on the implementation of the 2022 Participatory Communication Plan (PCP) and identify ways forward for 2023. It was attended by Dr. Maria Stella Tirol, Assistant Professor Rosa Plipinas Francisco, and Ms. Zane Andrei Cortez from the UPLB College of Development Communication; Dr. Mario Acunzo, Ms. Silvia San Marco, and Ms. Sophie Treinen from

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CCComDev Webinar on Rural Communication Services

The Collaborative Change Communication for Rural Development (CCComDev), an initiative facilitated by the UPLB-College of Development Communication, invites you to the CCComDev Webinar on Rural Communication Services on 16 December 2022, 7:00 PM Manila time, via Zoom. Co-convened by the IAMCR-Rural Communication Working Group, the webinar features speakers and panel from the University of Guelph, University of the Philippines Los Baños, University of Reading, University of Queensland, Comunica, and FAO.

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ComDev Asia conducts Training on Participatory Video Production and Sharing

Participatory video plays an integral role in promoting community development. It can be used as an interactive and inspirational media engaging both audio and visual senses and it can channel both actions and dialogues. Therefore, it can be more engaging and effective, and it can convey key messages that can be easily comprehended by the audience (FAO & Digital Green, 2022). With this nature of participatory video, it can be

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Coop-to-coop model benefits Filipino family farmers and cooperative members

When the Philippine Family Farmers’ Agriculture Fishery Forestry Cooperatives Federation or AgriCOOPh started their Coops4Food Program in 2020, they developed a coop-to-coop model linking producers’ cooperatives with consumers’ cooperatives, organizations, and community associations. This model allows more consumers to efficiently access fresh food products from producers’ cooperatives, which in turn could lead to better food choices and diet. Through the coop-to-coop model, AgriCOOPh participates in bidding for agricultural products or accepting

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Community Radios Forge Partnerships with Family Farmers

Seventy-four percent of the world’s family farmers are located in the Asia-Pacific region, including small-scale farmers, fisher folks, and livestock producers. Small-scale food producers, farmers, forest producers, fisher folks, and herders produce 80 percent of the region’s food. According to Pierre Ferrand, Agriculture Officer and Regional Focal Point for the UN Decade of Family Farming of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Asia Pacific, “It is impossible to

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FAO RAP, SEARCA conduct Public Policy Cycles for Family Farming

Eighteen individuals representing seven Southeast Asian countries are learning how to develop and advance inclusive, integrated, and innovative public policies for family farming at the headquarters of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Studies and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines on 7-11 November 2022. They are participants in the regional workshop Southeast Asian Learning Framework on Inclusive, Integrated, and Innovative Public Policy Cycles for Family Farming advanced

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