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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,

UN launched Global Action Plan for Decade of Family Farming

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2019-2028 as the UN Decade of Family Farming. The UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) aims to provide an enabling environment for family farmers to be an enabler of change and development, particularly in their contributions to global food and nutrition security. Through a Global Action Plan, the UNDFF provides a holistic guide for the international community to conduct a collective, coherent, and well-coordinated

FAO launches UN Decade of Family Farming

The United Nations Decade of Family Farming was officially launched last May 29 at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome. The launch was co-organized by FAO and the International Fund For Agricultural Development, with preceding activities such as farmers’ knowledge exchange sessions and regional dialogues on priorities for the implementation of the Decade last May 27-28. Family farming stakeholders– such as public and private sectors, government units,

Participatory Theater as a Science Communication Tool in Timor Leste

This study explored the potential of Participatory theater as a tool for disseminating new agricultural knowledge among subsistence farmers in Timor Leste. The aim of the trial was to provide information on improved seed varieties and appropriate agronomic practices to maximize their yield among rural communities where rates of adult illiteracy are high and the reach of mass media forms of communication is low. The initial pilot involved a theater

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