Good practices in communication for rural development

This section showcases relevant examples of ComDev initiatives, strategies and projects developed in support of agriculture and rural development in Asia and Pacific. Search by theme to see what contribution participatory communication methods and media can give to: agriculture, climate adaptation, disaster resilience, food security and nutrition, gender equality and natural resources management. 


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Good Practices by Theme
Agriculture & Family Farming
Digital Green is an Indian organization that promotes participatory video production to build farmers' capacity on sustainable agriculture and allied livelihood interventions. The use of information and communication technology is combined with social organization to broaden community participation and improve cost-effectiveness of existing agricultural extension services.
The FAO project “Enhancing Rural Communication Services for Agricultural Development through Community Rural Radio” encouraged the participation of agricultural stakeholders in Bangladesh at the national, upazila and village level and spearheaded the establishment of Krishi Radio, the first community rural radio of the country.
Vayalaga Vanoli is a community radio run by a federation of 4'500 farmersin Madurai District fo India. The radio staff collect ideas, suggestions and requests directly from farmers in the field and broadcast daily programmes on agriculture, animal husbandry, health, women and education.    
FAO pilot projects on Conservation Agriculture (CA) in China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea applied CA principles - minimal soil disturbance, permanent soil cover and crop rotations - in eastern Asian diversified cropping systems for both upland crops and lowland rice areas. This proved the validity of CA under different agro-ecological conditions as a way to combine profitable agricultural production with environmental concerns.    
Krishi Radio 105 MHz, established in August, 2009 is the first agricultural radio in Nepal. Krishi Radio primarily focuses on technology adoption and marketing in the Dhading district of Nepal.
Climate Change Adaptation
A pilot project in Eastern Terai of Nepal conducted a three-day video production training, to provide local women with the technical skills and confidence to document their experiences and report on the effects of climate change on their livelihoods.
The "Livelihood Adaptation to Climate Change Project" (LACC) integrated communication for development in Climate Field Schools to promote community-based adaptation strategies among farmers in drought prone and saline coastal regions of Bangladesh.
The initiative "Communities Mitigating Drought through Social Mobilization" addressed the needs of village communities adjoining the Knuckles Mountain Forest in Sri Lanka through community-based participatory risk assessment and helped improve and diversify their livelihoods reducing the risk of drought and landslides.
Farmers in four areas of Vietnam and Lao PDR have been involved since February 2012 in evaluating climate change adaptation priorities and costs through the Participatory Social Return on Investment (PSROI) project for climate change adaptation planning and costing in the greater Mekong Basin.
Disaster Risk Management
The Jaringan Informasi Lingkar Merapi (JALIN Merapi) is an information network active around the Mount Merapi volcano in Indonesia. During the 2010 eruption it was able to effectively deal with the rescue and emergency response using ICTs and an effective team of volunteers mobilized through community radios in the affected area.
From an emergency radio network established weeks after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the Aceh Nias Reconstruction Radio Network (ARRNet) in Indonesia has grown to include 46 community radio stations in Aceh and North Sumatra committed to community-based rehabilitation and reconstruction.     
Radio Bakdaw is a short-term station that was established by Internews in the Guiuan region, Eastern Samar, Philippines. The radio has been broadcasting humanitarian information since November 2013, soon after typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda hit the country, helping to bridge the gap between affected communities and aid providers.
Food and Nutrition Security
The "Household Food Security for Nutrition Improvement Project" in Vietnam integrated nutrition education with the introduction of small-scale agricultural technology to food-insecure households with malnourished children. The strategy was to give trainings for the setting up of low-cost and simple home gardens as well as providing small grants to selected households.
Gender Equality
FemLINKPacific’s rural women’s media network comprises of a team of dedicated community media and correspondents who are equipped with media equipment and resources to convene rural network activities including consultations and radio programme productions to enable rural women to raise their critical issues of concern, which are linked together in a human security framework as part of a variety of media and policy advocacy initiatives.
Through capacity development workshops, introducing the AMARC Gender Policy for Community Radio and sharing the examples of women-led initiatives in other Asia Pacific countries, the project "Empowering Women Through Community Radio" was able to promote gender equality and ensure greater women’s participation in the governance and management of community radio stations.
Radio Sangham was the first station in Asia to be completely owned, managed and operated by women from marginalized rural communities. It provides a platform for Dalit and other low cast women to voice the perspectives and needs of vulnerable communities.        
Natural Resources Management
"Adaptive Learning and Linkages in Community-Based Natural Resource Management (ALL in CBNRM)" was a collaborative program aimed at capacity building and networking in Southeast Asia. Using participatory development approaches the participants were able to share and adapt their knowledge and experiences in community-based NRM.
Kakadu National Park is managed by a board established in 1989, shared between Parks Australia and an Aboriginal majority representing the traditional owners. The management plan was developed through multi-stakeholder consultations to bring traditional expertise and indigenous knowledge into the adaptation strategy.
Radio Bario is an indigenous radio broadcasting in the highlands of Malaysia's Sarawak Province. It serves as a channel to address social exclusion, encourage cultural and linguistic sustainability and increase development opportunities for the marginalized rural communities of the Kelabit people.
"Raising Community Concerns to a National Audience in Pakistan" was a joint effort of Panos, civil society organizations and local and national media together with the people of the Manchar Lake. Affected by pollution from a government-led land draining project, the local fishing and farming communities succeded to bring the community's concern about their environment, livelihood and health to the national agenda.