Asia-Pacific consultation on ComDev, community media & ICTs for family farming

on 07 August 2014. Posted in Events

FFNow, more than ever, communication, community media and ICTs are drivers for social change in rural areas, facilitating access to information and encouraging farmer participation in the rural development process. To raise family farmers’ voices, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) will be hosting a series of virtual consultations on their various regional platforms. For Asia and the Pacific the e-discussion will take place here on ComDev Asia.  

Main goals

  1. Showcase the contribution of ComDev, community media and ICTs to family farming in the Asia-Pacific region through concrete examples.
  2. Identify main trends, challenges and priorities for rural communication services in support of  family farming and rural development in Asia Pacific.
  3. Agree on a common agenda to promote and enhance collaboration in communication for rural development at the regional level.
The central theme will be the role of communication for development, community media and ICTs for family farming and rural development. Questions for discussion include:
  • What are the key issues related to family farming that require communication / community media/ ICT support?
  • In Asia and the Pacific what should be priority areas of action for ComDev in agriculture and rural development? 
  • What processes and methodologies can be applied to design demand driven and inclusive rural communication policies/services to advance family farming in your country/region?

From 25 August to 12 September 2014.

The e-discussions are open to all, including are open to development professionals, communication and community media practitioners, civil society organizations, rural development agencies, government representatives, scholars and private sector alike. 

The ComDev Asia platform will be a space to share perspectives, experiences and information. To participate in the e-discussion just register to the CCComDev community and join the group called "ComDev, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming and Rural Development in Asia Pacific".

The inputs from the discussion will inform a Forum on Communication for Development & Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM) that will be held in Rome, Italy, on 23-24 October, 2014 in the context of the International Year of Family Farming. In addition, a global consultation on the topic will be launched in September on the e-agriculture platform to discuss and complement the outcomes of the regional consultations.  


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We will also be sharing information on Twitter: @FAOcomdev @cccomdev and @AMARCnews