AMARC Launches ComDev Asia Initiative

on 19 July 2017. Posted in News from the region

comdev asia initiativeIn an effort to advance resilient family farming in the Asia-Pacific region, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters-Asia-Pacific (AMARC-AP) ventures into its ComDev Asia Initiative starting this mid year. The initiative aims to support ongoing development programs, rural institutions, and rural communities; enhance local capacities in communication for development; and foster partnerships with regional actors, farmer organizations, community media, universities, and governments.

ComDev Asia has lined up activities around three areas to pursue its objectives: support to communication strategies and services, operation and maintenance of a regional platform, and promotion of rural communication policies and programs.

Specifically, the initiative will provide capacity building on ComDev in the context of the prevailing development programs in the region. The latter focuses on at least four general concerns: disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation; strengthening farmer organizations and rural institutions; rural livelihood and access to markets; and sustainable natural resource management. These were identified during the regional training on ComDev planning held in Bangkok, Thailand late last year among development officers of FAO country offices in Asia and representatives of farmer and media organizations. 

ComDev Asia Initiative is a collaborative undertaking among AMARC-AP, FAO, and the University of the Philippines Los Baños through its College of Development Communication. AMARC is a worldwide organization of rural radio broadcasters with regional offices in different parts of the world. AMARC-AP in Nepal with Suman Basnet and Prativa Chettri will coordinate the ComDev Asia Initiative.

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