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Farming for the future

Communication efforts to advance family farming








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    Rural Communication Services for Family Farming: Contributions, Evidence and Perspectives
    Results of the Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM). Rome, Italy, 23-24 October 2014
    2016
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    Supporting dialogic communication and knowledge sharing processes is a powerful means of helping farmer organizations, indigenous peoples, rural communities and civil society organizations to make their voices heard and be part of the development agenda. Rural communication services and policies can translate farmers’ right to communication into fair and transparent regulatory frameworks that will allow equitable access to information and communication services in rural areas and ensure the acti ve participation of smallholder and family farmers. During the International Year of Family Farming, FAO convened an international Forum on Communication for Development & Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM), in collaboration with the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC). The Forum participants addressed opportunities for promoting rural communication services as sustained, inclusive and efficient communication processes involving family farmers and the rural populatio n, and considered how to better integrate these services into agricultural policies.
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    Communication for Rural Development
    Guidelines for planning and project formulation
    2014
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    Communication for Development (ComDev) is a participatory approach that integrates community media, low-cost ICTs, mobile phones and other communication tools to facilitate access to information, knowledge sharing and social dialogue. Well- planned and managed ComDev activities are crucial to ensure stakeholder engagement, and should be considered in project design, in order to enhance impact and ownership of rural development initiatives. The Communication for Rural Development Guidelines for P lanning and Project Formulation provide development planners with practical orientation on how to plan and monitor ComDev activities as part of the project cycle, so that overall effectiveness and sustainability may be improved. Les Lignes directrices de communication pour le développement rural pour la planification et l’élaboration de projets donnent aux planificateurs du développement une orientation pratique pour la programmation et le suivi des activités de ComDev en tant que partie intégra nte du cycle de projet, pour que l’efficacité et la durabilité globales puissent être améliorées.
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    Dimitra Community Clubs - Promoting collective action through a gender-transformative approach 2019
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    Poverty is multidimensional and should, therefore, not be viewed solely from an income perspective, but as a combination of challenges that affect people’s wellbeing. Poor people often do not have a voice, an influence on decision-making, or an active role in the community. Addressing the non-economic dimensions of poverty and food insecurity is essential to overcoming the barriers that perpetuate social exclusion and gender inequalities. In response, FAO has developed Dimitra Clubs, which are being used as a successful model in sub-Saharan Africa to ensure rural people can actively participate in society and influence decision-making. The model helps to empower people through community mobilization, dialogue, the use of information and communications technology (ICT), collective action and self-help activities to improve livelihoods and gender equality. Through extension work and the use of radio clubs and digital technologies, communities are empowered with knowledge and skills to participate in the development process. They also have access to innovative agricultural practices to help mitigate the effects of climate change, to promote new techniques in animal husbandry, to make better agricultural crop choices and to farm for better nutrition.

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