There is growing consensus on communication and community media as drivers for social change in rural areas: they facilitate access to timely information for improved agricultural production and, above all, they encourage farmer participation in the rural development process.
To help propel family farmers’ voices forward, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) will host a series of virtual consultations open to development practitioners, information and communication specialists, community media practitioners, rural development agencies and the private sector alike.
The participatory discussions will focus on “Communication for Development, community media and ICTs for family farming and rural development”.
The participatory discussion will include three regional virtual consultations to be held simultaneously on the online platforms of Onda Rural for Latin America, YenKasa for Africa and ComDev Asia for Asia and the Pacific from 25 August to 12 September 2014, and one global online consultation, to be hosted on e-Agriculture.org from 22 September to 6 October 2014.
During the three regional consultations, participants will be invited to share their perspectives focusing on their region, while during the global consultation , e-Agriculture community members and all interested contributors will be encouraged to discuss and complement the outcomes of the regional consultations.
All the inputs collected during the participatory discussion will inform the Forum on Communication for Development & Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM), to be held within the framework of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), from 23 to 24 October 2014 in Rome, Italy. The FCCM will identify opportunities, policy options and strategic initiatives to promote rural communication services in support of family farming and rural development.
All the members of e-Agriculture Community of Practice are invited and encouraged to participate to “Communication for Development, community media and ICTs for family farming and rural development” consultations.