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Listening to the stories of African forest producers

FFFkenyaWritten by Marzia Pafumi, FAO 

Federations of tree growers and forest producers are on the rise in Africa. They help smallholders in dealing with tenure arrangements, accessing markets and financial services, getting quality extension and capacity development support. To be effective, they need to be able to access and share relevant information, but also to articulate members' views and dialogue with governments to influence policy formulation.

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Discussing communication and family farming at WRF conference

WRFasianfarmersWritten by Joseba Imaz, World Rural Forum

Gains in political commitment around Family Farming were one of the most notable results of the International Year of Family Farming IYFF-2014. Not just because of reaping results in the form of numerous laws, programs and other specific public policy improvements, but also because of the spirit of collaboration and understanding generated among different entities, institutions and organizations.

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Forum on Communication and Community Media for Sustainable Rural Development - Accra, 13 August 2015

GuineRadioInterviewWritten by Francesco Diasio, AMARC and Mario Acunzo, FAO

From August 10th to 14th 2015, the 11th World Conference of AMARC will take place in Accra. Hosted by the Ghana Community Radio Network (GCRN), the conference will address the theme “Community Radio: reframing and reconciling a world of dualities” and will be an opportunity to celebrate community radio, while strengthening its capacity to thrive in Africa.

The Forum on Communication and Community Media for Sustainable Rural Development will be one of the official events on August 13, 2015. 

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Communication challenges in delivery and adoption of Saline Tolerant Rice Variety in Bangladesh

riceWritten by Mohummad Kamrul Hassan and Cleofe Torres, College of Development Communication UPLB

In Bangladesh, despite inadequacies in resources, the rural communication services (RCS)1 provided by the government agricultural extension office remain the most accessed and trusted sources of information on saline tolerant rice variety (STRV) among farmers in Amtali, Barguna district, Barisal. Public extension occupies a central position in the communication network of farmers.

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