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Better policies, greater potential for RCS!

AliceWritten by Alice van der Elstraeten, e-Agriculture

Is everyone fully aware of the potential offered by rural communication services (RCS) for agricultural and rural development? Are ministries of agriculture, planning and telecommunications aware of what is already done and what could be possible?

We know that effective policymaking is fundamental to the development of inclusive, affordable and evidence-based strategies to improve rural communication services.

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ICTs: A boon or a bane for family farming?

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Written by Cleofe Torres, College of Development Communication UPLB

Are ICTs a boon or a bane in family farming? This was the question that emerged in the virtual discussions conducted in Asia, Africa, Latin America and at the global level in the last quarter of 2014.

Majority of the discussants brought out the benefits of ICTs to family farming on two aspects: technical and social.

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Academia conducts evaluation study of rural communication services

12074vw280Written by Cleofe Torres, College of Development Communication UPLB

A global desk study on evidence-based applications of ComDev, community media and ICTs in rural development is now on-going. In line with the five priority areas of action agreed upon by the participants to the Forum on Communication and Community Media for Family Farming (Rome, 23-24 October 2014), this joint research initiative is promoted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and a group of leading Universities in the field of rural communication. 

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Time to act now!

FCCM partnersThe organizations that participated in the Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM) last October have teamed up to create a permanent FCCM Working Group.

The group will leverage on ongoing activities and collaborations in order to boost rural communication services (RCS) that can respond in a sustained and inclusive manner to the communication needs of family farmers and rural communities. 

To this end, the FCCM Working Group identified 5 strategic areas of work:

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