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Youth and agriculture: the Infomediary Campaign in the Philippines

infomediary1Written by Jaime Manalo, PhilRice Philippines

The massive youth exodus from agricultural communities poses a threat on the scarcity of future food producers. The Infomediary Campaign in the Philippines tries to address this issue by engaging young people to become infomediaries or information providers in their rice farming community.

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Capacity development: a priority in FCCM agenda

trainingWritten by Cleofe Torres, College of Development Communication UPLB

Strengthening ComDev capacity of rural actors is one of the FCCM priority areas for action, which runs through all regions in the world. ComDev is seen as a mechanism that can help bring about awareness, sensitization, behaviour change and enhanced capacity in areas related both to family farming and rural development in general.

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Community radios give voice to family farmers

InternewsEurope AkioIdow KenyaStarFMWritten by Karine Poirier, AMARC International

A little more than a year ago, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)joined forces on the occasion of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) to implement a series of awareness campaigns on family farming and related themes to support rural development and the eradication of hunger.

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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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