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 El Foro Regional de Comunicación para la Agricultura Familiar y el Desarrollo Rural Sostenible se realizó en Quito, Ecuador, del 7 al 8 de noviembre 2016. El Foro fue organizado por el Centro Internacional de Estudios Superiores de Comunicación para América Latina (CIESPAL), junto con la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) y la Reunión Especializada en Agricultura Familiar del Mercosur (REAF), con la colaboración de la Asociación Mundial de Radios Comunitarias (AMARC).
Con el objetivo de impulsar la agenda política en comunicación para la agricultura familiar y el desarrollo rural sostenible, los participantes del Foro aprobaron una serie de recomendaciones y generaron propuestas de acciones conjuntas en apoyo a los servicios inclusivos de comunicación rural en América Latina y el Caribe.
 This policy document summarizes key observations and recommendations for policymakers made during the 24th e-Agriculture online forum, which took place from 22 September to 6 October 2014. The e-Agriculture Community of Practice organized the forum, as part of a series of virtual consultations and face-to-face participatory discussions on the theme:“Communication for Development, community media and ICTs for family farming and rural development,” organized by FAO and AMARC.
 This report synthesizes the experiences shared by over 150 participants in a virtual consultation on the potential and role of communication applied to issues such as climate change, natural resource management, risk reduction and food security, with a special focus on the Latin American context. The virtual consultation, held in June-July 2008, was organised by the FAO Communication for Sustainable Development Initiative (CSDI), in collaboration with Onda Rural, the World Association of Community Radios for Latin America and the Caribbean (AMARC ALC), the Latin-American Association of Radial Education (ALER), and the Communication for Development Platform of Central America and Mexico.
The discussion highlighted the role of ComDev in strengthening capacities of rural communities and vulnerable people to cope with the adverse effects and challenges derived by climate change.
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CSDI specialists shared their field experiences and discussed findings on good practices in the use of ComDev for CBA. Lessons learned show that ComDev in CBA can: facilitate participatory research and horizontal knowledge sharing; improve the quality of advisory services for technology innovation; enhance adaptation processes and disaster risk management; bridge the gap between global environment information and local communities' knowledge; strengthen policy dialogue between institutions and small farmers.
These proceedings contain the wealth of knowledge included in the presentations, panel sessions, and plenary discussions that took place in Rome, which were organized around three major thematic areas: health, governance, and sustainable development.
The paper explores the roles that information and communication processes play in all of the key elements that foster development: equitable and inclusive political processes; accountable national and international governance processes; support to dynamic civil society; inclusive economic growth, sustainable livelihoods and transparent, efficient markets. It also suggests an agenda for action by policymakers, development experts, international organisations, NGOs and the private sector (including the media).