At the FCCM, participate and have your say!

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in partnership with the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), is hosting an international Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM) on October 23-24th, 2014.

Findings gathered from the FAO-AMARC joint effort on “Communication for Development, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming and Rural Development” which was carried out in Asia, Africa and Latin America will be presented.

Since reliable communication tools for their communities are unsteady, radio serves as the most reliable medium for crucial family farming community communication. According to FAO, family farming community success and resilience lie in:

  1. Access to agricultural knowledge and information - timely access to up-to-date and reliable information is fundamental for farmers as they try to better understand, adapt and respond.

  2. Social learning - family farmers need communication resources and suitable channels to share experiences, learn from each other and coordinate strategies with their partners.

  3. Engagement in policy dialogue - family farmers must participate in policy-making processes to express their concerns, articulate their demands and make their voices count.

FFCM hopes to gather vital feedback from rural stakeholders, such as farming organizations, rural institutions, development agencies, civil society, indigenous peoples, academia, community media and communication networks. Throughout four sessions and via an interactive format, the FCCM will cover and discuss the following themes:

  1. The contribution of communication for development to family farming and rural development

  2. The appropriation of communication by rural actors: experiences and evidences

  3. Reconciling the priorities: the need for communication policies to advance family farming

  4. Challenges, opportunities and options for rural communication services: Strategic initiatives for promoting rural communication services

Come join us and have your say!