"Now, more than ever, communication and community media are drivers for social change in rural areas, facilitating access to timely information for improved agricultural production and above all, encouraging farmer participation in the rural development process."
In the framework of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is collaborating with the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) on the Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM), which is set to take place in Rome, Italy from October 23-24 2014. The main objective of the FCCM is to demonstrate and showcase the importance of communication for development (ComDev) as a catalyst and enabler of innovation and participation by family farmers.
In preparation for the FCCM, a series of virtual consultations titled "Communication for Development, community media and ICTs [information and communication technologies] for family farming and rural development" started August 25 and will continue until September 12 so that different regional and sector perspectives may be collected. The online discussions are facilitated by the joint FAO-AMARC platforms Onda Rural in Latin America, YenKasa Africa, and ComDev Asia.
As a result of this consultative process, a compilation on needs and opportunities regarding the integration of rural communication services in rural development and regional family farming policies will be prepared and presented at the FCCM.
In addition, a global consultation on the topic will take place on the E-agriculture platform from September 22 to October 6 to foster discussion and complement the outcomes of the regional consultations.
For all additional information and to find out how to participate, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Organisers will also be sharing information on Twitter: @FAOcomdev, @AMARCnews and @cccomdev
Email from FAO's ComDev Team to The Communication Initiative on August 25 2014. Image credit: Food and Agriculture Organization