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"The goal of this article is to put forth the most critical considerations regarding cookstove adoption that were identified at a meeting of the Working Group to Address Increasing Adoption of Improved Cookstoves. The meeting was hosted by the environmental health project WASHplus (funded by the United States Agency for International...

Author: Sunit Bagree, Partnership for Child Development at Imperial College London, September 3 2014 - An innovative approach helps smallholder farmers and supports children’s education at the same time.

What does it take to get a child to attend school regularly and then learn effectively when there?

"Today more than ever smallholders and rural communities require access to information and communication to make their voices heard and change their lives for the better. Communication for Development [ComDev] facilitates dialogue and collaborative action, combining participatory methods with communication tools ranging from community media...

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Experiences

"Cambodian government information technology policy has encouraged the use of open source programs and the uncensored transmission of information, resulting in an energetic IT community that has produced Khmer Unicode and indigenized software. ODC continues this tradition."

To build capacity, raise awareness, and facilitate dialogue, Bangladesh's grassroots organisation Centre for Coastal Environmental Conservation (CCEC) held a training-based initiative geared to assist those whose livelihoods depend on the Sundarbans Reserved Forest (SRF), situated at the southern extremity of the Padma and Jamuna delta. One key...

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In January 2014, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations launched an awareness campaign to highlight 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF). Focusing on farmers' organisations and the rural population, the campaign is using community...

Launched in April 2013, the Strengthening Rural Youth Employment Opportunities in ICTs and Agriculture in Southern Africa (SOFIA) Project is working to strengthen rural youth employment opportunities in agriculture and information and communication technologies (ICTS). SOFIA is supporting youth training centres and young farmer groups to make...

Think.Eat.Save: Reduce Your Foodprint

This global campaign to change the culture of food waste was launched on January 22 2013 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and partner Messe Düsseldorf.

Sanitation Hackathon

The World Bank’s Sanitation Hackathon in 2012 was a year-long strategic process to help improve access to safe sanitation for 2.5 billion people through information and communication technology (ICT) software and apps. In a weekend of internet-based...

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Evaluations

This 57-page programme report shares the experience of using participatory video with farmers in six sub-Saharan countries - Angola, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, and Uganda. Five United Kingdom (UK)-based development agencies, with support from Comic Relief, partnered with local organisations to use participatory video to engage...

Alam Sehat Lestari

"Five years ago there were more than 100 people in my village doing illegal logging, now there are less than 10." Pak Bastarin, Village Headman

Gender Roles in Forest Management

"I have become convinced that the sustainability of forests depends fundamentally on better treatment of the people living in and around them. Half of those are women." - Carol J. Pierce Colfer

Women, Men and Forest Research

"The year 2011 was the International Year of the Forest, which witnessed growing interest globally in the links between people and forests. Some of that attention has been directed at women’s roles as well..."

"[H]ow do men and women access information about new practices and technologies that enable them to deal with their changing climate?"

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Materials

"Today more than ever smallholders and rural communities require access to information and communication to make their voices heard and change their lives for the better. Communication for Development [ComDev] facilitates dialogue and collaborative action, combining participatory methods with communication tools ranging from community media...

"Cambodian government information technology policy has encouraged the use of open source programs and the uncensored transmission of information, resulting in an energetic IT community that has produced Khmer Unicode and indigenized software. ODC continues this tradition."

"By analyzing first-hand accounts from administrators of emergency notification incident management systems, the behavior of end users and recipients of broadcasts, and expert insights from industry professionals such as Dr. Robert Chandler, author of Emergency Notification, one can glean the best practices behind the science of message mapping...

BBC Media Action

Climate Asia is a study of people’s experience of climate change in seven countries - Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Vietnam. It includes a data portal website on which to access survey data from over 33,500 people by country and by region, detailed reports of findings, research tools, and detailed information on data...

Agricultural Development in Latin

"Yet, the adoption of ICTs in agriculture cannot be expected by itself to reduce production asymmetries and enhance social inclusion. On the contrary, the dissemination of ICTs could indeed produce new gaps by replicating the sector’s historic disparities."

"[H]ow do men and women access information about new practices and technologies that enable them to deal with their changing climate?"

The short documentary ‘Taste the Waste of Water’ was launched at the World Water Week to highlight the issue of water and food waste. The film is produced by the award-winning filmmaker Valentin Thurn, Schnittstelle, Thurn GbR, Germany in collaboration with Stockholm...

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Digital

"Today more than ever smallholders and rural communities require access to information and communication to make their voices heard and change their lives for the better. Communication for Development [ComDev] facilitates dialogue and collaborative action, combining participatory methods with communication tools ranging from community media...

Nervious Siantombo

Author: Nervious Siantombo, August 5 2014 - Citizen participation is a critical element in the development of Zambia’s agriculture sector, which is the mainstay of the majority of the country’s population.

Lilian Kiefer

Author: Lilian Kiefer, Lusaka, Zambia, June 4 2014 - As the world commemorates the World Environment Day this Thursday, Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) is appealing to the government, civil society organisations, cooperating partners and other stakeholders to work with poor and marginalised communities to address the effects of...

"Cambodian government information technology policy has encouraged the use of open source programs and the uncensored transmission of information, resulting in an energetic IT community that has produced Khmer Unicode and indigenized software. ODC continues this tradition."

"By analyzing first-hand accounts from administrators of emergency notification incident management systems, the behavior of end users and recipients of broadcasts, and expert insights from industry professionals such as Dr. Robert Chandler, author of Emergency Notification, one can glean the best practices behind the science of message mapping...

Author: Dr. Arpita Sharma, February 20 2014:     Agriculture is the most important sector in developing countries, with the majority of the rural population depending on it. In our Indian scenario, it is said that the country lives in villages, which means that the farming and agriculture sector contributes to the GDP of the...

Below please find facts and trends related to agriculture and information and communication technologies (ICTs) that were provided by 4 young journalists who attended the International Conference on ICT4ag. This event was co-...

Writing in French, young journalist Alain Georges Lietbouo describes some of the trends that emerged from the International Conference on ICT4ag, which was co-hosted by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), November 4-8 2013, Kigali, Rwanda.

CREDITS: MKULIMA YOUNG

Author Sandra Margaret Chao, December 12 2013:       "Hi farmers, anyone with ideas on how to improve clay soil for farming?"

It is a post that has attracted about eight comments in the last ten hours since it was posted on the Facebook page Mkulima Young, where the advice ranges from soil techniques to better...

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Awards

 household-level Aloe vera cultivation and processing

The SEED Awards is an annual international competition, designed to support locally led, innovative, entrepreneurial partnerships in developing countries, which have the potential to make real improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability.

The SEED goal is to inspire, promote, and build capacity to support the many...

Research4Life Librarian Competition

Research4Life announces a competition to recognize the role of librarians and library staff in building the capacities of Research4Life users and in impacting the overall work of their institutions.  This competition is open to all librarians and library staff whose institution is a user of Research4Life Programmes -  Access to...

Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural Life Award

These prizes (US$1,000 each for individuals and US$3,000 for specific African women's organisations), awarded by the Women's World Summit Foundation (WWSF) - an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) working towards the empowerment of women and children - aim to honour creative and courageous women and women's groups around the world...

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Funding

 household-level Aloe vera cultivation and processing

The SEED Awards is an annual international competition, designed to support locally led, innovative, entrepreneurial partnerships in developing countries, which have the potential to make real improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability.

The SEED goal is to inspire, promote, and build capacity to support the many...

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Film and Video

This 57-page programme report shares the experience of using participatory video with farmers in six sub-Saharan countries - Angola, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, and Uganda. Five United Kingdom (UK)-based development agencies, with support from Comic Relief, partnered with local organisations to use participatory video to engage...

"ICT and agriculture have now found a home in each other and this is radically changing the face of a sector..."

BBC Media Action

Author: Rishika Das Roy, October 23 2013       Listening to people's everyday experiences is at the heart of the Climate Asia research project, the largest ever study into how people in seven Asian countries live and deal with climate change. So it was no surprise to me that last month I found myself in...

Think.Eat.Save: Reduce Your Foodprint

This global campaign to change the culture of food waste was launched on January 22 2013 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and partner Messe Düsseldorf.

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The toolkit, developed by FHI360 for USAID's Fostering Agriculture Competitiveness Employing Information Communication Technologies (FACET) project, is designed to be a starting place for practitioners who want to integrate videos into their work. It provides a framework on how to choose the right technology for the situation and how to plan...

Featured in New Agriculturist, this series of articles focuses on how information and communication technologies (ICTs) in developing countries are helping to increase the efficiency, productivity, and sustainability of smallscale farms, providing up-to-date information on prices, access to credit and training, and the ability to...

"Journalists can make an important contribution to debates over food and farming by helping to inform their audiences about not just the challenges, but also about the emergence of agro-ecology and its potential to make a difference."

"The large volume of messages and the tremendous enthusiasm with which people discussed the various issues highlights that the topic of agricultural innovation systems and their potential impact on family farming is currently of major interest."

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) and O Eco will provide fellowships for journalists to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Rio+20, on Sustainable Development, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The partners have funding to support approximately 15 journalists. The June 14 - 23 2012 fellowship will include journalism...

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Radio

Nervious Siantombo

Author: Nervious Siantombo, August 5 2014 - Citizen participation is a critical element in the development of Zambia’s agriculture sector, which is the mainstay of the majority of the country’s population.

"How do people in Pakistan live with climate change now? How will its impacts shape their future, and how will they, in turn, shape their environment? What are the most effective ways to support people to adapt to climate change, and how best can the media, governments, organisations and businesses communicate with them?"

Author: Delia Lloyd, June 13 2014 - When I was invited to speak on a panel at a UN conference on climate change in Bonn, Germany, I wasn't sure what to expect. I envisioned a large, dimly lit amphitheatre filled with diplomats in dark suits, whispering to...

"This policy briefing examines the role for communication in climate change adaptation in seven Asian countries."

Lilian Kiefer

Author: Lilian Kiefer, Lusaka, Zambia, June 4 2014 - As the world commemorates the World Environment Day this Thursday, Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) is appealing to the government, civil society organisations, cooperating partners and other stakeholders to work with poor and marginalised communities to address the effects of...

Nervious Siantombo

Author: Nervious Siantombo, May 30 2014 - One of the fundamental tenets of good governance is active citizen participation in processes such as policy and development programme formulation and implementation.

Citizen involvement in governance ensures that the governed, especially those regarded as poor and marginalised in society, have...

amarcfamilyfarm.jpg

In January 2014, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations launched an awareness campaign to highlight 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF). Focusing on farmers' organisations and the rural population, the campaign is using community...

Author: Dr. Arpita Sharma, February 20 2014:     Agriculture is the most important sector in developing countries, with the majority of the rural population depending on it. In our Indian scenario, it is said that the country lives in villages, which means that the farming and agriculture sector contributes to the GDP of the...

This article was written in French by journalist Inoussa Maïga from Burkina Faso, who discusses strategies for using the complementarity of different information and communication technology (ICT) tools to achieve sustainable impact on farmers.

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Television

"How do people in Pakistan live with climate change now? How will its impacts shape their future, and how will they, in turn, shape their environment? What are the most effective ways to support people to adapt to climate change, and how best can the media, governments, organisations and businesses communicate with them?"

Author: Delia Lloyd, June 13 2014 - When I was invited to speak on a panel at a UN conference on climate change in Bonn, Germany, I wasn't sure what to expect. I envisioned a large, dimly lit amphitheatre filled with diplomats in dark suits, whispering to...

"This policy briefing examines the role for communication in climate change adaptation in seven Asian countries."

Lilian Kiefer

Author: Lilian Kiefer, Lusaka, Zambia, June 4 2014 - As the world commemorates the World Environment Day this Thursday, Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) is appealing to the government, civil society organisations, cooperating partners and other stakeholders to work with poor and marginalised communities to address the effects of...

Joshua Masinde

Author Joshua Masinde, December 12 2013:       Information and communication technology has brought about a paradigm shift in agricultural practice by offering the sector a renaissance of some kind.

The increasing digitisation of agriculture has however, raised a lot of questions, many of which touch on...

BBC Media Action

Author: Rishika Das Roy, October 23 2013       Listening to people's everyday experiences is at the heart of the Climate Asia research project, the largest ever study into how people in seven Asian countries live and deal with climate change. So it was no surprise to me that last month I found myself in...

Author: Harry Surjadi, October 7 2013        In November 14 2011, Hendrik - the Head of Asmoja Cooperative of oil palm farmers in Silat Hilir Sub-District, West Kalimantan, [Indonesia], blasted the SMS [text] message to the Cooperative members:

BBC Media Action

"People are changing how they live in Bangladesh, more than in any other country surveyed by Climate Asia. To make more money and provide for the next generation they are supplementing their income with other work, growing alternative crops, migrating and changing jobs."

"Nepalis believe that temperatures have risen, rainfall has become less predictable and floods and droughts have increased during the last 10 years. People also feel the environment has changed and nearly nine in ten say that insects and pests have increased. "

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