Africa consultation on ComDev, community media & ICTs for family farming

Advancing participatory communication

Enabling community dialogue

Promoting gender equality

Raising farmer’s voice

Now, more than ever, communication and community media are drivers for social change in rural areas, facilitating access to information and encouraging farmer participation in the rural development process.   To help propel family farmers’ voices forward, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) will be hosting a series of regional virtual consultations on their various regionally based platforms.

The consultation to be held on the Yenkasa Africa platform aims to highlight regionally relevant contributions of ComDev, community media and ICTs to family farming, to identify main challenges and priorities for rural communication services in support of family farming, as well as to discuss common approaches to promoting communication for rural development in Africa.

Key Information

What issues will the discussions revolve around?

Communication for Development, community media and ICTs for family farming and rural development.  The following are examples of discussion questions:

  • What are the key issues related to family farming that require communication/community media/ICT support?
  • In your region, what should be priority areas of action for ComDev in agriculture and rural development?
  • What processes and methodologies can be applied to design demand driven and inclusive rural communication policies/services to advance family farming in your country/region?

When will the consultations take place?

Consultations will take place from 25 August to 12 September 2014

Who can join?

The discussions are open to all, including development professionals, community media practitioners, rural development agencies and the private sector alike.

How can participants join?

The YenKasa platform will be a common space where perspectives and information can be shared.  To accommodate a wide array of users at the regional level, the consultations will be hosted using a combination of a YenKasa’s mailing list as well as the dedicated section of AMARC International Secretariat’s Facebook page.


The inputs will serve to inform the Forum on Communication for Development & Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM), a joint FAO and AMARC initiative to be held in Rome, Italy from 23-24 October, 2014.   In addition, a global consultation on the topic will be launched on the E-agriculture platform to discuss and complement the outcomes of the regional consultations.

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We will also be sharing information on Twitter: @FAOcomdev and @AMARCnews