Advancing participatory communication

Enabling community dialogue

Promoting gender equality

Raising farmer’s voice


  • "This paper examines the potential role of indigenous knowledge sharing through rural FM radio stations in Ghanaian agriculture. To identify social learning effects, we examine crop productivity trends and their association with participation in radio programs, and compare the strength of these associations before and after the emergence of rural radio. Our analysis shows stronger conditional correlations between participation intensity and noncash crop yields, which are consistent with the expectation that noncash crop farmers will more likely adjust farming practice as a result of social learning. The results suggest the potential for agricultural research to have an impact on effective farming by taking advantage of rural FM radio stations."

    The report authored by Olumide Taiwo and Emmanuel Asmah is available online.

  • This booklet presents an overview of the issue of soil management practices in Africa. It briefly presents the 12-Resolution “Abuja Declaration on Fertilizer for the African Green Revolution” adopted in 2006 and contextualizes the 2014 adoption by the 23rd Summit of the African Union of the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods that reaffirmed that agriculture should remain high on the development agenda of the continent.

  • “This publication responds to calls in regional and global forestry forums to strengthen capacity for effectively developing and implementing payment schemes for environmental services in sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission, at its 18th session, called for enhancement of the institutional capacities of member countries and the sharing of knowledge on payment schemes for forest environmental services at the national and subregional levels. The publication focuses on forest-based environmental services, such as carbon sequestration, watershed protection and biodiversity conservation. It comes at a time when forests are at the centre of global responses to the challenge of climate change and when payment schemes for forest environmental services are increasingly seen as a valuable means of generating revenues for local economic development from sustainable forest management. It compiles lessons applicable in sub-Saharan Africa generated by initiatives in the subregion and in other regions relevant to sub-Saharan Africa.”

    The UNFAO report is available online.

  • Published by FAO as part of the International Year of Pulses 2016 (IYP 2016), the book features 30 recipes from 10 international top chefs along with a wealth of information about all varieties of dried beans, their health benefits and cultural significance around the world. It follows the chefs as they go to market to buy pulses and then back to their restaurants or homes, where each chef then prepares easy dishes and gives their best-kept secrets.

    In addition to the recipes, the book includes instructions on how pulses can be easily grown at home and provides an overview of how pulses benefit nutrition, health, biodiversity and food security as well as information on the major world producers, importers and exporters of dried beans.

  • FAO has developed a series of fact sheets covering the key messages of the International Year of Pulses. These documents provide an in-depth look at how pulses can help to improve health, nutrition, biodiversity, food security and climate change adaptation.