Community radios help "break the cycle of poverty" on World Food Day

Advancing participatory communication

Enabling community dialogue

Promoting gender equality

Raising farmer’s voice

Since 1979, World Food Day is celebrated on October 16 each year. Established by the member countries of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), this day aims to raise awareness in the fight against hunger and malnutrition worldwide. This year's theme was "Social Protection and Agriculture: breaking the circle of rural poverty."

To mark this important day, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), through its Global Fund for community radio, called on its members to assert their role of agents of social change through an active participation in a radio campaign on the topic of social protection and agriculture in order to initiate discussions in their communities, to share information and help "break the cycle of poverty."

Francesco Diasio, Secretary General of AMARC, said this radio campaign was another opportunity to "show the importance of community radios as preferred vehicles of information, sharing and exchanges venues and as agents of social change".

Community radio stations from Asia Pacific, MENA and Africa contributed to the day by sharing audios on various topics. You may listen to their work on AMARC’s website. The audios are also available for download and rebroadcast.