Advancing participatory communication

Enabling community dialogue

Promoting gender equality

Raising farmer’s voice


  • Peter Balaba, Program Manager at Nakaseke Telecentre, in Uganda have shared: "It is true that radios are the best tool to educate the communities, especially in rural areas. We have used the radio to promote education through a School Radio Quiz Competition. Schools are encouraged to bring their pupils to the studio every Sunday and compete. The program runs for a year.

  • Climate change and variability is overwhelming local knowledge and traditions for farm management across Africa. Kaffrine, Senegal’s main agricultural region has not been spared the scourge­.
  • Although this seems obvious, one must carefully anticipate and avoid improvising in a field mission. Sharing his experience, Obidimma Ezezika, CEO of the African Centre for Innovation and Leadership Development and adjunct Lecturer at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, offers tips and a simple method to learn to communicate in research mission in an article published on SciDev.net.
  • The old practice of multinationals corporations seizing land from vulnerable communities in developing countries for plantations, think the United Fruit Company and the banana republics of South America in the 20th century, and foreign and local governments seizing land from indigenous communities for mining, reemerged as a 21st century land grabbing juggernaut in the aftermath of the 2007-2008 world food price crisis. In Africa, Asia and Latin America large corporations are frantically acquiring land for cash crops and biofuels production.

  • There is no doubt that information through agricultural research is essential to improving food security and to allowing for resilient rural livelihoods.  To be useful, however, agricultural information must reach and be effectively communicated to farmers.  The experience of the Virtual Extension and Research Communication Network (VerCon) in Egypt proved to be successful in creating appropriate linkages between research and extension institutions, giving extension staff a wide array of support th