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Developing a Communication for Development (ComDev) strategy: An eye-opener in our work towards reaching small-scale farmers better!

“I felt it would be a very difficult task to develop a Communication for Development Strategy,” says Baraka James, an ICT Officer at MVIWAMA telling his learning experience in embracing the Communication for Development approach that has just been introduced to Farm and Forest Producers Organizations (FFPOs) in Tanzania under the Farm and Forest Facility. He says, “For the first time I was anxious because I had never been involved

A Kenyan producers’ organization helps a farmer’s avocado business grow

How a producers’ organization helped farmers successfully export avocado to Europe “Before the Forest and Farm Facility Programme (FFF) reached out to us, I faced many challenges in marketing the avocado produce from my farm,” says Paul Mitei, a farmer from Kiptoben Village, Nakuru County, Kenya. Paul says he wanted to know more about how the avocado and tomato value chains worked, and the proper inputs that are critical to

Ghana women farmers partner to build a soapmaking business

Farmers organizations have improved entrepreneurial skills and financial management skills for farmers Farmers in Adansi South, a forested district of Ghana, known for their production of rice, cassava, plantain, maize and vegetables, used to make little profit from their farms, due to little or no access to market opportunities. To improve the farmers’ livelihoods, the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) programme through the Kokoo Pa Farmers Association has given the

How rural radio has improved farming for Tanzanian farmers

Radio programs give rural communities an opportunity for their voices to be heard “I know that I am privileged to listen and follow different programs aired through MVIWATA FM”, says Odilia Jiovin, a farmer from Kilosa District, known for production and marketing of sunflower, coconut, sugarcane, and sisal in the Morogoro region of Tanzania. “I always take the initiative to share the information with my fellow farmers in our community

Yenkasa Africa- UNDFF Regional Awareness Campaign 2021

A new Yenkasa Africa awareness campaign for the UNDFF has been launched by family farmers’ organizations, FAO, and communication networks and institutions. The theme of the campaign is “Family farming at the heart of sustainable food systems” and it focuses on the contribution of family farming in achieving sustainable food systems. In particular, the campaign will give visibility to the progress of the UNDFF through the National Action Plans, policy

UN Decade of Family Farming: Leveraging of successful results to scale-up implementation towards sustainable agri-food systems

The  FAO/IFAD Joint Secretariat of the UNDFF is organizing a 2-day event on UN Decade of Family Farming: leveraging on successful results to scale-up implementation towards sustainable food systems, on 27 & 28 May 2021 from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm (GMT+2). The event will provide information on the overall progress made on the implementation of UNDFF and related SDGs. The event will be broadcasted with simultaneous interpretation in English,

FAO to hold UNDFF Event on Resilient and Sustainable Food Systems

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is co-organizing a side-event entitled, “Implementing the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) to face COVID-19 and achieve resilient and sustainable food systems” on February 10, 13:00 (CET) under the 47th Committie on World Food Security (CFS) Event. The event will recognize the UNDFF  as a framework for countries to develop public policies and investments to support family farming from a holistic perspective, thus

If you can think it, you can do it: The story of Lizzy Idoko

Young people in Africa should be encouraged to take part in Agriculture. This is a growing sector in need of young innovative minds to help improve the economy of African countries as well as create job opportunities. Lizzy Idoko is a young Nigerian female farmer, who has taken an initiative to improve Irish potatoes farming in Nigeria with hopes to eventually expand globally. Lizzy is a university graduate of History