Communication and ICTs

The power of radio in building capacities for rural Somalia

In light of the current threat to public health posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to prevent the spread of the virus, FAO has launched today a new radio distance learning and extension service that complements its cash and livelihood support, for the most vulnerable farmers, pastoralists and fisher folks in Somalia. “This initiative also comes as an anticipatory measure in case the COVID-19 situation gets worse again and new restrictions and limitations

Join the UNDFF radio campaign!

The YenKasa Africa radio campaign to celebrate the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) has been launched! This campaign includes materials about the importance of family farmers, background information on the UNDFF, and information about how farmers can stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. These materials and key messages were developed by the partners in the YenKasa Africa initiative, including FAO and regional farmers organizations like the Pan-African Farmers Organizations,

Resources for communicating about COVID-19

In times of crisis, communication is more important than ever. There is an immense amount of information available on coronavirus and COVID-19, but how do we best communicate it? Here are some resources to guide you. It’s important that communicators use the right words and address the right issues so that people understand the disease and the actions to take to slow its spread. Communicators can not only contribute to

Two-way mass and individual health communications and rapid socio-epidemiological insights to support Kenya's COVID-19 response

Containing and stopping the new coronavirus pandemic requires equitable access to trusted, reliable information. Nonetheless, rapidly informing and empowering communities to stay healthy and safe as we combat the outbreak is only one part of the story. Any effective public health response will require an elaborate understanding of people’s perceptions around risk and preparedness to understand their concerns and refine outbreak responses to address their fears. In many parts of

Celebrating the diversity of Farm Radio's network

Each year, we celebrate World Radio Day and the important role that radio plays in our lives and the lives of the communities we serve. Radio communicates important information, provides entertainment, shares stories and people’s opinions, and starts conversations 一 on air and off. The theme of World Radio Day this year is diversity, celebrating pluralism in radio, representation in the newsroom, and diversity of content and program types shared

Using radio to inspire poachers to become conservationists

Interestingly, Andrew Maimisa is not a COMACO farmer but an ardent follower and listener of COMACO’s Farm Talk radio program. “I listen to COMACO programs on radio Breeze FM and I have heard testimonies from a lot of farmers that have had their lives transformed because of the work COMACO does to empower rural farmers. I also want to be part of this winning team; I am old and I have realized

BCU airs their first cooperative radio

In Eastern Uganda’s Bugisu sub region, literacy remains a substantial barrier to development. Here, radio can reach a large number of poor people because it is affordable and uses little electricity. This is why Bugisu Cooperative Union (BCU) turned to radio. BCU is a Ugandan agricultural cooperative federation established in July 1954. Based in Mbale town, Eastern Uganda, the Cooperative Union was started by a group of coffee farmers led