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Mtanzamsona Village Demonstrate Effective Community control of decision on harvesting forest produce in the VLFR

During 2020, Mtandao wa Jamii wa Usimamizi wa Misitu Tanzania (MJUMITA) project assisted Mtanzasoma Village (Rufiji District) to defend its forest management rights by providing training to 10 village and network leaders (2 women and 8 men) about the implications of GN 417 of 2019, on their VLFR trade. The training informed them about shift of power of approval of harvesters of timber trees in the VLFRs from Village Council

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

Supporting young farmers through a farmer’s organization

Madagascar’s young farmers included in reforestation processes and have improved their livelihoods Young farmers in Analamanga region, central Madagascar are now getting involved in reforestation and agroecological practice more than ever before. This is thanks to the organized technical and field trainings on resilient agriculture, water management and soil fertility management organized with the Syndicate des Organisations Agricoles (SOA)-Mitsinjo. SOA-Mitsinjo is supported by the national syndicate of producer’s organizations in

FAO e-learning courses: Sustainable Food Systems

The FAO e-learning Academy published a series of three courses on Sustainable Food Systems, designed collaboratively with One Planet Network’s Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) Programme, to equip you with the knowledge and tools required to apply systems thinking to complex food systems challenges in an integrated manner. The course series highlights how systems thinking and taking a sustainable food systems approach, can help to significantly improve our work in project

Reconciling rural youth with family farming and unleashing their potential, in West Africa

The perception of rural West African youth is too often biased by the stereotypes widely conveyed about them. Between precarious odd jobs, idleness and the temptation to move, it is sometimes difficult to envision these young people rooted in their rural community. Too often, we don’t ask: Who are these young people? What are their stories? How do they fit into their community? What are their ambitions? How do they

Apply now for 2022 Farm Radio Awards

Farm Radio International celebrates excellence within its radio network with two awards. The George Atkins Communications Award celebrates an outstanding broadcaster in our network who is committed to family farmers and rural communities. The Liz Hughes Award for Her Farm Radio celebrates a program team that addresses gender equality and has had an impact on the community. This year, the deadline to apply for both awards is October 1, 2021.

On Air Dialogues: Rural voices on the global stage

Exploring the views of 3,500 small scale farmers ahead of the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit   September 20, 2021 at 8 am EDT (GMT -4)     The 2021 UN Food Systems Summit has been called “the People’s Summit.” To amplify the voices of small-scale farmers and other rural people in sub-Saharan Africa, Farm Radio International partnered with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Vision Canada, and

Event: E-Extension - Accelerating Building Back Better (Sept. 6)

Explore successes in digital advisory services and e-extension systems Sept. 6 at 11:15 a.m. EAT   Resilient food systems are essential to achieving food security and sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa. But the challenge remains — how do we achieve change quickly, and at scale? The ICT industry is radically transforming e-extension services. Integrated ICTs, mass media, and face-to-face approaches are key to accelerating the Building Back Better agenda. We

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