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"Report of the sensitation workshop on rural radio for policy and decision makers in East and Southern Africa"
This workshop follows findings of two studies on training needs for rural radio in Africa carried out by Inter-African Center for Rural Broadcasting Studies of Ouagadougou and The South Africa Development Community Centre of Communication for Development.

"Rural radio transmissions and rural youth in Cameroon. Communication for development case study 28"
The conclusions of this study confirm the strategic importance radio plays in communication for development campaigns and strategies in Africa.

"Rural radio transmissions and rural youth in Mali. Communication for development case study 29"
Within the context of the project GCP/MLI/020/NET “The relaunch of rural radio in Mali”, a series of studies on the needs of youth regarding information and communication were carried out in collaboration with the four radio stations of Bla, Bougouni, Kolondiéba and Koutiala. These studies were based on the production, the transmission and the evaluation of radio programmes for young people.

"Participatory Rural Communication Appraisal: Starting with the People. – A Handbook"
A practical guide to assess communication processes and systems. It provides concepts and tools for the participatory design of Communication for Development activities, involving rural stakeholders in the research process to identify communication needs and appropriate channels and media to support development efforts.

"Participatory Communication Strategy Design – A Handbook "
A handy guide to involve people in decision-making processes for effective communication planning and action. It presents a step-by-step methodology for participatory communication strategy design, and the principles for communication planning, message development, multimedia material production and the implementation of communication activities in the field.

"Communication and Natural Resource Management: An E-forum on perspectives, principles and future directions"
This e-forum was based on a review of the book “Communication and Natural Resource Management: Experience/Theory” which presents short case studies, reflections and exercises to guide readers through a self learning process about communication and natural resource management and how to improve its impact in the field.

"Yasarekomo: An experience of indigenous communications in Bolivia"
In the introduction to this publication, a village representative writes "Communications is life... We are a people who communicate in order to keep our values alive and relevant in a society that is constantly changing. Furthermore, we know that communications is the key to any type of development."

"Communication for development: A medium for innovation in natural resources management"
One of the key challenges faced by rural development programmes is to address poverty alleviation, food security and environmental sustainability in an integrated manner. Fighting land degradation and desertification, halting deforestation, promoting proper management of water resources and protecting biodiversity require the active participation of rural communities through communication processes.

"The state of communication for development in Niger – Volumes 1 and 2"
This two-volume publication addresses communication for development in Niger. Communication policies are recognized in Niger as a critical element to the economic, social and cultural development of the country.

"The one to watch: Radio, new ICTs and interactivity"
The Internet and other new information and communication technologies (ICTs) are changing radio in the developing world. But far from making it less relevant, they are opening up hitherto unimagined possibilities.

"Revisiting the Magic Box"
New information and communications technologies (ICTs), the Internet and mobile telephony in particular, are greatly transforming how we work, organize and communicate with each other.

"Understanding the indigenous knowledge and information systems of pastoralists in Eritrea"
Although many extension and research workers overlook the importance of nomadic herders' indigenous knowledge, this knowledge is extremely important since is based on experiential learning, evolves constantly and is shared through local communication processes.

"Participatory communication: a key to rural learning systems"
This publication addresses the radical shift that the role of communication has undergone in recent years. Participatory communication highlights the importance of cultural identity, concerted action and dialogue, local knowledge and stakeholder participation at all levels.

"Communication and natural resource management: Experience/Theory"
The launch of this new communication publication is being marked with an e-forum hosted by the Communication Initiative.

"National information, education and communication strategy for Cameroon: Case study 22"
This publication illustrates the prioritization of reproductive health factors and an analysis of the national structures responsible for putting in place information, education and communication strategies.

"Socio-cultural constraints and the need for information about reproductive health for youth and men in Cameroon: Case study 21"
This publication results from a study undertaken in rural Cameroon which concentrated upon understanding socio-cultural factors which discourage use of health centers by men and youth.

"Evaluation and utilization of traditional methods of communication in Cameroon's central, southern, eastern and extreme northern regions: Case study 20"
This study thoroughly evaluates traditional means of communication in 18 Cameroonian villages and selects the traditional methods best adapted for the diffusion of information.

"Knowledge, attitudes and practices in the area of reproductive health in central, northern and southern Cameroon: Case study 19"
This study addresses the knowledge, attitudes and practices of men and youth, both male and female, regarding their reproductive health.

"New Publications in the Field of Communication for Development"
These publications were produced from the Regional Workshop for Designing and Implementing Multimedia Communication Strategies and National Communication Policies took place in Niamey, Niger, in April 2002.

"The National Communication Policy in Burkina Faso"
The Communication for development group has published the fifth publication of the series on national communication strategies and policies, following earlier studies on Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Republic of Central Africa and Cape-Verde.

"Information and Communication Technologies Servicing Rural Radio: Final report of the International Workshop"
which was held 19-22 February 2001 is now available in English and French. The Workshop provided a forum to share ideas and experiences between North (Europe and North America) and South (Africa) regarding the use of radio broadcasting and includes the main recommendations made at the workshop.

"Voices for change: Rural women and communication"
In today's climate of political and socio-economic change, communication can play a decisive role in promoting food security and rural development. By fostering a dialogue between rural people and other sectors of society, communication processes can empower both women and men to provide information and knowledge as a basis for change and innovation.

Communication for Development CD-ROM
This Communication for Development CD-ROM contains a selection of publications covering a wide range of topics related to communication for development in many countries. The CD-ROM is a useful tool for policy-makers, planners, educators, extnesion workers and otehrs who use communication to information and educate people about new ideas and technical innovations in agriculture and rural development.

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"Compendium of Experiences of Italian NGOs in Education for Rural People"
This compendium includes summaries of 36 education projects benefiting rural people, identified among the activities of approximately 150 Italian NGOs.

"Education opportunities for hill tribes in Northern Thailand: Implications for sustainable rural development"
This case study, a new publication produced by the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, addresses the challenges in developing models of education for the hill tribes of Thailand's northern regions.

"Participatory Curriculum Development study: A training manual"
This training guide seeks to help those engaged in agricultural education and training to identify the stakeholders for their own programs. It explores the reasons and methods for involving these stakeholders in the development of curricula.


"Modernizing national agricultural extension systems: A practical guide for policy-makers of developing countries"
This publication addresses an increasing demand for practical, action-oriented guidelines which policy-makers could use in reforming extension systems.

"Agricultural extension and training needs of farmers in the small island countries. A case study from Samoa"
The objective of this study, conducted in July 2003, was to identify the special agricultural extension and training needs of farmers living in small island countries, using Samoa as a specific case. A participatory rural appraisal approach (PRA) is used to identify farmers' needs in different geographic locations of Samoa.

"Enhancing coordination among AKIS/RD actors. An analytical and comparative review of country studies on agricultural knowledge and information systems for rural development (AKIS/RD)"
This new publication aims to provide a preliminary response to the question: How can developing countries encourage the various systems, organizations and producers concerned with agricultural research, education and extension, and operating in the public or private sector, to behave as one system with regard to the agricultural development component of rural development?

"Facing the challenge of an HIV/AIDS epidemic: agricultural extension services in sub-Saharan Africa"
The very survival of rural human resources development aimed at improving agricultural production, both within the extension organization and among the clientele, is currently at stake due to the HIV/AIDS menace.

"Agricultural extension, rural development and the food security challenge"
The purpose of this publication is to highlight the important role of agricultural and rural extension in the fight against hunger.

"A new extension vision for food security a new extension vision for food security: Challenge to change"
This publication addresses the challenges faced by agricultural extension services in their provision of support to food security initiatives.

"Extension through womens' community development groups: A case study of female extension assistants"
Male migration in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir region of Pakistan has resulted in crop farming and livestock raising and management becoming increasingly women's domain.

"The impact of HIV/AIDS on the different farming sectors in Namibia"
Issued jointly by the University of Namibia and the FAO Regional Office for Africa, This publication provides background to the situation of HIV/AIDS in Namibia. Issues related to the impact of HIV/AIDS on farming, both communal and commercial are reviewed.

"Agricultural and rural extension worldwide: Options for institutional reform in the developing countries"
The initiatives in this publication draw on recent agricultural extension, reform measures introduced in several high-income, middle-income and low-income countries. The focus, however, is on reform measures that promote food security and poverty alleviation among small-holders in low-income countries.

"Participatory environment education and training for sustainable agriculture"
This publication from the Extension group describes FAO's pioneering approach in integrating environment education concerns into agricultural education and training programmes.

"Human resources in agricultural and rural development"
Human resources in agricultural and rural development (HRARD) is an international forum for the exchange of innovative national, regional and global experiences in human resources development and institutional reforms, aimed at promoting sustainable food security, alleviating rural poverty and improving the quality of rural livelihoods through agricultural exension, education and communication.
(Also available in Arabic, French and Spanish)

"Improving agricultural extension - A reference manual"
This new book on Improving Agricultural Extension is the third in a series that was started in 1972. In the first edition of Agricultural Extension: A Reference Manual, Addison H. Maunder authored and edited a wide range of material that first defined "extension" as a field of study and practice. This third volume reflects the continued development of extension within a rapidly changing world.

Research and Technology

"A History of agricultural research in tropical francophone Africa. Volume I – The beginning of African agrigulture – from Prehistorical Times to the Middle Ages"
This publication describes for us the patrimony resulting from millenia of experience. It illustrates the path followed from the creation of technological innovation, leading us toward the organized and scientific reasearch already underway by the end of the 19th Century, and its related, ultimate objective: the ability to satisfy the food requirements, economic needs and social and cultural aspects of mankind.

"The Role of Biotechnology in exploring and protecting agricultural genetic resources"
The book aims to provide an updated overview of the current status of the world's genetic resources for food and agriculture, of the use of biotechnology tools for characterizing and conserving these genetic resources, and of the many specific issues involved in applying them in developing countries.

"Annotated Bibliography on and Stage-wise Analysis of Participatory Research Projects in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management"
This publication comprises an annotated and abstracted bibliography of case studies in the field of agricultural and natural resource management research.

"ICT needs for ecological and organic agriculture in Bulgaria , Serbia and Kosovo"
This report is an assessment of information and communication capacity building needs in the National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) and their partners in Bulgaria, Serbia and Kosovo.

"Status of research and application of crop biotechnologies in developing countries: Preliminary assessment"
This report has just been published; it provides a first analysis of about 2,000 crop-sector entries from 71 developing countries contained in the database as of 31 August 2004.

"Impact of foreign assistance on institutional development of national agricultural research systems in sub-Saharan Africa"
This study is the analysis and assessment of foreign assistance provided by 36 agricultural research projects in seven selected countries of sub-Saharan Africa.

"Integrating Food Security Issues into Agricultural Research"
FAO, the University of Georgia, USA and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) facilitated a dialogue among members of the international research and development community in order to identify ways to strengthen national research systems in order to develop coordinated programmes in support of research to promote food security.

"Glossary of Biotechnology for Food and Agriculture"
FAO Research and Technology Paper 9. The glossary is a revised, augmented version of the "Glossary of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering", published by FAO in 1999. It is available as a publication or as a searchable database.

"Agricultural Biotechnology for Developing Countries - Results of an Electronic Forum"
FAO Research and Technology Paper 8. This publication reports on the first six e-mail conferences hosted by the FAO Electronic Forum on Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture from March 2000 to May 2001. Each conference was moderated, lasted roughly two months and focused on agricultural biotechnology in developing countries.

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