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Dimitra Newsletter 25: South-South cooperation; Family Farming and Food Security

Dimitra Newsletter 25 is now available in English and French (entire newsletter). 

This edition opens with a report of the last session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which has helped to ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment feature prominently in the post-2015 development agenda, which is to succeed the present agenda centered at the Millennium Development Goals and whose 2015 deadline is nearing fast. Today, the post-2015 development agenda is at the centre of discussions within the international community on intensifying efforts to take up the world’s major development challenges, including eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and achieving sustainable food security. As always, several articles in the newsletter are devoted to news from the Dimitra listeners’ clubs, particularly in Senegal, where they are working together with Farmer Field Schools as part of the IPPM Programme, and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where a traditional chief made an important speech. A number of articles focus on South-South cooperation, which enables countries in the South to pool and exchange practices and knowledge, etc. The long experience of the Dimitra listeners’ clubs in Niger has benefited clubs in Senegal, Mauritania and Ghana, while that of Sud-Kivu, in DRC, has been shared with clubs in Burundi. For the past 17 years, South-South cooperation has received support from FAO as part of its food security programmes. And for the past 15 years, FAO has been engaged in seeking funds to tackle poverty and empower rural women. The  Women’s Portrait profiles Ruth Ojiambo Ochieng, a leader from Uganda who is campaining for women’s rights in conflict and post-conflict settings. Other articles highlight the contribution of family farming to food security and FAO’s, especially in the context of the International Year of Family Farming and the FAO-AMARC partnership in the field of radio and the media. This partnership has resulted in the launch of communication for development regional platforms. The one dedicated to Africa is called YenKasa. Finally, civil society involvement in developing guidelines for sustainable small-scale fishing is described in this issue, and a new FAO learning module for experience capitalization is presented.

Dimitra Newsletter 24: Poverty reduction in rural areas, International Year of Family Farming

Dimitra Newsletter 24 is now available in English and French (entire newsletter). You can also download individual articles, see overview Dimitra Newsletter 24. This issue highlights experiences of development approaches that are helping in the fight against poverty in rural areas. Reducing rural poverty is one of FAO’s strategic objectives for the coming years, to which the Dimitra project is making a special contribution.

FAO-Dimitra is part of the FAO-Belgium partnership programme “Knowledge Management and Gender”. The “Capitalization of good practices in support of agricultural production and food security” project – another component of the programme – recently organized two minifairs to exchange good practices, in Niger and Burkina Faso.

 

Dimitra Newsletter 23: Listeners’ clubs: new partnerships

Dimitra Newsletter 23 is now available in English and French (entire newsletter). You can also download individual articles, see overview Dimitra Newsletter 23. This newsletter outlines the project’s most recent activities and achievements, especially the development and growing impact of the Dimitra listeners’ clubs. These successes are producing growing recognition for the Dimitra approach and a strong increase in the number of partnerships.

FAO-Dimitra is part of the FAO-Belgium partnership programme “Knowledge Management and Gender”. The “Capitalization of good practices in support of agricultural production and food security” project – another component of the programme – recently organized two minifairs to exchange good practices, in Niger and Burkina Faso.

Dimitra Newsletter 22: Dimitra community listeners’ clubs

This issue places the spotlight on the Dimitra community listeners’ clubs, with a special dossier made up of several articles that focus on the impact of projects under way, the development of this approach and the launch of new initiatives. Dimitra Newsletter 22 is available in English and French.

In Niger and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the rate at which listeners’ clubs are being formed and the fact that the approach is now being reproduced in various settings are indications of the success of this strategy and the extent to which it is proving sustainable. In South Kivu, for example, a new formula has been tested with excellent results: the introduction of Farmer Field and Life Schools has been supported by existing community listeners’ clubs. In addition, a process for evaluating the impact of the clubs has revealed an unexpected but promising factor: the improved capacity of club members to engage in more formal rural structures. In this sense, the clubs are paving the way for greater participation of women in producers’ organizations and rural cooperatives. (2012)

Dimitra Newsletter 21: Women’s access to land

This issue focuses on particularly innovative activities that enable women to have better access to land in several African countries. Dimitra Newsletter 21 is available in English and French.  See page 11: Within the framework of FAO’s Knowledge Management and Gender Programme, the Capitalisation of good practices in support of agricultural production and food security project organised an action learning workshop on the capitalisation of good practices in Niamey (Niger) from 5 to 9 December 2011.

The action learning workshop in Niamey was attended by 21 people, a third of whom were women. It brought together the Capitalisation project team, several members of the IARBIC project (Intensifying agriculture by strengthening cooperative input shops), of the Emergency Rehabilitation and Coordination Unit (ERCU), ONG-VIE (Dimitra’s partner), as well as representatives of three producers’ organisations: Mooriben, the Réseau national des chambres d’agriculture du Niger (RECA – National Network of Nigerien Chambers of Agriculture) and the Fédération des Coopératives Maraîchères du Niger (FCMN-Niya – Federation of Nigerien Market Gardening Cooperatives). (2012)

Dimitra Newsletter 20: Access to information: Dimitra good practices

This newsletter contains a special Dossier on Radio & ICTs in Rural Areas that puts together a variety of experiences in this field, from an electronic forum on Gender, ICTs and Rural Livelihoods, over participatory community radio to empower rural women and men, to the use of different methodologies of communication communication for development to address issues related to climate change and food security. The Women’s Portrait series features Dorothy Okello of WOUGNET in Uganda, who speaks about the role we can and should all play in applying ICTs to achieve sustainable development for all. (2011)

Dimitra Newsletter

Dimitra publishes a bi-annual newsletter which provides information about the activities of the project, its partner organisations and other civil society organisations in Africa. The newsletter is disseminated worldwide, is free of charge and is available in English and French.

Please see complete list on Dimitra website: 
http://www.fao.org/dimitra/dimitra-publications/newsletter/en/