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Dimitra Newsletter 24


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Democratic Republic of Congo | Dimitra community listeners’ clubs and poverty reduction, a Forum to share results
The first Dimitra Community Listeners’ Clubs Forum for Tshopo District was held on 9-10 August 2013 in Isangi, in the Orientale Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It offered a unique opportunity to meet, discuss and share experiences to the women and men representatives of 60 Dimitra community listeners’ clubs (CLCs), seven community radios and various key actors, closely or loosely linked to the CLCs. The clubs have been set up in barely a year, in the framework of a gender-sensitive project to fight poverty and improve food security, implemented by FAO and financed by the Government of the DRC and by IFAD. This article talks about the Forum and provides some data and anecdotes which highlight the successful wager made by those who opted to bet on this innovative approach. read the article

Portraits Series | Marguerite Atilomoi
Nicknamed “Maguy”, Marguerite Atilomoi lives in Yanonge, 60 km from Kisangani, in the DRC’s Orientale Province. This dynamic rural woman is involved in an agricultural producer organization and in the Union of Producer Organizations of her area. She is also the moderator of a Dimitra community listeners’ club in Yanonge. read the article

Burundi | Community listeners’ clubs: “Little by little, the bird builds its nest”
Launched in early March 2013 by FAO in Burundi, with technical support from Dimitra, the community listeners’ clubs are continuing to develop their activities, in collaboration with FAO Farmer Field Schools. The pilot area covers the provinces of Bubanza, Rural Bujumbura, Bujumbura Mairie and Muramvya. read the article

Mauritania and Senegal | Community listeners’ clubs and Farmer Field Schools, a cross-border project
Following a Dimitra listeners’ clubs pilot project in Mauritania, funded by the Global Environment Facility/UNEP, FAO’s regional Integrated Production and Pest Management (IPPM) programme decided to launch 50 new Dimitra community listeners’ clubs in Mauritania and Senegal. read the article

Ghana | Starting Dimitra community listeners’ clubs in West Gonja
Ghana is the first English-speaking country where Dimitra community listeners’ clubs are being created. Their establishment form an integral part of FAO’s Programmatic Regional Initiative in Ghana, in particular where the strengthening of rural organizations and the empowerment of the rural women and men of West Gonja are concerned. The activities started with a four-day training workshop in October 2013. The listeners’ clubs will be a tool for social mobilisation and good governance. read the article

CoOPequity | An inclusive approach based on participation, good governance and gender
Funded by the European Union, FAO’s CoOPequity programme supports the implementation of policies and measures that encourage the development of equitable and efficient producer organizations (PO), in partnership with the UPA, Union des Producteurs Agricoles (Farmers Union) of Quebec. We met up with Carol Djeddah and Dubravka Bojic, responsible for implementing the programme. read the article

Niger and Burkina Faso |Four years of experience with capitalization
As the “Capitalization of good practices in support of agricultural production and food security” project drew to a close in May 2013, it takes stock of its achievements and activities. For more than four years, the project team has tested and adapted methodologies for experience capitalization and to identify good practices. read the article

Kenya | Sokopepe, where producers meet buyers
For many years, farmers in Kenya have struggled to find markets for their agricultural and livestock products. Often, they resort to using brokers in an effort to find ready markets, especially those who grow perishable commodities. The brokers generally buy at lower prices and farmers hardly receive timely and reliable up-to-date market pricing information, therefore always ending up not getting the best deal. To help farmers address these challenges, the Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) developed Sokopepe, an agricultural commodity trading platform that links small scale producers to end retailers or bulk purchasers. read the article

Uganda | U-report spearheads the mobilization of youth
U-Report is a free SMS-based system that allows young Ugandans to speak out on what’s happening in communities across the country, and work together with other community leaders for positive change. Developed by UNICEF Uganda and launched in May 2011, U-report is revolutionizing social mobilization, monitoring and response efforts. The initiative equips mobile phone users with the tools to establish and enforce new standards of transparency and accountability in development programming and services. read the article

India | How rural women farmers are solving problems in Gujarat
To celebrate the International Day of Rural Women on 15 October, FAO published four life stories on its gender website (http://www.fao.org/gender - Bite-sized stories). These stories illustrate how rural women farmers in Gujarat, India found solutions to some of the challenges they faced. They offer a timely look at how empowering rural women leads to improved food security, agricultural production, economic growth and well-being for families and communities. We feature two of the stories here… read the article

Family farming – Recognizing the contributions of women and men
Family farming and smallholder farming are an important basis for sustainable food production throughout the world. While family farms tend to be highly efficient in terms of agricultural productivity per unit of land, those that produce on a small or medium scale have limited bargaining power and capacity to defend their interests in food markets. FAO gets ready for the International Year of Family Farming in 2014. read the article

FAO Policy on Gender Equality. read the article

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