Farming for the future: advancing rural communication services

Nowadays, there is growing international awareness of the importance of meeting the information and communication needs of rural people and the vital role that communication can play in empowering them to take action.  

In light of this, FAO and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) will convene a Forum on Communication for Development & Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM) at FAO Headquarters in Rome from 23- 24 October 2014. 

The Forum is an official event of the International Year of Family Farming and will showcase and raise awareness about the role of Communication for Development (ComDev) as a driver for innovation as well as family farmers’ participation in rural development strategies.  It will also identify opportunities for new demand-driven rural communication servicesas an integral part of agricultural rural and development policies.

Relevant farmers organizations such as La Via Campesina, the World Rural Forum, the World Farmers Organization and other partners including the Association for Progressive Communication, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and BBC Media Action, amongst others, have been invited to join an Advisory Group on ComDev for family farming to contribute their expertise to the Forum and have committed to its follow up. 

The FCCM sessions will have an interactive format with presentation of case studies, panels, group discussions, as well as the use of social media, and will cover a number of themes related to rural communication services and family farming.

The contributions and recommendations collected during the FCCM will be presented at the Global Dialogue on Family Farming, to be held in Rome, Italy from 27-28 October, 2014. 

Get involved

Through webcast and @FAOComdev Twitter, the wider audience will also be able to follow the discussions and contribute their views to the Forum using the hashtag #FCCM. In collaboration with Amisnet, a radio news agency and AMARC member based in Rome, radio coverage of the event will be made available to all those wishing to learn more. 

For additional information, please visit the ComDev website or contact