Montreal, 15 October 2008. The worldwide community radio network of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, AMARC covered this year World Food Day, on October 16th, 2008 by emphasizing the struggle against poverty and focusing on Food Security and the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy. AMARC also covered
the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) activities for the World Food Day as part of the recently signed worldwide partnership agreement between the two organizations, for a strategic alliance to reinforce their collaboration in the field of rural radio, in order to contribute to rural development and natural resources. The radio programmes were broadcast through local community radio stations and live-streamed on the amarc World Food Day page at www.amarc.org/index.php.
The World Food Day broadcast campaign gathers together community radios from five continents on the common struggle against poverty and for food security in the context of the rise of the prices of basic food staples and climate change. It also motivates community radios to use new technologies such as internet to further amplify the voices of the excluded and marginalised. For the Internet podcasting and to listen to audio programmes and archives in English, French Spanish and other languages produced by community radio members form all regions of AMARC go to www.amarc.org/index.php.
Through service to members, networking and project implementation, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC, brings together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations and community media stakeholders in more than 115 countries. The main global impact of AMARC since its creation in 1983, has been to accompany and support the establishment of a world wide community radio sector that has democratized the media sector. AMARC advocates for the right to communicate at the international, national, local and neighbourhood levels and defends and promotes the interests of the community radio movement through solidarity, networking and Cooperation. For further information visit www.amarc.org