Food security and agricultural development policies are progressively integrating holistic approaches to rural livelihoods that focus on the sustainable use of natural resources, multi-sectoral collaboration, and stakeholder participation. Inherent in these approaches is recognition of the strategic role played by communication, knowledge sharing and access to information.
Communication is at the heart of the active involvement of farmers throughout a development initiative, from problem identification to research and implementation of sustainable solutions. It also increases the sense of identity among farmers and recognizes their cultural values.
FAO provides support to food security projects by promoting and applying ComDev approaches to foster people's participation in development activities. The methodologies employed use participatory tools and techniques to enable groups and communities to voice their opinions and concerns on the various facets of food insecurity issues, to diagnose the problems they face, make well-informed decisions, share knowledge, mobilize for action, and assume responsibility for their own development.
FAO’s work in this area is characterized by increasing the communication capacity of development stakeholders, farmers’ organizations and those responsible for outreach programmes.
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