Communication for Development

Priority areas

ComDev priority areas of work are:

Food Security

Food security and agricultural development policies are increasingly placing emphasis on holistic approaches to rural livelihoods that focus on the sustainable use of natural resources, multi-sectoral collaboration, and stakeholder participation. Read more...


Natural Resources  Management, Climate Change Adaptation and  Disaster Risk Reduction

Nowadays development efforts require that special consideration is given to issues such as Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and sustainable Natural Resources Management (NRM). These issues must be addressed through multidisciplinary approaches. Read more...



Agricultural Innovation

The institutional context for agriculture and rural development is becoming more complex and diverse, generating opportunities for the participation of a wider range of actors in the innovation process. The agricultural innovation system approach highlights the importance of partnerships and networks. Read more...


Capacity Development and Knowledge Sharing in ComDev

A key factor in the success of development initiatives is local capacity to design and implement ComDev strategies and activities. FAO is promoting this capacity development approach by providing direct and in-service training to national institutions. Read more...


Gender Communication

Women play a critical role in rural life. It is therefore vital that rural women have the same access as men to resources and development opportunities so that they can fully contribute to increasing production, managing natural resources, achieving food and nutrition security. Read more...







FAO Communication for Development

What is ComDev?

Communication for Development (ComDev) is a social process based on dialogue using a broad range of tools and methods. ComDev is about seeking change at different levels including listening, establishing trust, sharing knowledge and skills, building policies, debating and learning for sustained and meaningful change.

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Communication for Development
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