Communication for Development
 

Publications

October 2003
Understanding the indigenous knowledge and information systems of pastoralists in Eritrea

The present study has been developed within the framework of research and field activities related to knowledge and communication for sustainable natural resource management carried out by the Extension, Education and Communication Service(SDRE) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The paper is the outcome of a desk study analyzing the Indigenous Knowledge and Information Systems (IKIS) of pastoralists in Eritrea, and was prepared in collaboration with the Faculty of Agricolture of University of Perugia, Italy and the Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa (PENHA).

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October 2003
Communication and Natural Resource Management

An E-forum on perspectives, principles and future directions

Throughout September 2003, 49 individuals working in the field of communication and natural resource management (CNRM) participated in an on-line discussion jointly moderated by FAO and The Communication Initiative. This e-forum was based on a review of the book “Communication and Natural Resource Management: Experience/Theory” which presents short case studies, reflections and exercises to guide readers through a self learning process about CNRM and how to improve its impact in the field. As part of the same process, participants analysed the main results of the e-forum and made recommendations for future action.

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September 2003
Socio-cultural constraints and the need for information about reproductive health for youth and men in Cameroon

Case study 21

This study was undertaken in rural Cameroon, in 18 villages in the central, southern, eastern and extreme northern provinces. The study concentrated upon understanding socio-cultural factors which discourage the use of health centers by men and youth, in addition to understanding their needs for reproductive health information. The study illustrates constraints upon the use of health centers and the utilization of family planning, especially among men and youth. The study also examines the most appropriate communication networks and the most requested reproductive health information among the surveyed public.

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August 2003
Revisiting the “Magic Box”

Case Studies in Local Appropriation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)

The Communication for Development Group of the Extension, Education and Communication Service (SDRE) of FAO has over 30 years of experience in communication projects, methodologies and media, particularly in pioneering the use of community-based and traditional media like drama, video and community radio. FAO has also emphasized the critical role that participatory communication plays in involving communities as active participants in rural development. In the mid 1990s attention turned to the potential role that new and increasingly cheaper ICTs could play in rural development, including the seminal publication ‘The First Mile of Connectivity.’1 The use of the term ‘first’ mile ...

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July 2003
Communication and Natural Resource Management

This book has been written as a tool for people involved or interested in communication and natural resource management who seek a better understanding of how different theories and strategic change principles relate to actual practice. It is not, however, a book of theory nor is it an argument for one approach over another. Instead, it relates a variety of theories and change principles in simplified, almost schematic form, to a series of real initiatives in the field through interactive "experiences".

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