South Asia roundtable on family farming
South Asia Roundtable on family farming and community radio
Community Radio and Family farming from the South Asian seminar on Community radio held on September 6th, 2013 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC Asia Pacific) and the SAARC Information Center (SIC) organized a conference on the state of community broadcasting in South Asia. The conference 'Enhancing the Role of Community Radio and Promoting Positive Social Change' In addition to high ranking government officials from all over the region, community radio broadcasters and advocates as well as activists, representatives of multilateral organizations and the academia participated. The conference held discussions on policy reform as well as the developmental dimension of community broadcasting.
One of the key sessions held to discuss the challenges and opportunities of community radios at local levels was its role in promoting family farming and small farming communities. Indeed, a special session entitled 'Community media action to advance family farming – How can CR support small farming?' was organized in the conference. In addition to all the participants from Nepal and other South Asian Countries, this session had invited special participation of grassroots level broadcasters that specialize in working with small farming communities and family farmers in remotes parts of their countries. Two such participants from Krishi Radio (Nepal's Nepal's only agriculture radio) and Community Radio Sangham from a remote village in South India made presentations of their work with family farming communities. In addition their presentations, presentations were made on the role of community radio in Bangladesh in support of family farming and the SAARC Agricultural Center made presentations as well.