FCCM Recommendations Presented at Global Dialogue on Family Farming

On October 28th, 2014 Maria Pia Matta, President of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), presented a solid set of recommendations for the way forward with regards to communication for development in the framework of family farming.  The recommendations emanated from the Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM), which took place only days earlier at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Headquarters in Rome, Italy.  

The FCCM, an official event of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), showcased and raised awareness about the role of Communication for Development (ComDev) as a driver for innovation as well as family farmers’ participation in rural development. It also incorporated and accounted for the results of three sets of virtual consultations at regional level on the topic of“Communication for Development, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming and Rural Development”, held during the late summer (August 25- September 12) via FAO and AMARC’s three regional platforms ComDev AsiaOnda Rural and YenKasa Africa.  A global consultation on the same topic was also held via the e-Agriculture community of practice.     

The recommendations were presented on the occasion of the Global Dialogue on Family Farming, which aimed to bring together government representatives, family farmers and their organizations, civil society, private sector, academia and development agencies, to take stock of the momentum created during the IYFF and set the tone for a pro-family farming agenda for action post-2014.  There is no doubt that communication for development has a role to play in this agenda, as the participants of the FCCM agreed that sustainable social and economic development begins when farmers, communities and people are empowered to make decisions for their own lives!

Please find here the final statements in English, French and Spanish