The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recently held on the 27th of June a seminar entitled, "Towards Inclusive Rural Communication Services: Contributing to Poverty Reduction and the SDGs". This seminar is timely in that FAO recently aligned its strategic objectives with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is an interest in reaching out to the rural communities, and in particular smallholder and family farmers face social, economic and environmental challenges and access to information can make a huge difference in allevieting poverty.
In 2014, FAO carried a forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming which show cased the contribution of Communication for Development (ComDev) to save livelihoods of family farmers worldwide. This forum discussion addressed the need to promote Rural Communication Services (RCS). The present seminar is an exhibition of FAO to partner with academia, research institutions, governments, UN agencies and farmer organisations to ignite policy dialogue and collaboration in the Rural Communication Services.
FAO strategic objective 3 : Reducing Rural Poverty, seek to support governments in overcoming the hurdles to rural poverty reduction, and seek to do so in three broad outcomes:-
- Empowerment of the rural poor in gaining sustainable access to resources and services
- Improved access for the rural poor to opportunities for decent farm and non-farm employment
- Improved social protection systems
The challenge is to ensure that the RCS should help in meeting the outcomes of FAO's strategic objective 3 and the related SDG indicator(s).
- Towards inclusive RCS for poverty reduction and food security (Panel +Q&A)
- Rural Communication: experiences and appropriations (Panel + Q&A)
- RCS in the framework of the SDGs (Panel + Q&A)
- Perspectives in RCS