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2010 Scriptwriting Competition is starting

Liliane and I are ready to evaluate the entries for the 2010 Scriptwriting Competition organized by Farm Radio International. This year the topic is “Using radio to share stories about healthy communities“: 68 scripts have been selected to take part to the first round of the competition.

Check the list of participants.


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AMARC Asia Pacific 2nd Regional Conference Begins

Very positive impressions after Day one of the AMARC Asia Pacific 2nd Regional Conference that has just started this morning in Bangalore, India.

After the morning Plenary sessions dedicated to the topics of main interest for the members as “Airwaves for Sustainability and Justice” and “Radio friendly legislation in Asia Pacific“, the afternoon was divided into several workshops.

I joined the one about the idea of creating a regional news agency to serve AMARC members but not only. During the discussion, the need of stronger networking among members was clearly stated by the majority of the participants: knowledge sharing is a main issue also in this context.

I think we, at FAO, have the knowledge to provide a major support both on the idea of setting up the news agency and on the side of increasing networking activities.


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2nd AMARC Asia Pacific Conference

Do you remember the AMARC Pan African Conference I took part last April, in Abidjan? Good! I’m almost ready to go to Bangalore to take part to the 2nd AMARC Asia Pacific Conference!

Reports will be available soon in this blog as well as on my twitter account.

This is a very important occasion to meet for the first time with such a large group of Asian radio broadcasters who are actually expanding and developing many activities in the field of rural and community radio.


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4th AMARC Pan African Conference

I’m very happy to participate to the AMARC Africa’s 4th Pan African Conference!

At the Conference, AMARC will gather its members, community radio stakeholders and relevant partner organizations to discuss the challenges of community radio in Africa. In his invitation, Marcelo Solervicens, Secretary General of AMARC, is eager to stimulate further collaboration between the major partners.

In particular, the Conference will be an excellent opportunity to follow-up on the technical consultation workshop organized jointly in Rome last year on the theme of “Independent, Rural and Community Radios” being other partners like Dimitra and Farm Radio International also invited.

My presence is intended to strengthen relationships with Radio broadcasters and the AMARC representatives in Africa and also to explore concrete possibilities to establish new partnerships in the field of rural radios. During the Conference it will be possible to learn more about habits, attitudes and needs of radio broadcasters in terms of: content needed, communication flows among members, computer literacy and use of ICTs.

The information collected and the relationships created during the event will allow a deeper knowledge of the communication needs of the AMARC members and will help the knowledge sharing process among partners.

To know more, have a look at:


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More and more integration and convergence

The Digital World Forum “Africa Perspective on the role of Mobile Technologies in fostering social and economic development” held in Maputo 1 – 2 April 2009 seemed to have produced numerous interventions in support of the idea of convergence between tools.

Have a look at this two interviews with Ken Banks of FrontlineSMS on “Using SMS for climate adaptation activism”:

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and Bartholomew Fisher Sulivan of Farmer Radio International on “Connecting farmer radios to mobile phones”:
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