Advancing participatory communication

Enabling community dialogue

Promoting gender equality

Raising farmer’s voice

YenKasa Africa is a regional platform designed to promote knowledge sharing and joint initiatives in communication applied to agriculture and rural development. 

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  • Family farming embodies a strategic pillar to achieve food security as well as the eradication of hunger and malnutrition in African countries. Despite their pivotal role, family farmers are still not considered enough from public policies. This affects and aggravates the land concentration, the displacement of families in the countryside as well as the low productivity and poor funding.
  • OVOP Gambia Project
    Strengthening the agricultural sector increase local food security and economic development. Most of West African small farmers face challenges in food production caused by weak market links. The Food Security through Commercialization of Agriculture (FSCA) project was implemented by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with funding from the Italian Government. Its aim was to advance rural development and food security through the enhancement of capacity- building of farmer-based organization in seven countries of West Africa.
  • Agriculture and small-scale farmering represent the livelihoods of millions of people. Agricultural information is a key component in improving small-scale agricultural production, rural livelihoods and food security. Nevertheless, farmers and small entrepreneurs do not have full access to price information due to poor communication facilities. The growing mobile phone market in Uganda provides a better environment for its application in various sectors including agriculture. The present case study discusses the role of mobile phones in improving communication in the Kabale district of Western Uganda.
  • In 1985, CESPA (Centre de Services de Production Audiovisuelle) was established by the Government of Mali with the assistance of ComDev (FAO) and UNDP. CESPA has turned into an autonomous national body, which largely manages to self-finance itself by providing training services, advice in communication and audiovisual technology and providing technical support in the installation of audiovisual units. CESPA works on three fronts: creating appropriate audiovisual materials, training animators and providing skills to disadvantaged communities.
  • Family farming represents all family-based agricultural activities and includes forestry, fisheries, pastoral and aquaculture production which are run by a family and chiefly dependent on family labor. Family farming embodies a pillar of food security since it produces food for domestic consumption. It is the basis of the sustainable production of food and ensures a balanced biodiversity environment. Moreover, family farming represents one of the largest sources of food production and job creation in rural areas of Africa, Latin America and Caribbean and Asia.