Advancing participatory communication

Enabling community dialogue

Promoting gender equality

Raising farmer’s voice


  • The FAO Dimitra listeners’ clubs are groups of women, men and young people – mixed or not – who decide to organize themselves to work together to bring about changes in their communities. They meet regularly to discuss the challenges they face in their daily lives, make decisions and take action to resolve their problems. Set up in several sub-Saharan African countries, these clubs have been successful wherever they have been established.

  • Science journalist Lynne Smith offers a practical guide to a variety of online tools useful for journalists, working in the field of science (or not).

    You may find her guide on

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  • At its 16th and 17th sessions in 2008 and 2010 respectively, the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission deliberated on the issue of viable community involvement in forest and wildlife management and called upon its members and the international community to implement policies and actions to achieve this.

    This publication is yet again one of FAO's attempts at providing such support to the continent. It proposes key institutional, policy and legislative measures that need to be put in place for the sustainable engagement of local communities in forest management and development. Furthermore, the document emphasizes the need for collective vision, equitable benefit sharing and value development of - and market access for - products, in order to make community forestry attractive to both governments and target communities.

    This document is intended for use by policy-makers and forestry practitioners in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • "In this toolkit, we draw on the experience and contexts of women activists in southern Africa and beyond. And while we focus on women’s rights activists, anyone who is part of a movement for social change will find it useful.

    The toolkit aims to assist activists to think through their communication strategies in a way that supports movement building. It offers a practical guide to writing a communication strategy and reviews a number of tools (ICTs) and technology-related campaigns which can be used in organising work.

    The toolkit is also about feminist practice and how to use tools and communicate in ways that are democratic, make women’s voices stronger and louder whilst challenging stereotypes and discriminatory social norms. We hope it will assist activists in making creative, safe and sustainable choices in using ICTs in our communication strategies."

  • The report, "Agricultural Growth in West Africa: Market and Policy Drivers" (AGWA), comes at a time of great dynamism in the patterns of food demand in Africa.

    West Africa has unprecedented opportunities for agricultural growth, but making the most of them will require more effective  regional integration, says a new report by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

    [FAO Source]