Advancing participatory communication

Enabling community dialogue

Promoting gender equality

Raising farmer’s voice


  • 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.