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This module is part of a course elaborated in the context of the collaboration between FAO project named Communication for Sustainable Development Initiative (CSDI) and Openet S.p.A. Technologies in ...
This module is part of a course elaborated in the context of the collaboration between FAO project named Communication for Sustainable Development Initiative (CSDI) and Openet S.p.A. Technologies in the Democratic Republic of Congo. CSDI and Openet Technologies S.p.A launched (2012) the initiative ‘Rural radio’ to support sustainable agricultural development in DRC. This initiative was part of the Satellite Way for Education Project funded by Openet and the European Space Agency (ESA): the main objective is to strengthen initiatives and preparedness interventions in the field of ComDev on climate change, food security and rural livelihoods. With the support of AMARC and thanks to Openet technical assistance, a number of rural radios have taken part in the initiative. Rural radios are one of the most widespread forms of media used in Congo and therefore can facilitate a community’s dialogue as well as knowledge-sharing on adaptation to climate change. At the same time, the project supported the creation of radio networks where people were able to share knowledge and experiences about the impact of climate change and food insecurity. In order to reinforce knowledge sharing, the project provided intensive training to 57 journalists of ten different rural radios based on broadcasting capabilities, participatory methodologies and technical notions regarding climate change and food nutrition. Openet and CSDI project increased the technology capacity of rural radios involved by providing them with lap-tops, modems and satellite connection.