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Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) implies a multi-stakeholders action, innovation and a process of social learning for adaptive livelihoods. Within this framework, communication plays a key role to facilitate knowledge sharing, participation and to enhance rural institutions capacities to assist small farmers to face climate change challenges.
CBA requires communication methods and tools to deal in an integrated manner with climate change issues, in order to:
• involve communities through participation and dialogue;
• discover with farmers appropriate technologies, livelihood options and sound economic practices;
• share knowledge through improved advisory services, such as Farmer and Climate Field Schools, demonstrations, field days etc.
Communication for Development (ComDev) is an approach promoted by FAO and other development agencies. It is central to CBA as it combines participatory communication methods and processes with a variety of media and tools, ranging from rural radio to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
The FAO’s Communication for Sustainable Development Initiative (CSDI) is documenting and sharing good practices on the use of communication for CBA and it is piloting out strategies and services in selected pilot areas, namely: Congo, Jamaica, Bangladesh and Bolivia. These initiatives and other ongoing efforts and experiences will be shared and assessed in a working session at the conference come up with a common framework on communication for CBA.