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Planning an international seminar on the media’s role in agriculture and rural development (by Blythe McKay, Farm Radio International’s Development Communication Coordinator)

Earlier this month, I joined peers from Africa, Europe, and the Pacific to plan an exciting international seminar that will take place from October 12-16, 2009. The event will take place in Brussels, bringing together more than 120 people involved in media and agriculture/rural development in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. The aim of the seminar will be to discuss successes and challenges, and determine how to increase the effectiveness of media in supporting agriculture and rural development.

Please stay tuned to Farm Radio Weekly for more information about this event. We will be announcing a call for presentation proposals in the coming weeks!

Participants in the steering committee for the upcoming international seminar are pictured below (from left to right): Blythe McKay, Development Communication Coordinator for Farm Radio International; Helène Michaud, Director of BARN; Abibatou Diop-Boaré, Associate Director of CIRES, Université Abidjan; Riccardo del Castello, Communication Officer for FAO, Research and Extension Division; Louis Amede, Secretary General of Fraternité Matin; Stephen Hazelman, Coordinator of SPC; Oumy Ndiaye, Head of Department for CTA; Sarah Bel, Communications Officer for Microinsurance Innovation Facility, International Labour Organization; Souleymane Ouattara, journalist for Jade Productions; José Filipe Fonseca, Senior Programme Coordinator for CTA; Helen Hambly Odame, Associate Professor at the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph; Paul Onana, intern at CTA; André Vugayabagabo, Senior Progamme Coordinator for CTA; and translator.

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