Film-making farmers

Leiden, Netherlands

The latest edition of ICT Update magazine has just been published.

The latest edition of ICT Update magazine has just been published.

ICT Update (http://ictupdate.cta.int) is a bimonthly printed bulletin, web magazine, and accompanying email newsletter focusing on the use of information and communication technologies in agriculture in developing countries. It is published in English and French, by CTA (Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation) in Wageningen in the Netherlands. Each issue focuses on a specific theme and the latest issue has just been published.

This edition’s theme is ‘Film-making farmers’. It’s a comprehensive look at the uses of digital video – participatory and otherwise – in agriculture and rural development. In the lead article, we investigate how farmers and fishers in the Niger Delta are using an innovative combination of participatory video, mobile-to-web messaging and online video sharing to take on the oil companies that are polluting their lands and waters. We also cover a project in Ghana where cocoa growers are producing videos that teach improved cocoa cultivation principles to their fellow farmers. While HIV/Aids continues to imperil the agricultural workforce across Africa, an Aids support group in Malawi is using participatory video to boost their self-esteem and to encourage others to get themselves tested. In our Question & Answer feature, we interview Jamaica-based participatory video expert Maria Protz on the role of gender in participatory video. We even have an equipment inventory and example budget for any readers who want to start up their own participatory video project.

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