Livelihoods approaches to information and communication in support of rural poverty elimination and food security

Livelihoods approaches to information and communication in support of rural poverty elimination and food security

Communication and information services for poor rural communities

This report looks at the of information in livelihoods, and makes recommendations on how agencies can capitalise on and integrate the best elements of traditional communication methods and the ICT revolution technologies within the livelihoods approach.

Seven key recommendations were identified :

  • determine who should pay: A new consensus is needed on who should pay for communication and information services for poor rural communities
  • Ensure equitable access: new systems must deliver the right kind of information in the right format, for poor people to ensure that existing inequalities are not exacerbated
  • Promote local content: it may be more useful to promote more information sharing between local institutions than bring in new information from outside
  • strengthen existing policies and systems: further work is needed to strengthen communication policies, and new systems should seek to build on existing systems
  • build capacity: capacity building is needed at all levels, to equip people with the new skills necessary to develop and manage new systems
  • use realistic technologies: the most effective systems use realistic technologies that enhance and add value to existing systems
  • build knowledge partnerships: new technologies provide enormous opportunities to build knowledge partnerships that cross national, ethnic and social boundaries

Website includes the full report, cuntry case studies and background information

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