Centre works with FAO to form ComDev Global Research Initiative

The Centre for Communication and Social Change at UQ has been leading the formation of the Communication for Rural Development and Social Change – Global Research Initiative (GRI), along with members from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Wageningen University, University of Guelph, University of Reading, and University of the Philippines Los Baños.

The Centre for Communication and Social Change at UQ has been leading the formation of the Communication for Rural Development and Social Change – Global Research Initiative (GRI), along with members from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Wageningen University, University of Guelph, University of Reading, and University of the Philippines Los Baños. 
 
The GRI was formed as a follow up of a pre-conference on ‘Communication for Sustainable Rural Development and Social Change’ organised by representatives from the above organisations at the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference in Hyderabad in July 2014. A workplan was consolidated after the GRI members participated in the ‘Forum on Communication for Development & Community Media for Family Farming’ (FCCM) organised by FAO in October 2014. 
 
The ComDev GRI exists to mainstream communication for development into the wider development agenda and practice, and has been formed by the leading research institutions in the field. They aim to collaborate and lead research into communication for development and social change. A first collaborative activity emerged from the FCCM in the form of a research project on ‘Evidence-based approaches for rural communication services’ commissioned by FAO to the GRI and coordinated by the UQ CfCSC.
 
For 2015, GRI has lined up a number of other activities that would place ComDev on the agenda of development and communication–related international conferences, meetings and events. These include two symposia at the forthcoming 22nd European Seminar on Extension and Education (ESEE), April 28-May 1, 2015 in Wageningen, The Netherlands, and a panel presentation at the IAMCR Conference, July 12-16, 2015, in Montreal, Canada. The IAMCR panel serves the purpose to explore opportunities for establishing a new Working Group on Rural Communication within the IAMCR structure.
 
In terms of research and capacity building, GRI has also identified possible areas of work in the following area:  mapping e-learning modules and higher education courses on ComDev; mapping community for development research and methodologies; fielding student assistants for such activities and for internships in FAO projects; considering a global PhD course (similar to WASS structure) to be held in Rome in close connection with FAO and the University of Perugia; conducting an inventory of shared sources (text books, learning environments); using and actively contributing to the recent publication of Communication for Rural Development Sourcebook; and promote exchange through visiting scholars and fellowships. 
 
Centre Director Assistant Professor Elske van de Fliert said that, "The ComDev GRI provides a unique opportunity for academics and practitioners across the world to share experiences and models for ComDev implementation and evaluation, and to collaborate on research projects that raise awareness about the key role that communication plays in sustainable development". 
 
 

ARC research looks at the work and dreams of refugees

Centre Affiliates Dr Aparna Hebbani and Dr Levi Obijiofor have been working on an ARC Linkage project that explores the current employment experiences and long-term aspirations of recent refugee arrivals in Australia, and the ways in which refugees communicate these aspirations to their children.

Centre Affiliates Dr Aparna Hebbani and Dr Levi Obijiofor have been working on an ARC Linkage project that explores the current employment experiences and long-term aspirations of recent refugee arrivals in Australia, and the ways in which refugees communicate these aspirations to their children. 

The research project is in collaboration with Access Community Services Ltd. [ACSL], which provides settlement and employment services to refugees. They are part of a research team that consists of Emeritus Professor Cindy Gallois (UQ), Associate Professor Nigar Khawaja (QUT), and Associate Professor Val Colic-Peisker (RMIT).
 
The project’s aim is to gather information on the employment aspirations of former refugees from various refugee communities and if these aspirations vary among the communities being studied. Another aim is to understand how parents’ aspirations influence messages they give to the second generation regarding education and employment trajectories. The study will also collect data on acculturation and acculturative stress faced by these humanitarian entrants in Australia. Dr Hebbani says “our findings will assist refugee settlement providers with data to then start new programs which will aid long-term settlement.”
 
Participants of the study are former refugees from the Karen, Karenni and Chin communities from Burma, as well as the Congolese and Ethiopian communities. To be eligible, participants must have been in Australia for at least one year and have at least one child who is 9 years or over. ACCESSS has been supporting the process when needed with interpreters, bilingual bicultural support as well as helping with the participant recruitment process. As part of data collection in Year 1, 222 adult refugees living in South-east Queensland were surveyed. Data were collected over a period of 10 months (August 2013-May 2014). Phase two of the study involves in-depth interviews, which started in March 2015.

The project has not been without its difficulties and setbacks. “This project has been an interesting journey in terms of challenges with regard to conducting research with CALD communities,” says Dr Hebbani. She adds “One cannot use a ‘one method fits all’ approach to conduct research as each refugee community is different and their culture varies even among various Burmese communities and among both participants from both African nations. For instance, working with the Karen participants is different from working with the Congolese.” It appears that refugees may be over-researched (similar to working with Indigenous communities). Dr Hebbani says “many participants do not understand what research is, why it is needed, and they expect to see instant results. They lead busy lives with large families to look after so many don’t have time to take part in research projects.”

Dr Hebbani is about to present their findings on predictors of employment success at the International Communication Association (ICA) Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico in May 2015. Associate Professor Nigar Khawaja (QUT) will also be presenting a paper from the findings at the International Academy for Intercultural Research (IAIR) Biennial Congress in Bergen, Norway in June 2015.
 
The research results will be disseminated to project partners, in addition to findings presented at national/international conferences and journal articles. Results will be presented at the end of the project to leaders from all the communities involved.
 

Palgrave MacMillan Communication for Social Change Book Series

The prestigious global academic publisher Palgrave Macmillan is partnering with the CfCSC to produce a book series which explores new thinking in Communication for Social Change theory, methods and policy, and its multiple interfaces between culture, technology, political economy and social change.

The prestigious global academic publisher Palgrave Macmillan has accepted a proposal from CfCSC for a book series on Communication for Social Change (CSC). CfCSC scholars Pradip Thomas and Elske van de Fliert will be the editors of the book series.

The book series explores new thinking in Communication for Social Change theory, methods and policy, and its multiple interfaces between culture, technology, political economy and social change.

It also spotlights ingenuity in theory, innovation in methods, and novelty in determining policy issues.
 
According to CfCSC Co-Director Associate Professor Pradip Thomas, the CfCSC has a strong, knowledgeable and committed team to undertake this new project.
 
“I believe that we have the capacity to contribute to the establishment of globally recognised series. The prospective contributors have a range of CSC interests and engage with CSC from a variety of vantage points. That makes our team unique.” Professor Thomas said.
 
The main goal of the publication is to establish a creative, innovative book series that contributes to filling the gaps in current knowledge about CSC by engaging with and expanding on theory of CSC, investigating new research methods, exploring emerging dimensions with new technologies, and creating a body of knowledge on policy making in areas relevant to CSC, and exploring how these policies influence the CSC agenda.
 
“Cultural, technological and social change has always impacted on its theorising and it is important that theory keeps up with these changes. Furthermore, there is a need for conversations between theory and practice – and we hope that books in this series will be able to explore new ideas, new pathways, and new ways of making sense of complexity”, said Thomas.
 
In terms of scope Thomas suggested that this series is for those who can explore new interfaces between communication, technology, culture and the social.
 
Palgrave Macmillan serves learning and scholarship in higher education and professional markets, publishing textbooks, journals, monographs, professional and reference works in print and online.
 
For authors and/or scholars thinking on proposing a book for this series, Associate Professor Thomas advises to take risks, explore new ideas, be critical, and above all, make sure that the propose is a manageable, achievable project.
 
The series editors are still welcoming book proposals. If you think you have a project that may be suitable, get in touch with the Series Editors, CfCSC: Pradip Thomas (pradip.thomas@uq.edu.au); Elske van de Fliert (e.vandefliert@uq.edu.au); or the Publisher at Palgrave Macmillan: Felicity Plester (f.plester@palgrave.com)
 
Download the series flyer here.
 
For more information please visit www.palgrave.com

ACIAR project connecting with East Timorese farmers

A collaborative livestock systems project in Timor Leste involving QAAFI, the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences (SAFS) and the Centre for Communication for Social Change (CfCSC), funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), has been extended until 2015.

A collaborative livestock systems project in Timor Leste involving QAAFI, the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences (SAFS) and the Centre for Communication for Social Change (CfCSC), funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), has been extended until 2015.

Associate Professor Elske van de Fliert is working with project leader Geoffrey Fordyce, Dr Simon Quigley and Dr Scott Waldren from the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Neal Dalgliesh from CSIRO and local staff from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the National University of Timor Lorosa'e and ACIAR beef projects. The aim of the project is to improve the livelihoods of smallholder beef cattle systems in the region.

A/P Van de Fliert says the research will enable the project team to understand the realities of smallholder cattle farmers in Timor Leste and together with the communities identify needs and opportunities to design and test improved systems.

‘Our research methods include problem tree analysis and concept mapping exercises to help farmers communicate their perspectives to the project team’.

Project staff have received training from all Australia staff each time they visit.  This includes considerable communications training which is fundamental to delivery of recommendations from our research to farmers.  This is now being implemented as an “outreach” program that brings together the interventions being recommended and communications skills development. Extension of the project will enable the outreach program to be applied to a more complete cycle of events, thus better positioning staff for future extension.
 
Further training and media activities will be conducted, including an intensive training of trainers’ workshop. Together, these will provide Field Researchers with necessary experience for future farmer support.
 
The Timor Leste government sees beef cattle as a major commodity for domestic and international trade. Likewise, Indonesian importers see Timor Leste cattle owners as a significant supply source.Market research will be completed through: identification of more commercialised cattle producers including fattening households in project districts; identification of cattle spotters and traders in project districts; identify and develop linkages with traders and butchers in Dili and district centres who could buy cattle from project sites; and develop links at national and district levels with banks that may enter into savings and loan arrangements. Training at UNTL Faculty of Agriculture on value chain analysis will be undertaken, drawing on the Timor Leste beef industry as a case study.
 

 

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Improving the lives of Indonesian legume farmers

The Centre has been involved since 2010 in a project entitled ‘Improving smallholder cattle fattening systems based on forage tree legume (FTL) diets in Eastern Indonesia and Northern Australia’ funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). The project is targeting smallholder cattle farmers in Lombok, Sumbawa, West Timor and Sumba.

The CfCSC’s Director, Elske van de Fliert, has been involved since 2010 in a project entitled ‘Improving smallholder cattle fattening systems based on forage tree legume (FTL) diets in Eastern Indonesia and Northern Australia’ led by the Associate Professor Max Shelton of the UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences (SAFS) and funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). Other partners in this project are the Assessment Institutes for Agricultural Technology in NTB and NTT provinces, the University of Mataram and CSIRO. The project is targeting smallholder cattle farmers in Lombok, Sumbawa, West Timor and Sumba.

 
Through a separate agreement with ACIAR from 2010-2013, Elske was in charge of conducting a diagnostic Situation Analysis study at the start of the project, building participatory research and communication skills among junior field researchers, and designing an outreach strategy to engage smallholder farmers in implementation of improved FTL-based cattle managed systems. A new agreement with ACIAR and the CfCSC has become operational in June 2014 for the period 2014-16 during which the outreach strategy will be piloted on a larger scale and impact assessment case studies will be conducted. During this phase, she will work closely with Dr Nurul Hilmiati, who graduated for her PhD in Communication for Social Change from UQ in 2013, and upon return from Brisbane got promoted as Head of Collaboration and Assessment Services Division of the Assessment Institutes for Agricultural Technology in NTB.
 
This project provides a very interesting case to explore the mechanisms for a transdisciplinary approach to research for development. It experiments with communication methods to align scientists, agricultural extension services and rural communities in their collaborative effort to achieving outcomes that eventually benefit families who are living on small pockets of land.
 

Sharing knowledge through Herder Service Centres in Mongolia

The Centre for Communication and Social Change (CfCSC) is working on the Extension Component of the Green Gold - Phase IV project in Mongolia. Phase IV of the project focuses on communication services to facilitate access for herders to practicable knowledge and opportunities for exchange and collective action.

The Centre for Communication and Social Change (CfCSC) in collaboration with UniQuest has won a tender for the Extension Component of the Green Gold - Phase IV project in Mongolia.

The Green Gold project is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and started in 2004 to promote collective actions for sustainable rangeland management and improving herders’ access to knowledge and markets in western Mongolia.
 
The new Extension Component of Phase IV of the project involves the establishment and operationalisation of communication services to facilitate access for herders to practicable knowledge and opportunities for exchange and collective action.
 
Centre Director Elske van de Fliert will lead the project team, which will further involve CfCSC affiliate Dr Erdenebolor Baast, an agricultural  extension specialist from the Association for Sustainable Rural Development (ASRD) in Mongolia and PhD candidate Graham Walker, environmental education specialist and participatory video expert.
 
The Centre’s approach to the implementation of GG IV calls for well-informed individual decision making as well as collective planning and action at the farm household and community level. The project methodology applies interactive participatory approaches and works from the principle of facilitation of access to information, services, technologies and learning, and exchange opportunities.
 
The project timeframe is slightly over three years (Nov 2013 – Dec 2016) and the volume of funding is CHF 1.7 million (approximately AUD 2 million).
 

 

UN Round Table on Communication for Development paper

CfCSC produced a background discussion paper for the XIII United Nation’s Inter-Agency Round Table on Communication for Development. The paper examined current trends, challenges and opportunities for mainstreaming Communication for Development into policies and programs addressing food and nutrition security, rural livelihoods, and resilience to threats and crises.

The Centre for Communication and Social Change was invited to produce background discussion paper for the XIII United Nation’s Inter-Agency Round Table on Communication for Development, hosted by the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) in Rome next year.

PhD students Hagos Nigussie from Ethiopia, Grady Walker from the United States, Steve Sam from Sierra Leona, CSC master graduate Laura Simpson Reeves from Australia and CfCSC staff Claudia Sepulveda from Chile worked on the paper under the supervision of Centre Director Elske van de Fliert.
 
According to Associate Professor Elske van de Fliert this engagement with FAO was a great opportunity for the CfCSC to connect with organisations that actively practise Communication for Development in the field to feed research experiences into field practice. It also provides a unique chance for our students to reflect on the application of Communication for Social Change by large development organisations.
 
The goal of the upcoming XIII UNRT is to discuss the opportunities for a more prominent and mainstreamed role of Communication for Development within the UN system, mechanisms for strengthening inter-agency collaboration, and the application of Communication for Development principles and strategies to maximise the impact of development programs.
 
The CfCSC examined current trends, challenges and opportunities for mainstreaming Communication for Development into policies and programs addressing food and nutrition security, rural livelihoods, and resilience to threats and crises.
 
Since 1986 the Round Table has been recognised by the UN as an important mechanism of interagency cooperation and coordination for promoting and advancing communication for development.
 
In 2014 the focus of the Round Table will be on Communication for Development in agricultural policies and sustainable livelihoods. Since the RT will coincide with the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) under the leadership of FAO, it is proposed that the main theme be addressed from a “Family Farming” perspective.
 
The paper is available here. 
 

 

Big Stories Small Towns Beaudesert

Big Stories Small Towns Beaudesert was a collaboration between the CfCSC and the multiplatform documentary project Big Stories Small Towns. Staff and students from the Centre created films and digital stories with the community of Beaudesert.

The Big Stories Small Towns Beaudesert collaboration between the CfCSC and the multiplatform documentary project Big Stories Small Towns officially started in late June in Beaudesert.

Postdoctoral Researcher and Big Stories Creative Director and Producer Martin Potter started the project in 2008 in Port Augusta and it has since spread its wings across the Asia Pacific, running in Banlung, Cambodia and recently wrapping up post production in Raja Ampat, Papua New Guinea. Big Stories Small Towns features collaboration between small town communities and filmmakers in residence. The project is shaped through extensive local consultation and participation to create stories made by both filmmakers and community members.
 
Centre Project Officer Samantha Ryan worked as Producer with filmmaker in residence Peter Hegedus. CSC Masters students enrolled in the new Participatory Media Production course were involved in the project in the semester two, creating work with the local community.
 
“I first became involved with the community in Beaudesert last year, when I was a Project Officer working with ECCQ conducting training and forums across Queensland to get multicultural voices out into the media. I was also conducting a digital storytelling project with State Library of Queensland with Australian South Sea Islander communities, Memories of a Forgotten People. I was invited out to talk to the committee about an event they were creating, This Is Our Story, which was a commemorative walk which marked 150 years since the first Australian South Sea Islanders were brought from Vanuatu into Queensland to work as indentured labour in cotton plantations” Samantha said.
 
“I thought there was something really powerful and amazing happening in this community, the weaving together of different people’s stories. I suggested Big Stories to the community after the event was a bit success, as a way to keep this creative storytelling happening. I’m so excited to now be able to work with them to make it happen!” she said.
 
Big Stories focuses on those caring for and creating their own community. From the Longriders in Murray Bridge, the Ngarrindjeri community of Raukkan on the shores of Lake Alexandrina, the Men’s Shed in Port Augusta to the Tampuon people of Banlung on the edge of the jungle in Northern Cambodia, Big Stories aims to connect local stories to build a diverse and inspiring global portrait of country life.
 
The current phase of the project is community consultation to find out what local people from Beaudesert want to portray in the documentary. Themes portrayed in the works range from love, work, family, dreams, history, and community.
 
The project launched in Beaudesert to a large community audience on November 7 2014 and was screened to a Brisbane audience at the Griffith Film School on February 23 2015. You can see all of the resulting films and community made content at www.bigstories.com.au/towns/beaudesert. 
 

 

Indigenous Communication Strategy scoping study

Postdoctoral Researcher Martin Potter and Centre Project Officer Samantha Ryan conducted a scoping study with the Australian Indigenous Communications Association (AICA) in Hope Vale, Cape York, on indigenous radio.

Postdoctoral Researcher Martin Potter and Centre Project Officer Samantha Ryan conducted a scoping study with the Australian Indigenous Communications Association (AICA) in Hope Vale, Cape York, on indigenous radio.

The pilot project seeks to develop indigenous communication centres in four proposed sites. The proposed initiative is about fostering Indigenous knowledge, developing local skills, playing to cultural strengths and building on current community activities and infrastructure. The Centre would work across many media – radio, online, print and video and would offer training, content production and numerous enterprise opportunities.
 
The aim of the study was to establish an understanding of the project at a local community level and to better understand community interest, capacity, needs and constraints.
 
The team spent five days visiting stakeholders working across sectors and representing different aspects of the Hope Vale community and external engagement with service providers and government in Cairns and Cooktown.
 
“It was excellent for us to be out in the field getting the perspectives of that community. They were supportive of the idea of the communication centre and the role it could play in their community, especially promoting youth leadership, language and culture. We’re looking forward to working with AICA on the next stages.” Samantha said.
 
This scoping study reflects the findings of the first stage of a proposed multi-stage pilot project to create Indigenous Communication Centres, building on the current network, activities, cultural importance and community ownership of the Remote Indigenous Broadcasting System (RIBS) and the Remote Indigenous Media Organisations (RIMOs).
 
In this initiative, UQ is working with Australian Indigenous Communication Association (AICA). AICA is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander national peak elected representative body for all aspects of the broadcasting and media sector in Australia.
The AICA provides support, representation and a voice for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and organisations that are actively involved in or connected with broadcasting.
 
The AICA also formulates and advocates policy with and for the national members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander broadcasting and media sector in urban, rural and remote areas who are working within broadcasting, print, online, film, video and television.
 

 

Supporting smallholder farmers in North-West Vietnam

The CfCSC uses participatory development communication processes to coordinate a $2.2 million ACIAR project.

Launched in May 2009, the main participants in this program are smallholder farmers in the north-west highlands of Vietnam who have recently acquired market access and are in the transition to commercial agriculture. The aim of this project is to increase participants’ engagement in competitive value chains associated with maize and temperate fruit based farming systems, while improving land and crop management practices for the development of sustainable and profitable farming systems.

The project’s first year highlighted the effectiveness of a system’s-based, participatory approach in the identification of potential innovations that can support farmers to change their current practices towards more profitable and sustainable farming. Farmers showed committed engagement in the experiments in most locations, although the benefits on their livelihood will still have to be proven throughout the project’s remaining stages.
 
Researchable areas include practice change models, development, soil erosion management, integrated crop management, and value chain analysis.
 
 

Capacity building and knowledge exchange in Indonesia

The CfCSC supports Indonesia's Smallholder Agribusiness Development Initiative (SADI) through exploring stakeholder models for participatory

Commissioned by ACIAR in 2007 the project provides support to Indonesia's Smallholder Agribusiness Development Initiative (SADI) which was established to address long-standing issues and constraints relating to agricultural production and rural poverty in Eastern Indonesia.

Support is provided in the form of advice and collaboration on workshops, new model exploration, field visits, methodology and reporting, in the following areas:
Institutional assessments to determine the nature and effectiveness of current research-extension linkages and methods
Strengthening linkages between R&D and extension providers
Improving extension media and materials to assist in disseminating successful R&D outcomes
Recommending approaches to agricultural technology assessment

Utilising improved linkages, media and approaches for the pilot roll-out of promising technical options resulting from adaptive R&D activities.

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Developing a human and social impact assessment framework

Drawing from experiences in communication and development projects the CfCSC developed a human and social impacts framework and methods for assessment.

The University of Queensland funded the development of a human and social capital impact framework and methods for assessment. Research was conducted to explore and define the links between human, social and financial capital. This helped form this framework that will be used to strengthen the research and evaluation in other development initiative currently being implemented by the CfCSC (including the current Vietnam ACIAR project).

Developing media training skills- My Media Trainer

The CfCSC created an interactive, CD-based educational training program and resources kit commissioned by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

This project required the development of an interactive, educational program and resources kit is designed to help media professionals to develop training skills and techniques, thus enabling to initiate and implement courses, workshops and seminars.

The resource kit needed to address media professionals’ existing skills and competencies in their own fields and guide them in how to teach those skills to others, whether through formal classroom activities, in ‘on-the-job’ settings or during specialist workshops.

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ICT policy development in the Solomon Islands

Technical advice and guidance was given to help develop an information communication technologies (ICT) policy in the Solomon Islands.

Working with the Prime Minister’s Office for the Solomon Island the CfCSC supported the preparation and design of the draft national communications and ICT strategic policy framework for Solomon Islands. This work was funded by the British High Commission in Honiara.

R&D needs and opportunities assessment in Vietnam

Working with ACIAR the CfCSC was awarded $109,849 to conduct a scoping study to identify agricultural needs and opportunities in rural upland communities in the North-West of Vietnam.

This project involved Vietnamese and Australian R&D institutions and individuals towards the planning and implementation of research, targeting the specific needs of rural upland communities. It was also essential to identify constraints and R&D needs and opportunities related to agricultural livelihood systems in rural upland communities. The objective was to develop a framework for an agricultural systems research program targeting the needs of rural upland communities in north-western Vietnam.

The project involved a general profiling of 6 provinces in north-west Vietnam although data was collected on R&D needs and opportunities in only three provinces. It was found that the region lagged in agricultural development in comparison to the lowlands region/s but that a strong capacity for research exists.

A recommendation was provided for a potential research program consisting of a number of components.

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Short-term Capacity Building Training

Working with the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development the CfCSC has been involved in consultancies in India, Iran, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Macau SAR, and the South Pacific region, including Fiji.

These consultancies have involved a wide range of institutions (including government and media organisations) in areas related to communication, journalism, and development.

Social change research for ethnic minority communities- Vietnam

This projected involved a participatory needs and opportunity assessment for communities’ crop and pest management needs.

This project involved a needs and opportunity assessment study among ethnic minority communities and community-based organisations working in these communities. A study was conducted to identify appropriate research partners in Vietnam for follow-up participatory research and a training workshop was development and implemented for R&D practitioners on participatory research and dissemination approaches.

The project is expected to culminate in the formulation of a follow-up research and development program applying participatory approaches to target the crop and pest management needs of ethnic minority communities in Central Vietnam.

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Assistance in developing tertiary studies in Fiji

From 2009 to 2011 the CfCSC is supporting the University of the South Pacific in creating contextual communication and journalism courses.

This consultancy project is for a 3 year period and involves assessing the communication and journalism programs at the University of South Pacific. The recommendations aim to improve the content and delivery of the courses, and create more relevant content. The recommendations are in the process of being implemented.

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