On 25th October 2018, CFI Media Development in partnership with Thmey Thmey association, GRET and Agroecology Learning Alliance Network in South East Asia organized a forum on “how can we develop rural information in the media?“ at Khmer Surin Restaurant in Phnom Penh.
The main objectives of the forum are:
- To officially launch the “Rural Networks” project in Cambodia and present the key activities for the next months;
- To facilitate debate on how to enrich media content addressed to rural populations, in particular young people;
- To gather multi-stakeholders to foster discussion on how to produce content relating to the challenges involved in agriculture and other concerns for rural population, development of new techniques, environment, adaptation to climate change, food security, etc
The forum brought together the experiences and lessons learnt acquired from local and international journalists like Thailand, professional’s media, donor, Cambodian farmers’ federation representatives, local and international agriculture practitioners and official representative of the Ministry to share findings and foster discussion regarding rural issues.
The forum addressed the five following themes:
- Theme 1: The role of the media in rural development
- Theme 2: How the media speaks about agriculture in Cambodia?
- Theme 3: How to cover rural thematic (and agriculture mainly, as it is the major employment sector) in the media?
- Theme 4: Science journalism: how to talk about climate change and environmental development?
- Theme 5: A citizen-friendly journalism for local population
This one-day forum presented Cambodian journalists with the benefits of a scientific or environmental approach. Alternatives were proposed for developing information related to the rural world, in particular by enriching the content offered to agricultural populations and by addressing young people, who are more aware of environmental problems.
Project leaflet is available here
Agenda is available here
Presentations are available here