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    the profession he said Only 35 of the 520 members of the Bangladesh National Press Corps are women And of the 2 000 journalists working in the country less than 150 are women Our hope is to develop a core of female broadcast journalists who will then train other women Elisa Tinsley director of the Knight International Journalism Fellowships program which is administered by ICFJ said that the vision for TVNA was developed at a conference in Sweden when Tinsley met Nayeemul Khan the president of BCDJC They were very interested in empowering female journalists Our hope is to develop a core of female broadcast journalists who will then train other women she said TVNA is the first institution in Bangladesh to offer hands on training in the fundamentals of reporting The country s few journalism schools teach mainly theory rather than practical skills said Mahmud Many of TVNA s first batch of 40 trainees come from print media and have some experience in journalism Under Mahmud s guidance they are learning how to translate their stories to a visual format The trainees have reported stories on child labour and children s nutrition the difficulty of getting potable water day care centres nursing homes for seniors and female trekkers who have climbed the Himalayas The feature stories are then fed to various television channels within the country Along the way Mahmud also gives his trainees the confidence needed to go out and report in a primarily male dominated environment It s difficult for a woman to work in the middle of the night in a third world country he said adding that the institute provides training on just such challenges among others Mehrin Jahan one of Mahmud s trainees recently made the jump from print to broadcast journalism It is

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    electronic media is playing a Related topics regions Media ICTs New Media Internet India Internet based audio visual service to aid in schooling MuktaVidyaVani an internet based audio visual service launched by the National Institute of Open Schooling in India will tap into the organisation s Related topics regions Internet Media Education ICTs Camerawomen of rural India Feisty unlettered women in a southern Indian state record their own lives and cultures and that of communities They also train women like themselves in other Related topics regions Gender India Media Traditional media and internet are part of same ecosystem say experts Siddharth Varadarajan Editor of India s leading daily The Hindu said traditional media and new media being part of the same ecosystem should not be Related topics regions Information Media India Community Radio can strengthen the democratic process Community Radio stations should become a force for social and economic transformation said Iskra Panveska from UNESCO Related topics regions Communications South Asia Community Radio India Media Internet misdirected b Ethan Zuckerman b a Harvard academic argues that the internet instead of broadening our view of the world has arrowed it down Solutions to this could be Related topics regions Media Social Equity Internet UNDP s Himalayan Meltdown wins top prize at International Film Festival i b Revealed The Himalayan Meltdown b i a one hour film by the United Nations Development Programme on glacial ice melt in the Himalayas and its Related topics regions Environment Media Awards News recordings soon in tribal dialects A unique new mobile technology developed by Microsoft India in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology will allow citizen journalists to leave Related topics regions Media India Connectivity New draft on film rating to widen horizons India is ready to modify its existing film rating system with a

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    Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Market rates on phone to help farmers in Punjab 07 January 2009 Farmers in Punjab now have a facility to access real time market rates right on their phones so they can pick and choose the best market where to sell their produce HFCL Infotel Limited a telecom solutions provider in Punjab has launched a voice based value added service called Mandi Bhav Market Rate in the state Image credits CXO Today Market rates on the phone The service will allow subscribers to get rates of commodities like vegetables fruits food grains pulses fibre crops and spices from wholesale markets across the state Vijay Bainsla GM marketing HFCL said The service will empower the farmers to find out the mandis markets where the rates are the best and accordingly they can sell their produce here The service is available to both Connect landline and Ping mobile customers Subscribers can have access to real time commodity rates from the different mandis of Punjab now by simply dialing a number from their landlines or mobile phones and following some instructions thereafter At present HFCL Infotel covers 12 major markets of the state including

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    Government backed initiative aims to disseminate crop and region specific information to farmers and agricultural extension workers who communicate agricultural information and research findings to farmers and provide information for students and researchers Image credits OWSA Agricultural field in India Currently comprising information on nine crops rice wheat chickpea pigeon pea vegetable pea lychee sugarcane groundnut and sorghum the website will eventually cover all topics related to agriculture Content will be continually added and validated through review and analysis by invited agricultural researchers in a manner similar to that used by Wikipedia and using open source tools said V Balaji Head of Knowledge Management and Sharing with the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics ICRISAT a partner in the project The site also houses blogs and forums where anyone can provide and exchange knowledge The 85 million rupee around US 17 million project is being implemented over 30 months and is backed by the National Agricultural Innovation Project a six year government programme intended to modernise agriculture The World Bank and the Indian government have provided the funding for the project and six Indian agricultural and technology institutions are partners in the project providing information and technological expertise India is considered a global leader in promoting innovative ways of using technology for farm and rural outreach Balaji said In the last five years close to 12 000 information technology enabled rural information centres some with Internet access have been established but there is still a lack of accessible agricultural information It is hoped that even where farmers have no access to the Internet the Agropedia information can be used as a basis for radio plays for example added Balaji Agropedia s lead architect T V Prabhakar of the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur initially envisioned the

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    the use of ICTs to attain agricultural sustainability and competitiveness for the country s farmers the Government of Philippines has launched a Knowledge Working Towards Enhancing Agricultural Communities Program or K Agrinet project Image credits CORBIS Paul A Souders Philippine Farmers at Work in a Field The project is a collaborative effort among the country s agencies to utilize information technology IT as a tool to fast track the dissemination of agricultural and natural resources information and technologies to farmers upland dwellers and rural entrepreneurs Four institutional key players in the agriculture and natural resource sectors complement each other in the program s four areas of intervention covering the stages of knowledge development and utilization The e Learning led by the Open Academy for Philippine Agriculture of the Department of Agriculture Philippine Rice Research Institute DA PhilRice focuses on e extension and distance learning for the agriculture extension workers The e Consortia led by the Department of Science and Technology Philippine Council for Agriculture Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development DOST PCARRD intensifies technology and knowledge generation and exchange among existing partner R D Institutions through improved ICT tools and applications The e Farm also led by DOST PCARRD

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    this is what made all the difference Today Lokendra is an enthusiastic fan of LifeLines and he is just one among thousands of farmers who endorse LifeLines and the value it has added to their livelihoods LifeLines A world of information just a phone call away The LifeLines service was introduced to provide critical information to rural farming communities on issues they deal with in their daily livelihoods This may range from which best crop to cultivate in a drought prone area to which market to sell one s produce in LifeLines addresses all these information needs and more conveniently through the medium of the telephone The service was launched in September 2006 in collaboration between BT CISCO and OneWorld as a digital inclusion initiative for developing world communities to bridge the digital divide and better their livelihood opportunities Started initially to serve the knowledge needs of the agriculture sector the LifeLines service has now been extended to serve in the educational domain also Cumulatively the service covers 6 states in India where it caters to farming communities as an agri advisory helpline in Uttar Pradesh Madhya Pradesh Haryana and Himachal Pradesh and as an education support service it serves teachers in West Bengal and Rajasthan Till date LifeLines has covered over 100 000 farmers across 2000 villages and nearly 14 000 teachers across 5262 schools Entering the third year into its operations LifeLines has been able to demonstrate the potential of ICT assisted information delivery in bringing about transformations in people s lives across over 2000 villages The journey of LifeLines since it commenced in September 2006 has been peppered with successes and recognitions both in India and abroad The service partnership between BT Cisco One World South Asia has won the Big Tick Award for 2008 which is

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    effects of climate change The developers of Google Ocean say it could also help highlight the effects of climate change on the seas Related topics regions Climate Change Internet Innovations Mobile phone based money transfer soon in Bangladesh Bangladesh is all set to introduce mobile phone technology for money transfer Once operational it would not only make transfers faster and cost effective but Related topics regions Innovations ICTs Economy The E2 A green computer for everyone Non profit internet provider GreenNet s new ultra low power computer can run on a car battery for hours and uses a maximum of nine watts of electricity Related topics regions Environment ICTs Innovations Offset your carbon footprint with your mobile b Ambrish Bakaya b Director Corporate Affairs Nokia India Pvt Ltd speaks to Ayeshea Perera from i Mint i on the Eco zone project that attempts to Related topics regions Environment ICTs Innovations Inventory of innovative African farmer advisory services The inventory brought out for FARA documents all the known innovative ICT enabled farmer advisory services or systems being designed implemented or Related topics regions Livelihoods ICTs Innovations TAG CLOUD Related topics regions Development Community Radio Open source Transforming rural lives with a phone LifeLines an innovative service brings a world of information right to the fields and farms of rural communities simply on the dial of a phone Related topics regions Innovations Education Agriculture ICTs Featured slideshow LifeLines Agriculture Snapshots from the field Take a tour through a few villages and see how the LifeLines service is helping better the lives and livelihoods of rural communities in India Related topics regions ICTs Agriculture Innovations ICT innovation to revitalize agriculture in Japan Agriculture in the Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan is set to get an ICT boost with trial of a farm information sensing network that would improve cultivation in Related topics regions ICTs Agriculture Innovations Common problems shared solutions New technology and better communications will help innovation to drive development and arrive at common solutions to common problems say i b Gordon Related topics regions Science and Technology ICTs Innovations National Innovation Council to create new service delivery systems Bharat Nirman Innovation Fund has been set up to encourage innovations in India Its nodal agency the National Innovation Council is presently creating a gram Related topics regions Innovations Mobile connect for refugees with Refunite service Refunite a free mobile service is helping as an online tracing tool to aid refugees search for their families as discreetly as they want and with very basic Related topics regions Human Rights Media Innovations Filipinos collaborate online in flood evacuation efforts In an attempt to help people in flood affected Philippines a group of twitter users have created a Googledoc spread sheet to help first responders Related topics regions Development Wireless Technologies Innovations GPS protection for African rhinos In what could be an effective prevention against poaching rhinos in the Mafikeng Reserve in South Africa have got a GPS device fitted in their horn that not Related

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    how the LifeLines service is helping better the lives and livelihoods of rural communities in India Click here to open the slideshow in a new browser Welcome to the DOC Blog hosted by OneWorld South Asia We invite you to share learn debate and discuss ICTs and the various ways in which they are being employed to promote development worldwide Feed On Posts Tag Cloud Development Community Radio Open source

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