Bolivia is a pioneer country in Communication for Development (ComDev) and FAO has been supporting communication initiatives at the national level over the last two decades.
The main objectives have been strengthening Indigenous Peoples (IPs) initiatives and national capacities in ComDev, as well as promoting its institutionalization in support to rural development and agriculture innovation.
The National Communication Plan - established between the Bolivian Ministry of Rural Development and Land (MDRyT) and FAO with the support of the CSDI – includes the design of a ComDev national strategy in support to the MDRyT and the new National Institute of Agriculture and Forestry Innovation (INIAF) through the implementation of communication plans, strategies and services.
ComDev services in support of natural resource management and food security programs include the implementation of Participatory Rural Communication Appraisals (PRCA) to design ComDev
Local Plans in at least three pilot areas and two ComDev National Services (National Service in Technology Innovation and National Service in Rural Communication).
The project will also focus on strengthening the ComDev capabilities of institutions, centers, NGOs, grassroots and IPs organizations, networks and communication platforms.
Results achieved in pilot areas are being documented and will contribute to the expansion of such experiences in other regions of the country and also at the global level.