Rural Networks

Rural Networks


To enhance information on agriculture related issues and professional prospect aimed at young people from rural region by promoting the development of media content and improving the capacity of professional journalists and students to cover these topics.
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September 2018
August 2020


As the mainstay of the country's economy, agriculture has been identified by the Cambodian government as one of the four development priorities. Rural populations, affected as they are by the impact of global warming, need to adapt and to develop new agricultural techniques.

Rural Connections aims to improve the information available to these populations – and to young people in particular – in the areas of agriculture and sustainable development by improving the capacity of journalists and journalism students to cover such topics and by promoting the production and dissemination of content, especially via radio stations, online videos and social media.

Revamped and better quality information will serve to provide young people living in rural areas with new prospects within their communities, in particular by encouraging the development of emerging initiatives in agroecology, a promising avenue in terms of income, health and autonomy.

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Journalists must build a bridge between producers and consumers.
Paritta Wangkiat, environmental journalist at the Bangkok Post

Project beneficiaries

  • Around one hundred media professionals, drawn especially from local media outlets or outlets specialising in the coverage of rural and social issues.
  • Around thirty journalism students.

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1.Initial forum devoted to the media treatment of rural, agricultural and environmental issues

Assessment of the current situation, solutions and overview of the Rural Connections project.

Cambodia: how can we develop rural information in the media?

November 26, 2018

On 25 October 2018 in Phnom Penh, the launch of the Rural Networks project brought together around forty media professionals and members of NGOs to discuss the role of the media in the development of rural areas.

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2.Development of a specific training module

This extramural training module focused on journalistic coverage of these topics will provide an opportunity for participants to immerse themselves in a rural environment, the aim being to facilitate practical applications.

All on board for an environmental journalism training course in Cambodia

March 19, 2019

17 young journalists have spent two days on the Mekong and the Tonlé Sap on board a boat converted into a training room.

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3.Development of a specialist training programme

Development of expertise among professional journalists, whether from the provinces or Phnom Penh, on specific topics (agriculture, climate, the environment, etc.).

4.Provision of support to a media outlet

Over the course of 18 months, provision of support to news pure player in developing and structuring new content covering agriculture and related issues for the residents of rural areas.

Thmey Thmey at the forefront of the Cambodian media

September 6, 2018

One day in my media organisation is a series of weekly reports illustrating the daily lives of people who work in media organisations across Africa, the Arab world and Southeast Asia, supported by CFI.

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Promoting local news in Cambodia

September 14, 2018

At the start of September 2018, journalists from the news pure player Thmey Thmey were taught how to report on topics specifically relating to rural communities.

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5.Provision of support to local and national media outlets in developing investigations

Following a call for applications to select media outlets or journalists, provision of support by an expert over a period of 6 months to assist with choosing topics of investigation and their coverage, with a particular emphasis on improving their ability to use data journalism tools.

6.Provision of support to journalists in the field

Provision of support to journalists at the next Siem Reap agricultural fair to cover the event and during field trips and visits to agroecological farms or other innovative projects, the aim being for Cambodian media professionals to immerse themselves in real-life situations and improve their knowledge of rural topics, environmental issues and innovative initiatives in agriculture.

Covering agricultural stories in Cambodia

November 30, 2018

In November 2018, some fifteen Cambodian journalists met in Siem Reap for a week-long introduction to scientific journalism relating to agricultural topics.

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7.Support for content creation projects

Aimed at young people, the fun and informative content on agriculture created as part of this project will be disseminated for the most part on social media, thanks in particular to the Cambodian NGO Khmer Youth Association (KYA). Its aim will be to promote positive solutions and initiatives.

Developing inspirational content for young people in rural areas

November 30, 2018

The audiovisual production team of the Cambodian NGO Khmer Youth Association (KYA) spent a week in October 2018 training in film-making techniques relating to the challenges of the rural world.

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