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Join GFAR’s next webinar on “Participatory Video”

“Participatory Video” is a form of participatory media-generation in which a group or a community creates their own video. The idea behind this is that having a video made by the actual stakeholders in a process or situation, makes the video more accessible, and would be better adapted to the target audience. The process of making the video itself is also a great way of bringing people together to explore issues.

Now, in our area of agriculture, research, and ecosystems, “Participatory Video” is not as simple as giving a couple of farmers a camera and getting a video in return after a few weeks.

GFAR has selected a number of enthusiastic speakers who will share their experiences, the pitfalls they have discovered, and how they worked around those challenges. A webinar full of tips and tricks on the what, why and how of “Participatory Video”.

Join us!

Webinar: “Participatory Video”

Date: Tuesday May 9th 2017 – at 14:00 Rome time
Duration: 2 hours
(Use this tool helps you convert “Rome time” to your timezone)

This webinar is a collaborative effort: a number of professional communicators will share their experiences and approaches, their trials and errors.

We will give ample opportunity for all webinar participants to join into the discussion, either to share their own experiences, hints and tricks, or to ask questions to the entire group.

Our speakers:

Juliet Braslow has worked with farmers and rural communities internationally for the past 10 years. Juliet holds a Masters in Horticulture & Agronomy and another in International Agricultural Development. She has a diverse background of skills ranging from soil management and agricultural extension to international development. Juliet conducts interdisciplinary and participatory research in addition to leading effective and engaging communications for development and knowledge sharing.

Nelson Ojijo studied agricultural science (food technology) at the University of Nairobi and obtained a PhD from the University of Tsukuba in Japan.
He has over 20 years’ experience in agricultural research in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
He set up the performance contracting and appraisal directorate at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya, and was technical lead for Capacity Development at the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) based in Accra, Ghana. In 2017 he joined Access Agriculture, a Partner in GFAR.

Manon Koningstein specializes in the use of Participatory Video in the field of Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D), working on gender-sensitive projects and methodologies as well as celebrating rural indigenous and local knowledge through participatory tools. With experience working in the CGIAR, she is now the founder and director of Sivin Communications, an agency specialised in communication for a social change. She has a European Master in Intercultural Communication from Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

A culture broker by nature and a language and communication specialist by profession, Shadi Azadegan‘s academic and professional experience includes developing and applying participatory action research methodologies and tools, and contributing to multi-disciplinary efforts aimed at tackling development challenges. As Communications Officer for Central America and the Caribbean at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), a Partner in GFAR, Shadi used participatory video to contribute to gender and learning objectives in agricultural systems research. She now studies how culture influences innovative problem solving for development in an increasingly globalized world at Colorado State University.

Soledad Muñiz is Head of Participatory Video for the M&E programme at InsightShare. Soledad specialises in participatory communication with particular skills and experience in deploying participatory video in international development. She has over 9 years’ experience researching, planning and implementing numerous participatory video projects, with a strong understanding of the application and potential of the tool in a range of contexts. Soledad has worked in projects in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. She has an MSc in Communication for Innovation and Development from the University of Reading.

About the GFAR webinars

GFAR strongly believes in the power of communications to bring – with our partners – our common messages to the public, and to network within our own communities. That’s why we continuously support trainings, workshops and webinars on communications.

Our webinars are open to Partners in GFAR as well as other nonprofit organisations or individuals working in the area of agriculture, ecosystems and sustainable development. They are often attended by scientists, students, communications staff as well as agricultural practitioners.

We do not ask for a participation fee, but we ask that as much as possible, the webinars present the work of Partners in GFAR and show how your organizations are working together towards shared GFAR goals. If your organisation is not a GFAR partner yet, join now!

The webinars are moderated via BlueJeans, an online tool running within any internet browser. It only requires participants to have a good and reliable Internet connection and a computer running any browser.

Topics of our past GFAR communications webinars include:
“Email based newsletters”
“Building a bridge between scientists and communicators”
“An introduction to social media”
“How to read updates from hundreds of websites, easily”
“How to define and measure your social media performance”
“How to find and use pictures for your websites”
Basic Search Engine Optimization
The Art of Website Revamps
The Crystal Ball: Predicting the future of online media

Register now!

You can register for this webinar by sending a simple email to Peter Casier – peter.casier(at)

Please mention the title of the webinar you want to participate in, your name, affiliation (organisation/institute) and function.

We will send you a confirmation email. You will get a reminder with the technical details to join the webinar, one day before.

Register fast! Our webinars are limited to 100 participants and the available “seats” are often taken in a matter of days. We encourage participants to actively engage in our webinars with feedback, questions, and sharing of their own experiences.



Top picture courtesy Manon Koningstein/CIAT

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