IFPRI’s Communications Specialist, Elisabeth Douglas, introducing participants to Policy Communication concepts during a training held in Minna (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran From 29-30 August 2018, a team of three trainers from the Abuja Office of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) held a training on policy communications for journalists in Minna, Niger State. The 20 (14 male, 6 female) participants of the training represented various state and national news media firms (radio, television and print) operating in Niger State. Given the importance of journalists in creating an enabling environment for effective policymaking, the training was geared towards strengthening the capacity of journalists to engage effectively in discussions on issues to do with agricultural policy in Nigeria by broadening their
IFPRI and NAERLS Facilitators alongwith participants of the Policy Communications for Advocacy training held in Minna, Niger State. (C) 2018 IFPRI Bisola Oyediran On 27-28 August 2018, a team of three trainers from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and a staff of the National Agricultural Extension Research Liaison Service (NAERLS) held a training on policy communications in Minna, the capital of Nigeria’s Niger State. The 18 (10 males, 8 females) participants of the training entitled Policy Communications for Advocacy, included farmer groups, extension agents, the state’s Agricultural Development Programme, agrodealers and community-based organizations. The topics covered by the training included an introduction to policy communications, the use of social media, as well as sources of information on agriculture.
Michigan State University (MSU) and IFPRI’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (IFPRI-NSSP), jointly organized a major conference on Collaborative Research for Agricultural Policy in Nigeria as part of the dissemination activities of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project. This was the second major conference organized by the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project following the successful launch of the Project during its first conference in September 2016. This high-profile, three-day (14-16 August 2018) event attracted more than 150 participants from all over Nigeria and was held at Transcorp Hilton in Abuja. Participants included representatives from academia, federal and state government officials, agribusiness, private sector, farmer organizations, the media, and civil society organizations among others. Group Photo Participating and
IFPRI’s Elisabeth Douglas making a presentation on communication strategies at the follow-up training for journalists of the National Assembly Press Corps in Abuja (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran On 30-31 July, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) organized a second training for members of the National Assembly Press Corps in Abuja, further building on efforts towards strengthening the policymaking environment for agriculture in Nigeria. The training, which was attended by 14 (9 male and 5 female) journalists, built on the first training held in January 2018 and covered aspects such as strategizing and planning communications and the use of online platforms, including social and other digital media. Dr Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Publicity,
IFPRI’s Elisabeth Douglas making a presentation on the concepts of policy communications at the training in Makurdi (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran From 23-24 July 2018, the Nigeria Strategy Support Program of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI-NSSP) sustained its efforts towards a vibrant and healthy environment for discussion and decision-making in Nigeria’s agricultural sector by organizing a training on policy communications for journalists in Benue State. Participants of the training (7 males and 8 females) included journalists from both private and government-owned, mainstream radio, television and print media firms, as well as online publications. The training covered topics ranging from the introduction of concepts in policy communications, to the use and tracking of content on social media and how
A group photo of participants and facilitators of the policy communications training for journalists in Delta State (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran As part of continuing efforts towards having a vibrant and healthy environment for discussion and decision-making in Nigeria’s agricultural sector, the Nigeria Strategy Support Program of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI-NSSP) delivered a policy communications training course for journalists in Delta State on 17-18 July 2018. The 19 participants (16 male and 3 female) of the training included journalists from both private and government-owned media houses, representing mainstream radio, television and print firms. Elisabeth Douglas, IFPRI’s Communication Specialist making a presentation on the concepts of policy communications at the training for journalists in Delta State (c) 2018
IFPRI’s Patrick Hatzenbuehler making his presentation on the seasonality of grain prices in Kebbi State (c) 2018 IFPRI/Amina Bashir On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, Dr. Patrick L. Hatzenbuehler, Associate Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), delivered a research seminar entitled, “Seasonality of Grain Prices and Market Characteristics in Kebbi state, Nigeria” at Kebbi State University of Science and Technology – Aliero (KSUSTA). The seminar focused on the aims and results from implemented and ongoing collaborative research between IFPRI researchers, including Dr. Hatzenbuehler and Dr. George Mavrotas, Senior Research Fellow and Program Leader of IFPRI’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP), together with KSUSTA researchers Dr. Mohammed Abubakar Maikasuwa, Reader in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension,
Hyacinth Edeh (IFPRI) delivering a Stata training course at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (c) 2018 IFPRI/Adebayo Ogunniyi As part of efforts towards strengthening Nigeria’s capacity for greater evidence-based policy processes in agriculture by increasing the capacity of Nigerian analysts to undertake and make widely available relevant evidence-based policy analysis, on 11-14 June 2018, a team of two (2) trainers from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) facilitated a training course on “Introduction to Survey Data Analysis using Stata” for 29 (22 males and 7 females) graduate students and faculty of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State. As a result of this training, participants’ capacity in handling data for evidence-based decision