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.
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
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,
Participants undertaking group exercises during the training (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran 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 7-9 May 2018, a team of three (3) trainers from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) facilitated a training course on “Econometrics for policy analysis using Stata” in Abuja for 21 (19 males and 2 females) faculty and senior members of staff from State Ministries and Agricultural Development Programmes of the seven Feed The Future states. As a result of this training, participants’ capacity in handling data for evidence-based decision
IFPRI’s Olusegun Fadare presenting one of the modules during the STATA training at Delta State University (c) 2018 IFPRI 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 2-4 May 2018, a team of three (3) 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 19 (12 males and 7 females) researchers and faculty of Delta State University in Asaba, Delta State. Presenters and participants at the STATA training held for researchers and academics at Delta State University
Participants working together on a group exercise at the Policy Communications and Innovation Platform Training held by ICRISAT and IFPRI in Kebbi (c) 2018 IFPRI/Elisabeth Douglas On 23 April 2018, the Abuja Office of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) collaborated with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to deliver a training workshop on Policy communications and Innovation Platforms in Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State. The training workshop was attended by 40 participants (37 males, three females) from Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto states. The participants were representatives of State ministries of agriculture, local government agriculture desk, NGOs, agro-dealers and community-based organizations from all five states. Trainers from ICRISAT and IFPRI along with participants of the Policy
Policy Communications training course for journalists in Ebonyi state (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran On 4 and 5 April 2018, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) facilitated a training course on policy communications for journalists in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state’s capital. The training course was attended by 25 participants (21 males and 4 females) from various media houses in Ebonyi. Recognizing the importance of media in shaping the social narratives on agriculture, this training was organized to enhance media involvement in Nigeria’s agricultural policy process. Already, as a result of this training, these 25 journalists have committed to being more active on social media and dedicating more resources to covering agricultural policy issues in coming months. Trainers and participants of the Policy