In two trainings organized between 21 and 24 January 2019, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) trained 35 journalists (21-22 January 2019) and 15 farmers (21-22 January 2019) in Ebonyi State on Policy Communications. The 50 (25 male and 25 female) participants were introduced to basic concepts of policy communications, the use of social media for both disseminating and tracking policy communications effectively and publicly available sources of information related to agricultural policy in the Nigerian context.
In his closing remarks on behalf of the journalists, Eze Nnaji, who works with Ebonyi Broadcast Corporation (EBBC) asserted, “We want to thank Feed the Future [Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project] and all its partners. Tell them Ebonyians love them. Journalists have captured the message and by your next coming to this State, the results will be very clear.”
The training is part of efforts by the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project to enhance Nigeria’s agricultural policy environment. Trainings such as these equip stakeholders and players in the agricultural sector to share and use evidence to drive sound policymaking and implementation in the country. The Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID/Nigeria) and jointly implemented by Michigan State University and IFPRI’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (IFPRI-NSSP).