FTF Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project Delivers Policy Communications Training for NASS Press Corps

Elisabeth Douglas, IFPRI-NSSP’s Communications Specialist, facilitating one of the sessions at the Policy Communications training organized for members of Nigeria’s National Assembly Press Corps in Abuja (c) 2019 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran

On 12-13 March 2019, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has delivered on behalf the FtF Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project a training on Policy Communications to journalists in Nigeria’s National Assembly (NASS) Press Corps in Abuja.

The 22 journalists (20 male, 2 female) represented diverse news media firms, all united in their shared focus on the activities of the country’s federal legislature. The training exposed them to the basic principles of Policy Communications, publicly available and accessible sources of information relevant to agricultural policy, other tools for policy engagement such policy briefs or policy notes, and of course, social media as a tool for effective reporting on policy issues.

Remarking on the training, James Itodo, Deputy Chairman of the NASS Press Corps stated, “We appreciate your effort at bringing us together. We also want to appeal that from time to time, you engage us [journalists] on programmes like this, so that we can enhance our productivity and improve the lot of Nigerians and other researchers also who may want to use us to enhance agricultural productivity.”

Facilitators and participants of the Policy Communications training organized for members of Nigeria’s National Assembly Press Corps in Abuja (c) 2019 IFPRI

This training forms part of the various capacity-building activities of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project. The project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID/Nigeria) and jointly implemented by Michigan State University and the Nigeria Strategy Support Program of IFPRI.

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