IFPRI Delivers Intermediate Policy Communications Training for Journalists in Minna

Facilitators and participants of the Introductory Policy Communications training course held for journalists in Minna (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran

On 15-16 November 2018, two Communication Experts from the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (IFPRI-NSSP) delivered an intermediate level Policy Communications training course for 15 journalists based in Niger State.

The participants (11 male, 4 female) all work with various news media organizations, including radio, television and newspapers.

The training covered the design and implementation of communication strategies and plans as well as the use of online platforms and social media for researching, reporting and disseminating information, particularly those related to agricultural policy.

Elisabeth Douglas, Communications Specialist with IFPRI-NSSP, introducing participants to the concepts of Policy Communications in Minna (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran

The training was well-received by the participants. In thanking the organizers of the training, Mr Abdu Idris, Chairman of the Niger State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, stated, “We appreciate IFPRI for this rare opportunity given to our members. In fact, the partnership is a good one. We hope that such opportunities would be extended to our other [over 200] members. Definitely, participants are leaving here better than what they were before this programme.”

This training was organized as part of activities of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID/Nigeria) and jointly implemented by Michigan State University and IFPRI-NSSP.

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