Journalists Brainstorm with Researchers on how to Promote Evidence Based Reporting Backed by Data…

By Oyinkan Tasie

Staff of Ministries of Agriculture from 34 of Nigeria’s 36 States and FCT benefit from training to improve data presentation and interpretation for policy analysis

On March 8, 2017, supported by funds from USAID Nigeria, the Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project convened a brainstorming session in Abuja for media representatives. Led by Dr. Oyinkan Tasie (Michigan State University) and Mr. Sunday Saanu (University of Ibadan), the session focused on three issues. First, the importance of ensuring that the media in Nigeria leverages on evidence based on data and rigorous empirical analysis for their reporting.  Second, strengthening the role the media plays in holding stakeholders in the agricultural sector (including policy makers) accountable and third, establishing stronger links between media and researchers in agricultural policy in Nigeria. Media participants identified as a major challenge, their inability to readily get evidence based responses to counter inaccurate claims. The ten participants gained insights on opportunities to leverage on the policy project network to secure such responses.


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