On 19-20 December, 2016, a team of three trainers from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) facilitated an introductory Policy Communications training course at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) which was attended by 14 ministry officials (9 males and 5 females) including Directors and Deputy Directors of various FMARD Departments.
The Policy Communication course was designed to provide participants with a practical framework for understanding and integrating communication concepts, approaches, and methods into program planning, policy planning, implementation and program management. The training emphasized on developing participants’ knowledge and skills to effectively communicate program and policy information through knowledge management systems so as to support decision-making within the context of the country’s national development agendas. The course was well received and appreciated with participants expressing satisfaction for both course content and delivery. The training was led by Ms. Elisabeth Douglas (Communications Specialist, IFPRI-NSSP Office) with assistance from Ms. Bisola Oyediran (Communications Assistant, IFPRI-NSSP Office) and Mr. John Mazunda (Country Program Manager, IFPRI-NSSP Office).