IFPRI’s Elisabeth Douglas making a presentation on the concepts of policy communications at the training in Makurdi (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran

From 23-24 July 2018, the Nigeria Strategy Support Program of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI-NSSP) sustained its efforts towards a vibrant and healthy environment for discussion and decision-making in Nigeria’s agricultural sector by organizing a training on policy communications for journalists in Benue State.

Participants of the training (7 males and 8 females) included journalists from both private and government-owned, mainstream radio, television and print media firms, as well as online publications.

The training covered topics ranging from the introduction of concepts in policy communications, to the use and tracking of content on social media and how to create online audiences. The participants had also the opportunity to apply the information and knowledge from the presentations in a series of exercises.

The journalists with their certificates at the end of Policy Communications training in Makurdi (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran

As an immediate outcome of the training, the journalists renewed their commitment to covering agricultural issues related to Benue State, while also reporting more critically on issues in other parts of the country.

This training is part of the 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 IFPRI-NSSP and Michigan State University.

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