Towards an Extension Policy for Nigeria: Developing an Implementation Plan for Niger State

Dr Babu and directors of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Development discussing the pilot of the implementation plan for the Nigeria’s Agricultural Extension Policy in Abuja (c) 2019 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) as part of its capacity strengthening activities in Nigeria under the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project has further supported Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in its move to coordinate the development of an extension policy for the country. From 14-24 May 2019 Dr Suresh Babu, IFPRI’s Senior Research Fellow and Head of Capacity Strengthening worked closely with FMARD’s Department of Agricultural Extension (FDAE) in Abuja and Niger State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources on the

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

IFPRI Delivers Policy Communications Training for Journalists in Niger State

IFPRI’s Communications Specialist, Elisabeth Douglas, introducing participants to Policy Communication concepts during a training held in Minna (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran From 29-30 August 2018, a team of three trainers from the Abuja Office of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) held a training on policy communications for journalists in Minna, Niger State. The 20 (14 male, 6 female) participants of the training represented various state and national news media firms (radio, television and print) operating in Niger State. Given the importance of journalists in creating an enabling environment for effective policymaking, the training was geared towards strengthening the capacity of journalists to engage effectively in discussions on issues to do with agricultural policy in Nigeria by broadening their