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

IFPRI and NAERLS Deliver Policy Communications Training in Niger State

IFPRI and NAERLS Facilitators alongwith participants of the Policy Communications for Advocacy training held in Minna, Niger State. (C) 2018 IFPRI Bisola Oyediran On 27-28 August 2018, a team of three trainers from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and a staff of the National Agricultural Extension Research Liaison Service (NAERLS) held a training on policy communications in Minna, the capital of Nigeria’s Niger State. The 18 (10 males, 8 females) participants of the training entitled Policy Communications for Advocacy, included farmer groups, extension agents, the state’s Agricultural Development Programme, agrodealers and community-based organizations. The topics covered by the training included an introduction to policy communications, the use of social media, as well as sources of information on agriculture.

Second Policy Communications Training for National Assembly Journalists in Abuja

IFPRI’s Elisabeth Douglas making a presentation on communication strategies at the follow-up training for journalists of the National Assembly Press Corps in Abuja (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran On 30-31 July, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) organized a second training for members of the National Assembly Press Corps in Abuja, further building on efforts towards strengthening the policymaking environment for agriculture in Nigeria. The training, which was attended by 14 (9 male and 5 female) journalists, built on the first training held in January 2018 and covered aspects such as strategizing and planning communications and the use of online platforms, including social and other digital media. Dr Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Publicity,

POLICY COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING COURSE FOR JOURNALISTS IN BENUE STATE

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

Journalists in Delta State were Trained in Policy Communications

A group photo of participants and facilitators of the policy communications training for journalists in Delta State (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran As part of continuing efforts towards having a vibrant and healthy environment for discussion and decision-making in Nigeria’s agricultural sector, the Nigeria Strategy Support Program of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI-NSSP) delivered a policy communications training course for journalists in Delta State on 17-18 July 2018. The 19 participants (16 male and 3 female) of the training included journalists from both private and government-owned media houses, representing mainstream radio, television and print firms. Elisabeth Douglas, IFPRI’s Communication Specialist making a presentation on the concepts of policy communications at the training for journalists in Delta State (c) 2018

MASTERCLASS FOR JOURNALISTS IN ABUJA

Drew Sample, IFPRI’s Media Engagement Manager, facilitating a discussion on the role of the news media in policy making (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has trained 30 of Nigeria’s journalists (19 male, 11 female) in a policy communications masterclass in Abuja. The training workshop was organized on 11-12 June 2018 and included participants from Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, and the states of Cross River, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi and Niger. Elisabeth Douglas, IFPRI’s Communication Specialist, leading a discussion on policy notes and how to prepare them (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran The masterclass was led by Mr. Drew Sample, IFPRI’s Media Engagement Manager who is based at the IFPRI Headquarters in Washington DC, alongside Elisabeth

Policy Communications Training for Journalists in Cross River State

IFPRI’s Elisabeth Douglas making a presentation on policy communication concepts during the policy communications training for journalists in Cross River State (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran Journalists, due to their role as information sharers, play a significant role in any country’s policy space. In recognition of this fact, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) organized a policy communications training for 23 journalists (21 male, 2 female) in Cross River State on 17 and 18 May 2018. The training was aimed at exposing journalists to concepts related to policy communications, as well as introducing them to tools and sources of information relevant to agricultural policy in Nigeria. Journalists working in groups to develop storylines from policy briefs during the Policy Communications

Collaboration with ICRISAT on Policy Communications and Innovation Platforms Training Workshop

Participants working together on a group exercise at the Policy Communications and Innovation Platform Training held by ICRISAT and IFPRI in Kebbi (c) 2018 IFPRI/Elisabeth Douglas On 23 April 2018, the Abuja Office of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) collaborated with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to deliver a training workshop on Policy communications and Innovation Platforms in Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State. The training workshop was attended by 40 participants (37 males, three females) from Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto states. The participants were representatives of State ministries of agriculture, local government agriculture desk, NGOs, agro-dealers and community-based organizations from all five states. Trainers from ICRISAT and IFPRI along with participants of the Policy