Enhancing Policy Communications for Nigeria’s Agricultural Sector

On 13-14 February 2019, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) trained on behalf the FtF Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project 25 staff members (18 male, 7 female) of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Policy Communications in Abuja. The training introduced the participants to basic concepts around policy communications, as long as more contemporary tools, such as policy briefs/notes and social media, which are used for communicating and disseminating evidence and promoting engagement on policy issues. The training was geared at boosting the ability of Nigeria’s researchers and policy analysts to make widely available the evidence required for effective policymaking for Nigeria’s agricultural sector. Especially for NBS, which is a major supplier of statistical data for government and other
From 28-31 January 2019, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) delivered two policy communications training courses for a total of 60 government officials (28-29 January) and farmers (30 – 31 January) in Kebbi State. Facilitators and participants of the Policy Communications Training held for the Kebbi Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (c) 2019 IFPRI The 25 government officials (23 male, 2 female) work at the Kebbi State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Kebbi State Agricultural Development Programme. On the other hand, the 35 participants (27 male, 8 female) represented various farmer groups in Kebbi State. In the two trainings, participants were introduced to basic concepts of Policy Communications, the use of social media for disseminating information and engaging in policy discussions and sources of information relevant to agriculture. Government officials were introduced to policy notes, an effective contemporary tool for informing,
Group photo of participants and trainers at the Policy Communication training for journalists in Ebonyi State (c) 2019 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran Elisabeth Douglas, Communication Specialist with IFPRI, making a presentation on the concepts of Policy Communications during one of the training in Ebonyi State (c) 2019 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran In two trainings organized between 21 and 24 January 2019, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) trained 35 journalists (21-22 January 2019) and 15 farmers (21-22 January 2019) in Ebonyi State on Policy Communications. The 50 (25 male and 25 female) participants were introduced to basic concepts of policy communications, the use of social media for both disseminating and tracking policy communications effectively and publicly available sources of information related to agricultural

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

Policy communication training delivered for journalists in Niger State

Members of the training team and participants of the Introductory Policy Communications training course in Niger State (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran Journalists, are key players in the policymaking space. As such, it is essential that they are well-equipped to be able to effectively drive public conversations around policy issues. It is on this basis that the Nigeria Strategy Support Program of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI-NSSP) delivered a policy communications training for 27 journalists based in Niger State from 13-14 November 2018. The participants (13 male, 14 female) at the training were all professionals working with various news media firms, including privately, federal and state-owned organizations. The training provided journalists with an introduction to the concepts of policy

Improving Evidence-Based Reporting on Agricultural Policy in Kebbi State

Bisola Oyediran, one of IFPRI’s communications experts, facilitating a session on social media audiences at the Policy Communications Training held in Kebbi (c) 2018 IFPRI/Elisabeth Douglas. It is difficult to refute the importance of the role that journalists play in setting the agenda and shaping national discussions on issues. As gatekeepers of information, they are vital stakeholders in ensuring an environment where policy decisions are sound and evidence-based. In recognition of this fact, two Communications Experts from the Nigeria Strategy Support Program of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI-NSSP) trained 23 journalists on the basics of Policy Communications on 31 October – 1 November 2018 in Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State capital. Facilitators and participants of the Policy Communications Training held
Participants and facilitators of the Policy Communications Training held in Kebbi State (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran On 29-30 October 2018, the Nigeria Strategy Support Program of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI-NSSP) has carried out an intermediate Policy Communications training in Kebbi state capital, Birnin-Kebbi, as part of efforts towards further strengthening the capacity of Nigerian journalists to drive evidence-based discussions on agricultural policy. The 21 participants (11 male, 10 female) represented a diverse mix in terms of news media ownership with representation of journalists from radio, television and newspapers owned by Kebbi State Government, the Federal Government of Nigeria and the private sector. Elisabeth Douglas, Communications Specialist with IFPRI, facilitating a session during the Policy Communications training for journalists

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