The “Enhancing capacity to apply research evidence in policy for youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities in Africa” (CARE) funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) organized a 3-day capacity training workshop for 21 journalists from across Africa.
The training program which was themed; “Research Evidence Dissemination for Intermediaries”, was aimed at strengthening the research evidence reporting skills of journalists pulled from different countries while fostering a collaboration that will ensure that research stories are accurately published.
In this way, policy makers and the public can understand the importance of research in development in the society while informing the decisions and policies that will create an enabling environment for youth to practice sustainable agribusiness and rural economic activities.
The training had seasoned facilitators Terna Gyuse and Ruth Oluronbi, from South Africa and Nigeria respectively taking sessions on solutions journalism, story framing and understanding how to write stories from research evidence and data as that will bring about credibility in the stories being reported.
Ms Modupe Banwo, IITA-CDO Training Manager, spoke on behalf of the project coordinator Mr Zoumana Bamba while welcoming the participants, she implored them to take the opportunity to network and learn. Kathy Lopez, Head of IITA Communication in her welcome speech expressed delight at the attendance and enjoined the training participants to see the training as a step towards fostering a relationship with IITA while working together around ways to tell stories of research evidence in Africa.
According to the Project’s Communication Officer, Ms Timilehin Osunde, the training is coming at a time when Africa is looking to encouraging the youths to see agriculture as a business and a viable means of living and this can only be done if research evidence is effectively and accurately disseminated to the youths, the policy makers and parliamentarians so that they can make informed policies and decisions that will ensure there is economic growth in Africa.
During a courtesy visit to the IITA DG’s office, Dr Sanginga stated that the media is a key player in addressing food security in Africa with the role of telling the research stories and so IITA as the leading research organization in Africa is open to strengthening relationships with media partners.
The 3-year project funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and being implemented by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), presently has 30 awardees whose research work is being sponsored in 10 countries across Africa.
The IFAD-CARE project seeks to improve the availability, exchange, dissemination and use of research findings in the field of agribusiness and rural economic activities from young African scholars into policy and practice in support of economic growth and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, working at local, national and regional levels in Africa.
The journalists were shortlisted from Nigeria, Benin Republic, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Cameroon with the aim of seeking ways to collaborate with them to ensure effective dissemination of research evidence.