A  Media Training on Agricultural Reporting for journalists has taken place at Dodowa in the Greater-Accra region.


About 30 participants attended the three-day workshop which was organized under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Ghana Feed the Future (FtF) Agriculture Policy Support Project (ASPS).


Participants were taken through topics such as “Techniques for Agriculture Storytelling”, “Documentaries and Feature Article writing”, “Techniques for Information Gathering”, “Techniques for Reporting Skills in Agriculture” and “Developing an  Effective Communication Strategy”.


Other topics were “Techniques in Building Documentaries”, “Tools for Tracking Agriculture Investments and Agriculture Policy Analysis”, “Skills for Gender in Agriculture Reporting” and “The Role of the Journalist in Media Advocacy”.


The Resource persons were Mr David Newton, former Rector, Ghana Institute of Journalism, Dr Wilberforce Sefakor Dzisah, Rector, Ghana Institute of Journalism, Mr Tim Quashigah, Dean, Ghana Institute of Journalism.


In his remarks to at the close of the workshop, Walter Nuñez-Rodriguez, Chief of Party, USAID/Ghana FtF APSP, stressed the importance of knowledge and research in order to be effective as journalists in Agriculture reporting. Mr Nuñez-Rodriguez described the training programme as the beginning of a long-term effort to work together and urged the media to be part of that effort in influencing government policy on agriculture and in assisting farmers to increase food production and to produce better yields.


He pledged APSP’s commitment to partnering with the Resource persons to ensure the success of the project.


The USAID/Ghana FtF APSP is a five-year project financed by USAID and implemented by Chemonics International.


The goal of the project is to improve the food security-enabling environment for private sector investment in agriculture—against the background of the fact that a key policy constraint to significant investment in Ghana’s agriculture sector is the inability of policy makers to identify reforms whose implementation will improve the enabling environment.


ASPS is, therefore, designed to support the policy agenda of the Government of Ghana (GoG), particularly the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), for implementing the Medium-Term Agriculture sector Investment Plan (METASIP).


APSP is also designed to help increase the policy research capacity of policy-makers as well as private sector capacity for advocacy and the public/private dialogue around policies conducive to private sector access to seed, fertiliser and other agricultural inputs in Ghana.


Through technical assistance, aimed at reinforcing organizational effectiveness, policy analysis and statistical skills, of selected public entities, the project will contribute to improving the policy process of evidence-based decision-making in food security.


ASPS will, also, through small grants, competitively allocated, strengthen the capacity of academic and research institutions to increase the availability of rigorous policy analysis for evidence-based policy-making, including both research studies and graduate thesis dissertations as per GoG’s priorities.


In addition, through small grants, APPSP will support eligible private organizations with capacity building activities aimed at amplifying their voice in the agriculture policy process and will promote public-private dialogues to enhance mutual accountability in sectoral policies.


Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)

Created: 26 June 2015
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