By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
A 2-day training workshop for Journalists in Cross River State on Policy Communications organized by Feed the Future Nigerian Agricultural Policy Project (Ifpri) ends in Calabar with a call on stakeholders to adequately provide necessary agricultural inputs to farmers so as to boost food production in Nigeria
The call was part of resolutions put forward by the participants as a possible means of encouraging farmers and traders towards a healthy agricultural setting.
They also called on policy makers and stakeholders to ensure the provision of basic amenities, such security, access roads, hygienic environment, banks and other related issues capable of adding value to farmers and traders while doing their businesses
They recognised the Social media as very effective means for farmers and traders to advertise or sale their contents.
Presenting her papers entitled “Introduction to Policy Communications” and “Sources of Information on Agricultural Policy”, Communication Specialist and Head of the Policy Communications Unit, IFPRI’s, Abuja, Elisabeth Douglas, took the participants through various processes of policy communication formulations
These include, outline, what is policy, policy cycle, classification of communication, purpose of communication, element of communication, message and context and feedback.
Also in her papers entitled,”Building a Social Media Audience from Zero” and “Using a d Tracking Consent on Social Media”, the Assistant Communication Specialist, Bisola Oyediran, drilled the participants on the values and importance of Social Media.
Oyediran spoke on the value of social media audiences/segments, building social media audiences, social media strategy, Twitter goals and objectives.
The training is part of activities of the Feed the Future of Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Nigeria and jointly implemented by Michigan State University and IFPRI-NSSP.
Speaking on behalf of the participants, Mr. Clement James of New Telegraph newspaper, expressed joy and satisfaction over the training.
He commended the organizers of the training workshop for choosing journalists in the state amongst others for the training.
Participants were drawn from both the print and electronic media houses in the state.
Certificates of participation were presented to participants at the end of the training.