14 Aug, 2017

One of the ISP scholars, Mrs Orpah Kabambe (third from right) interacting with the journalists
Innovation Scholars at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) were, from 7th to 11th August 2017, trained on how they can work with the media to disseminate information about their projects.

The workshop that was run parallel to the ‘New Alliance Policy Acceleration Support: Malawi Project (NAPAS: Malawi) Journalists Workshop’ was organized by Michigan State University (MSU) and the LUANAR through the Innovation Scholars Programme (ISP) launched in 2014.

According to ISP Programme Coordinator, Dr. Andy Safalaoh, the training aimed at building communication capacity for both academic leadership and faculty ISP scholars to provide them opportunity to explain their research to journalists as well as to provide them opportunity to prepare for final ISP symposium scheduled end this year.

The training tackled on how the scholars could communicate their personal brand through different media channels such as social media, academic journals, blogs, websites among others. They were also trained on how they could communicate LUANAR brand, how to use data and turn it into a story as well as the importance of communicating research among others.

One of the scholars, Mrs Orpah Kabambe who is also a Head for Human Ecology Department at LUANAR hailed MSU and LUANAR for organizing the training saying, it gave them an opportunity to interact with journalists on the projects that they are implementing.

“I am one of the scholars in the academic leadership programme which is working on leadership development programme to motivate others to become future leaders,” said Mrs kabambe.

She said the training provided an opportunity for her to share the research projects that are being implemented in her department.

She said currently, students in her department are conducting action research where they are working with communities to identify problems and find solutions for these problems.

One of the journalists who attended the NAPAS Journalists communicating agricultural science for impact workshop, Fatsani Gunya from Nation Newspaper, said the training equipped him with skills on effective ways of communicating agricultural research.

Global Centre for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) established an innovation hub at LUANAR in 2014 which functions as a key centre where LUANAR academic personnel can work as interdisciplinary teams to solve food system problems that are relevant to the food system in the country.

Written By: Patricia Ngwale