Tuesday, August 19, 2014
CCAFS-SEA kicks off first media workshop on how to report about climate change with impact
The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security - Southeast Asia (CCAFS-SEA) held its first media seminar-workshop on reporting about climate change on 14-15 August at Splash Mountain, Los Banos, Laguna and IRRI headquarters. The workshop focused on the importance of having an accurate and science-based understanding of climate change, agriculture, and food security in reporting environmental issues more effectively.
"CCAFS’ strategic communication objective is getting climate change into agriculture policies and agriculture into climate change policies," stated Dr. Leocadio Sebastian, CCAFS-SEA's regional program leader.
" Through the help of the media, we hope to engage policymakers and key stakeholders to include agriculture in the climate change and agriculture agenda and to mobilize stakeholders for collective action toward mitigation and adaptation," he furthers.
The workshop also featured climate change mitigation initiatives by IRRI, International Potato Center , World Agroforestry Centre, and WorldFish. Media partners also shared insights and tips on how to package climate change information to effectively convey desired messages to the public.
Around 30 Philippine journalists and media professionals attended the workshop comprising the broadcast, print and online media.
A first of a series, the media seminar-workshop will also be organized in Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar.
CCAFS is a strategic research partnership of the CGIAR and Future Earth. It is led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) globally, and IRRI in Southeast Asia.
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