Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CCAFS-SEA kick​s​ 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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