Applications are open for the Reporting Rural Poverty and Agricultural Development Workshop 2020 in Rome, Italy.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation is committed to fostering the highest standards of journalism worldwide. They believe accurate, impartial and independent journalism leads to better-informed societies. It holds power to account, strengthens the rule of law and contributes to economic and social development.
The Foundation works with journalists through this workshop to show how rural development is a story that matters to everyone, spanning science, climate change, business, politics and social innovation. They equip reporters with the skills to tell the story of rural development to news consumers in their own countries. It is in these countries that climate change impacts have been felt strongest, and yet most policymakers and ordinary people do not know about it. But it is also in these countries where exciting and broad-ranging solutions are being developed. Areas such as access to credit or insurance, new collective farming initiatives and innovative crop enhancements are just some of the developments that often go under the radar of mainstream media.
Although an estimated 75 percent of the world’s poorest people live outside urban centers, the story of rural poverty, and the issues facing farmers in these areas, are chronically under-reported. Perceived to have few day-to-day developments on which to base a news story, their struggles can seem irrelevant or inconsequential to media consumers in rapidly urbanizing communities.
The 2030 Global Agenda requires the development of innovative approaches to incentivizing sustainable and inclusive investments. Such approaches are about aligning private and public investors around shared sustainable development objectives and mobilizing diverse sources of development finance (including climate finance and private finance), channeling it towards rural investors, including smallholder farmers and rural small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Being at the conference will allow journalists access to high profile delegates, leading experts in the issues, including IFAD and UN technical experts, as well as a number of smallholder farmers who will be invited.
IFAD works with those most affected by poverty, food security, gender inequality, environment, and climate change.
- The course will build expertise and increase familiarity and knowledge of issues faced by rural communities, help journalists to present new viewpoints, promote discussion and dialogue on how small-scale agriculture can respond to the growing demand for food and on the essential need to support rural transformation and smallholder agriculture.
- Journalists will have the opportunity to attend visit sites in the field, meet subject matter experts, and rural development stakeholders
- Bursaries would be given that include air travel expenses (economy class), accommodation, local transfers and meals.
- Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors to a media organisation.
- Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country, and should have at least two years’ professional experience and have a good level in spoken and written English.
- Journalists who cover finance are particularly encouraged to apply.
- Professional evidence of applicants’ interest in the field of rural peoples’ issues and development is desirable.
Eligible Regions: Open for all