Local journalists from Assam gain new knowledge on climate-smart agriculture technologies
District-level journalists were invited to apply for a three-day media workshop in Karziranga, Assam, under the RESILIENCE project funded by Norway Embassy and implemented by MSSRF, IWMI, and Assam University. 30 applications were received, and 14 journalists were selected from the application process. Journalists were introduced to agri-innovations on the field such plant clinic, sprinkler for irrigation, and climate smart seed system used by farmers. Demonstrations were also done to enlighten the journalists on how ICT tools are being used for agro-advisories and pest management. Media persons were further encouraged to meet with farmers and find our first-hand how these interventions are helping to build the resilience capacity of smallholder farmers. Several articles in local newspapers that were published even before the workshop was over, and journalists have also discussed their story ideas with the organisers. The articles spoke about the issue of climate change in Assam, and the need for interventions based on scientific evidence to build resilience to combat climate risks occurring in farming. A couple of articles also portrayed the importance of organising media workshops for regional language journalists, which will raise awareness among the journalist community and empower them to write well-informed articles. There was much appreciation from the media persons, and this workshop has strengthened the media-scientist relationship paving a pathway for further interaction going forward.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.