News: Great Feedback on Pacific Master Class, January 2015

Facilitator Toss Gascoigne leads discussion with the stakeholder panel of Kyle Stice, Manager of the Pacific Island Farmer' Organisation Network; Maria Linibi, President of the PNG Women in Agriculture Foundation and Denis Blight from the Crawford Fund

Facilitator Toss Gascoigne leads discussion with the stakeholder panel of Kyle Stice, Manager of the Pacific Island Farmer’ Organisation Network; Maria Linibi, President of the PNG Women in Agriculture Foundation and Denis Blight from the Crawford Fund

We held our third Master Class in Communicating Research to Stakeholders in Nadi, Fiji from 25-31 May 2014 for approximately 20 agricultural scientists and communicators from across the Pacific – (read our earlier story here). This followed the first Master Class in Chiang Mai, Thailand for researchers from around Asia, and in 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for African researchers which have all been reported previously.

The purpose of the training is to help agricultural scientists to tell the story of their work and its impact to a broad range of non-scientific audiences in funding agencies, other interested stakeholders such as farmers and extension agencies and to the general public through the media.

We have released a short video of some of the participants from the training in Fiji talking about the benefit of the Master Class (below). It can also be viewed on the Crawford Fund YouTube Channel.

Three months after the conclusion of the Master Class, participants are putting their new knowledge into practice.

The communication plan and action plan designed during the Master Class workshop has secured my unit $170, 000 in funding… I managed to convince our senior staff and donor using the guide given to us on writing reports.” – Sunia Marayawa

Exactly two weeks after the Communicating Science Workshop, using the skills learned, I made my presentation on the “Vegetable Value chain in Central Province for Port Moresby Markets” in the Pacific Value Chain Workshop. Many participants of the workshop (the audience) commented that my presentation was ‘the best’. It was my first time to get a comment like that for my power point presentation.” – Clifton D Gwabu

Read more feedback from the Master Class participants here.

Further Master Classes are planned for 2015 – for details contact Cathy Reade who manages the training with facilitators Jenni Metcalfe from Econnect Communications and Toss Gascoigne from Toss Gascoigne and Associates.