posted Jun 17, 2015, 11:48 PM by Rowena Baltazar (IRRI)
by Maria Rowena M. Baltazar and Tara Chand Dhoundiyal
India – “Communication holds the key” in
effectively transferring knowledge generated by research, and it becomes more
crucial when informing farmers of innovations that can help them.
affirmation of the important role of communication in helping science solve
real-world problems was given by Jeet Singh Sandhu, agriculture commissioner of
India, to the 26 participants of a weeklong masterclass in communicating
research to stakeholders held in Kashmir, India.
Sandhu is also deputy director general for crop sciences of the Indian Council
of Agricultural Research, which partnered with the National Food Security
Mission and IRRI’s STRASA in organizing the project, seeking to equip
project partners with capacity to communicate the work and progress being made
under the project.
Shankar Singh, STRASA coordinator for South Asia, added that “no technology or
research innovation can reach the end user unless communicated in the right
manner to right set of stakeholders.”
class on “communicating research to
stakeholders” was conducted by the team of instructors from Crawford Fund
and Econnect Communication from Australia. The week long training from 26 April
to 02 May 2015, was held at Sher-I-Kashmir International Convention Centre
(SKICC) in Srinagar, Kashmir, India.
Among the participants from IRRI-STRASA included Dr. Najam
Waris Zaidi, Dr. Sarvesh Shukla, Mr. Tara Chand Dhoundiyal, and Mr. Mayank
Sharma (India), and Ms. Maria Rowena M. Baltazar (Philippines).
Dr. Manzoor Hussain Dar, IRRI senior associate
scientist based in India, was the overall training coordinator, with Mr. Sandeep
Baluni from IRRI/STRASA-India, providing logistical support.