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(Fully Funded) Reporting Rural Poverty and Agricultural Development Workshop 2020 in Italy

Dates: 10 February 13 February | Location: Rome, Italy

Application deadline: 06 January


Thomson Reuters Foundation works with journalists 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 per cent of the world’s poorest people live outside urban centres, 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 urbanising communities.


In order to ensure the daily issues faced by rural poor people and their communities are acknowledged, it is important that their stories are heard and their voices are amplified. With funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the specialised UN agency, we will bring together journalists from around the world in Rome to attend IFAD's event on innovative approaches to inclusive financing for rural transformation.


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), channelling 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.



ELIGIBILITY

  • 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.

  • They would also like to see professional evidence of your interest in the field of rural peoples’ issues and development.


FUNDING

Thomson Reuters Foundation, through IFAD funding and support, offers full bursaries for journalists from developing world countries working for established media organisations. Bursaries would include air travel expenses (economy class), accommodation, local transfers and meals. Please note that you need to check visa requirements and ensure you have the necessary documentation required. The cost of your visa and any other related costs will be the responsibility of the participant. This arrangement is subject to variation.


SUBMISSIONS

Please provide the following: Statment explaining your motivation to attend; your CV or biography; and two examples of your work.


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