Open Call for Reporting on Food Security and Rural Development in East Africa

Open Call for Reporting on Food Security and Rural Development in East Africa

  • Open Call for Reporting on Food Security and Rural Development in East Africa; The Thomson Reuters Foundation is inviting journalists from East Africa to apply for this workshop, which will cover food security, food production, markets and climate issues and include a skills lab on online verification, social media and digital storytelling.

  • The UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is sponsoring this course, which will build expertise and increase knowledge of issues faced by rural communities, help journalists to present new viewpoints and promote discussion on how small-scale agriculture can respond to the growing demand for food and on the essential need to support rural transformation as food insecurity, climate change and economic uncertainty intensify.

  • This should not be seen as a one-off event. They expect all journalists who attend to pursue stories along these issues in their home countries after the workshop. They will also be offering some selected participants a small grant and assistance from TRF mentors in pursuit of their story.


  • Taking part will give you access to leading IFAD experts as they look at ways to meet the challenges of tackling climate change, food security and production problems set against the backdrop of rising prices and the economic fallout of Covid-19 and global supply problems. You will get a
    chance to interview them about issues in your country.

    Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors working for media organizations based in the following countries: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Tanzania.

  • Applicants should have a minimum of two years’ professional experience, have a good level in spoken and written English and should explain through their applications why they will benefit from participation in this course, and how they plan to use the learning in their professional work.

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

  • Once selected, applicants will also be asked to provide a letter from their editor supporting their participation in the programme, including a commitment to publish the story they will produce should they participate in the mentoring component of the course. This will only be requested by TRF once applicants have been selected for the course.

  • Applicants must have access to a minimum internet speed of 8 MB/second. Applicants will also need access to a computer to participate in the training, participation from a mobile or smart phone will not be possible.

  • Note: To ensure a reliable connection, Thomson Reuters Foundation will contribute to participants’ data costs.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Open Call for Reporting on Food Security and Rural Development in East Africa

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