Do you communicate your research findings effectively?

Communication with users of knowledgeANAFE, ICRAF and FoodAfrica convened a regional training workshop on how to effectively communicate with users of knowledge

More than 40 lecturers, researchers and postgraduate students from 22 African countries

were taken through a comprehensive training on communicating effectively with users of knowledge.

The training, held on 13th -16th October 2015 at the World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi, was geared towards equipping lecturers, researchers and students in African tertiary agricultural education and research institutions with the knowledge and skills on how they can effectively package the findings of their scientific studies. The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) facilitated the workshop.

“We received more than 300 applications but could only accommodate about 40; this is a clear indication of the demand that exists for such training” said Prof. Aissetou Yaye, ANAFE Executive Secretary.

The training was prompted by the fact that many farmer organizations, government agencies and their support systems do not understand exactly what research organizations do and how the research findings can benefit them. Much of the work is technical and scientific and the research is written for journals and not for the intended beneficiaries of the findings.

The overall objective of the workshop was to equip educators and researchers with skills to communicate their research outputs for impact on development. Specifically, the workshop set out to develop effective communication strategies for researchers on the different ways of reaching various user groups such as farmers, policy makers; and package the outputs of the workshop into a practical guide for communicating with users of knowledge