Posts From March, 2016

Workshop on “Mobilizing Science for Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security: Engaging the Media in Lao PDR” 

IWMI-SEA along with several other CGIAR Centers (CIAT, IRRI, ICRAF) and WLE provided support to CCAFS by co-organizing a 2 day workshop on “Mobilizing Science for Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security: Engaging the Media in Lao PDR” on 29-30 April 2015.  The workshop was also supported by the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) and the Lao Journalists Association.  Participants included 56 journalists from all sections of the media covering all provinces in Laos.

The objective of the event was to enable journalists to better articulate the key issues and concerns on climate change, agriculture and food security in Lao PDR through improved science-based reporting in order to   influence decision-makers, key stakeholders and farming communities. Moreover, the workshop aimed to encourage the media to regularly publish/broadcast/upload stories on climate change, agriculture and food security in the country and initiate a vibrant public-private communication and social mobilization network in the region, with the journalists as primary members.

 

Launch of Climate-smart Village (CSV)

On the second day of the Engaging the Media workshop, IWMI-SEA organized the launch of the first Climate Smart Village (CSV) in Lao PDR. 95 participants took part in the visit to Ekxang village, Phonhong District, Vientiane Province. The Ekxang village CSV is coordinated by IWMI. It was nominated in 2014 as a result of IWMI research, still underway in the village, to test and promote sustainable ways of achieving greater use of groundwater for agriculture. Ekxang was also selected due to its proximity to markets, strong local institutions and a spirit of entrepreneurship in the community.

 

Posted by IWMI Wednesday, March 16, 2016 11:12:00 AM