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Lagos workshop to train journalists on wellness, nutrition

24 April 2014, 14:18

Lagos -  Government officials have confirmed their participation at an upcoming workshop aimed at raising the level of media coverage of nutrition, water, agriculture and rural development.

Nestle, the international wellness and nutrition firm, is organizing the workshop.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday next week at the Darlington Hall, Industrial Crescent in Ilupeju.

Officials said this was in pursuit of its commitment to promote public understanding of nutrition, water, agriculture and rural development issues.

Featured speakers will provide new perspective on how to mainstream such issues.

The Head of Nutrition, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Chris Isokpunwu, will deliver the keynote address titled, “Reducing the risk of under-nutrition in Nigeria through micronutrient fortification: challenges and prospects.”

The President of Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Professor Ngozi Nnam will speak on “The first 1 000 days of life: role of right nutrition and feeding practices.”

The Special Adviser to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Olukayode Oyeleye, will lead a discussion on, “Supporting farming as a business and livelihood of choice in Nigeria: the Agricultural Transformation Agenda of the federal government.”

The President, African Federation of Science Journalists and Editor-in-Chief, AfricaSTI will talk on effective approach to reporting water issues.

The workshop will bring together journalists and development communication experts from print, electronic and online media to discuss the role that media can play in addressing development challenges in nutrition, water and agriculture / rural development.

According to organisers, together they will search for innovative reporting models that will leverage the power of media to shape public debate and policies on these issues for Nigeria’s long term economic development.

– CAJ News

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