UN IFAD/Thomson Reuters Foundation East Africa Food Security and Rural Development Report

Application deadline: April 27, 2022

Reporting on Food Security and Rural Development in East Africa – May 16-19 Online Workshop

Food security is a growing global concern. Food prices are at historic highs. But what are policy makers doing to address these issues and who is ensuring that the rural poor and their communities are heard and their stories are told?

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


  • The Thomson Reuters Foundation invites journalists from East Africa to apply for this workshop, which will cover food security, food production, markets and climate issues and will include a skills lab on online verification, media social media and digital storytelling.
  • Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors working for media organizations based in the following countries: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania.
  • Applicants should have at least two years of work experience, have a good level of spoken and written English and should explain in their application why they will benefit from attending this course and how they plan to use the learning in their professional work.

Application procedure

  • Once selected, applicants will also be asked to provide a letter from their editor supporting their participation in the program, including a commitment to publish the story they will produce if they participate in the mentorship component of the course. This will only be requested by TRF once candidates have been selected for the course.
  • Applicants must have access to a minimum internet speed of 8MB/second. (You can check the speed of your device at www.speedtest.net). Candidates will also need to have access to a computer to participate in the training; participation from a mobile phone or smartphone will not be possible.

Please note: In order to ensure a reliable connection, the Thomson Reuters Foundation will contribute to participants’ data costs.


Applicants will be asked to upload the following documents as part of the application process:

• Two relevant work samples (maximum file size 5MB). TV/Radio journalists can submit program transcripts, a brief synopsis and/or links to online versions. Participants are encouraged to provide details of the circulation and reach of their publications if possible.
• A biography of no more than 250 words describing your career.
• A 250-500 word statement describing how you hope to benefit from this course, how you plan to use what you learn in your professional work, and any factors affecting your work as a journalist that may be considered relevant to your application.

Please note that places available are limited; TRF will consider all applications on merit.

If you are having difficulty applying, please email [email protected]

For more information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the East Africa Food Security and Rural Development Report

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