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Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting Rural Poverty and Agricultural Development Workshop 2020 for African Journalists (Funded to Rome, Italy)

Thomson Reuters Foundation, through IFAD funding and support, offers full bursaries for journalists from developing world countries working for established media organisations to attend IFAD’s event on innovative approaches to inclusive financing for rural transformation. 

Application Deadline: 6th January 2020

Eligible Countries: Developing Countries

To Be Taken At (Country):  Rome, Italy

About the Award: In order to ensure the daily issues faced by rural poor people and their communities are acknowledged, it is important that their stories are heard and their voices are amplified.  With funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the specialised UN agency, we will bring together journalists from around the world in Rome to attend IFAD’s event on innovative approaches to inclusive financing for rural transformation.

Being at the conference will allow journalists access to high profile delegates, leading experts in the issues, including IFAD and UN technical experts, as well as a number of small holder farmers who will be invited.

IFAD works with those most affected by poverty, food security, gender inequality, environment and climate change.

Type: Workshop


  • An opportunity for journalists from across Africa.
  • Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors to a media organisation. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country, and should have at least two years’ professional experience and have a good level in spoken and written English.  Facilitators will also speak French.
  • We would also like to see professional evidence of your interest in the field of rural peoples’ issues and development.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: Bursaries would include air travel expenses (economy class), accommodation, local transfers and meals. Please note that you need to check visa requirements and ensure you have the necessary documentation required.  The cost of your visa and any other related costs will be the responsibility of the participant. This arrangement is subject to variation.

Duration of Program: 10 February to 13 February 2020

How to Apply: Please provide the following:  Statement explaining your motivation to attend; your CV or biography; and two examples of your work.


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