Mongar, 8-12 July: A five-day long writeshop on ‘Comprehensive Report Writingand Multimedia’ is underway in RDC-Wengkhar. Thirty participants from the Market Access and Growth Intensification Project (MAGIP) funded sites of Lhuentse, Mongar, Pemagatshel, Samdrup Jongkhar, Trashigang and Trashi Yangtse along with representatives from the National Centre for Animal Nutrition, Regional Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives Office and RDC-Wengkhar are attending it.
The writeshop developed in line with the MAGIP knowledge management strategy is aimed to inculcate and strengthen report writing culture among the field staff in a simple and easy format. It will also introduce them the various multimedia tools to disseminate the success stories and document the case studies of project related activities.
It is a first of its kind under MAGIP and is being facilitated by the resource persons from the Athang Training Academy, Thimphu; the Council for RNR-Research of Bhutan, MAGIP and RDC-Wengkhar.
Various theory and practical assignments on the multimedia related topics such as its introduction, how to write case studies and web reporting; picture story, audio recording, photography, Photoshop, effective usage of social media, Dzongkha Unicode will be covered.
The participants will be guided on writing of case studies covering irrigation, dairy, marketing, outreach program, electric fencing, agro-tourism, feed blocking machine, school linking program, one stop farmers’ shop and community forestry plantation. These reports will highlight the project impact and benefits in improving the farmers livelihoods including women participants. These reports will be later published for future reference as well as included in the MAGIP Newsletter, which comprises the last two pages of the monthly RNR-Newsletter.
Although, the project has been carrying out lot of activities in the field but very little of its achievements are visible in terms of publication. This is due to lack of proper documentation. Similar concerns were also highlighted during the joint annual review by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) mission in November 2013.
Further, MAGIP has a few number of forums such as IFAD website, Newsletter and MAGIP page at Facebook but stakeholders hardly make use of it. In order to address this gap, the writeshop has been planned to enhance the staff capacity while also encouraging them to continue writing for easy flow of information sharing.
Following the training, the participants will act as the communication focal point for the project with regard to the sectoral reporting for newsletter, web posting, reports and other social media portals. The focal points will be issued a digital camera each to help them document the project activities.
Organised by the project coordination unit of MAGIP, the writeshop concludes on 12 July with the awarding of certificates to the participants.
-By Sangay Wangdi, Project Director, MAGIP and Tshering Doma, ICS
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