29) ICRISAT signs MOU with Philippine science journalists association

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the Philippine Science Journalists Association Inc. (PSciJourn) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Quezon City, Philippines, recently to forge partnership, cooperation and coordination on matters relating to innovative agricultural research and capacity building for sustainable development.

ICRISAT Director General William Dar and PSciJourn President Angelo Palmones signed the MOU with senior ICRISAT and PSiJourn officials as witnesses.

PSciJourn is a non-stock and non-profit association of science journalists, science and technology (S&T) communicators and advocates committed to create a science consciousness and culture in the Philippines. It supports public and private efforts in developing a science-oriented citizenry by promoting public awareness, understanding and appreciation of S&T. PSciJourn creates a pool of science journalists, and works out training and scholarships programs for S&T journalists.

With the MOU, ICRISAT and PSciJourn agree to undertake joint activities aimed at increasing the level of the people’s awareness in innovative agricultural research and capacity building for sustainable development to attain scientific excellence and relevance in agriculture in the semi-arid tropics, and in the Philippines.

Both organizations will promote a higher level of S&T consciousness and understanding among media practitioners in the Philippines. Specifically, they shall jointly undertake activities that include development of media releases, media seminars, trainings, conferences, workshops and roundtable discussions. ICRISAT and PSciJourn will map out a work plan containing proposals and details of projects and activities to implement the MOU.

Meanwhile, in the same event, the new set of officers and members of the board directors of PSciJourn were inducted into office by Dr Dar.

For further information, contact Dr Rex Navarro at rex(dot)Navarro(at)cgiar(dot)org.

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