IITA trains science messengers to promote agricultural research
In a virtual seminar organized by IITA–CGIAR on 12 September, Program Manager of Biotech and Genome Editing Communication in IITA Nairobi, Patricia Nanteza, spoke about “Empowering effective science messengers through capacity building and communication.” Nanteza highlighted her work in Science Communication over the last three years and its impact across Africa.
Nanteza shared her experience working with the IITA Communication Office in Ibadan as a Science Writer before taking on the Program Manager role. She explained how she amplified the work of scientists through print and video documentaries. Highlighting two major stories that showcased the excellent work of scientists over the years, she mentioned the IITA Insect Museum in Benin for pest control and advocacy for science-based guidelines for gene-edited products. She also shared videos that showcased the celebration of IITA’s contributions to plant health during the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) 2020. “This research has contributed to the greatness of the Institute,” she said.