FAC’s Communications and Networking team works to ensure that FAC research is strategically communicated to make significant contributions to the agriculture policy (e.g. in Africa). As such, FAC is:
- Generating awareness of FAC’s existence;
- Building our presence via outreach/engagement throughout our research processes;
- Participating in policy and media discussions, debates and networks;
- Creating alliances with key partners to continue to build our presence;
- Becoming recognised as a distinctive, reliable, and independent voice on agriculture policy research in Africa;
- Exerting influence by producing timely, relevant and authoritative contributions
Three principles underpin this approach:
- Engagement between researchers and academia, government, media, private sector, etc. can improve the quality and substance of the research as well as ensure that research contributes to learning.
- Interaction with a diversity of stakeholders can provide not only useful inputs into research but can also protect against undue influences by any one group.
- Independent researchers can provide the setting in which to bring together these diverse groups to discuss difficult challenges.