Write-shop in Sri Lanka

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Two days write-shop organized at Kandy in Sri Lanka, on 26th -27th August for mNutrition (GoviNet) project. The objective of the program was to streamline and accelerate the content development activity. Content team comprising various officers from Fruit Research Development Institute (FRDI) and Field Crop Research & Development Institute (FCRDI), Department of Agriculture- Sri Lanka, along with CABI–South Asia, and CABI- Sri Lanka participated in the program.

Messages on two major crops viz. maize and papaya were developed, on all relevant topics considering the quality assurance criteria. Altogether 28 actionable messages have been developed for the target audience. The messages were kept short, comprehensive and simple. The developed messages were validated through discussion among the experts, facilitators and the participants.

The program was quite participative and productive. Various practical exercises adopted in the program, which were quite helpful in engaging participants and in making them learn actively to develop effective content. It was felt that such program should be organized regularly. The write-shop ended successfully.

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Content Writeshop for Govinet Project

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Two days content writeshop was organized in ISTI, Kandy, Sri Lanka on 16th-17th of April for the Govinet Project. 19 people participated in the program. Participants were from CABI South Asia and Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka. The objective of the program is to develop mobile messages for providing timely information on nutrition, to learn about mobile advisory and its effectiveness, to develop user friendly mobile content and to learn basic concept of mobile communication.

Altogether, there were 19 participants, including experts and facilitators. In the workshop aim and objectives of the project were highlighted. The session on country content framework was held which was focused towards addressing the key points to be considered to generate content and messages and the rationale for the selection of the crop and livestock as per the micronutrient component.

On second day, message and factsheets templates were discussed and evaluation of the workshop was done. The program ends up successfully. The Govinet project is funded by the DFID, which aims to facilitate fast transfer of technology to the farmers through mobile phones and to improve household nutrition through information about nutrient rich agri-produces and promoting dietary diversity.