24 ECOWAS community radio journalists’ training underway

Oct 28, 2021, 12:55 PM

At least 24 journalists drawn from six West African countries, namely: The Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Guinea and Cote D’Ivoire on Monday started a five day intensive training on Agro-pastoral sector.

The five days training held at Baobab Hotel in Bijilo, is funded by West Arica Integrated and Secure Pastoralism Project (PEPISAO) and coordinated by CILLS through ECOWAS.

The aim of the training is to equip community radio journalists in Western Corridor for a better understanding of the Agro-pastoral sector and an improved treatment of information on pastoralism, with focus on conflict prevention and management.

The expected outcomes of the training are that, journalists are expected to improve their knowledge and understanding of Agro-pastoral sector and its acts as well as put in place a system for monitoring new productions and monitoring their broadcast.

Speaking on behalf of the Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Agriculture, Ebrima O. Jallow, who doubles as president of the Gambia National Livestock Owners Association (NaLOA), described the training as very vital as it will help the continent to address conflict toward pastoralism. He said journalists have a big role to play in maintenance of peace in the communities.

He said The Gambia is not recording many pastoral problems like other West African countries, where farmers fight each other.

“In Africa, the population is increasing everyday and agriculture activities are taking place and the lands are used for other purposes and this can be one of the reasons that cause conflict in our sub region,” he said.

Mr Jallow commended journalists for promoting peace toward pastoralism in the country and challenged them to do more. He called on Africans to take the responsibility to maintain peace and stability in Africa and not to fight because of land, agriculture or pastoralism, saying governments in our continent, the society, NGOs, media, and even farmers have a role to play.

In his official opening statement, Dr. Bio Goura Soule, representative from ECOWAS, said more dialogue is needed between farmers to reduce 75% of conflict in the pastoral sector, saying “in doing so, journalists have a key role to play especially the community radio journalists.

According to him, for the training to have an impact on the reduction of pastoral conflict, it is important to bring together journalists from community radio stations in cross-border areas that are on the front line in the regions directly concerned, but also journalists from newsrooms in areas that are hostile or indifferent to transhumance.

He said among the specific objectives of the training are to raise awareness of the Agro-pastoral system as key for economic development in West Africa and familiarise journalists with the different concepts or tools of conflict prevention and management in relation to pastoralism.

Dr. Bio noted that familiarising journalists with techniques and approaches for processing and disseminating information from the Agro-pastoral sector is another objective of the day's training. 

Read Other Articles In Headlines
Lamin and Ahmed
Traders call on gov’t to engage landlords in reducing shop rentals amid covid-19
Apr 21, 2020, 12:10 PM

As the coronavirus pandemic affects all sectors including the trade industry, a number of shops and storekeepers along the Westfield-Bambo Highway have called on authorities to negotiate with landlords to trim down shop rentals.

UDP Kassa Jatta
UDP Kassa Jatta faces rioting, other charges
Dec 13, 2022, 10:08 AM

Dodou Kassa Jatta, a strong militant of the United Democratic Party ( UDP), was yesterday paraded before Magistrate Mben Faal of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court and charged on six counts of rioting after proclamation contrary to section 74 of the Criminal Code, preventing or obstructing the making of proclamation contrary to Section 75 of the Criminal Code, rioting injuring buildings, machinery etc contrary to Section 77 of the Criminal Code, threatening violence contrary to Section 84 of the Criminal Code, common nuisance contrary to Section160 of the Criminal Code and idle and disorderly contrary to Section 166 of the Criminal Code.

Govt inaugurates
Gov’t inaugurates ‘joint investigative panel’ to investigate alleged coup plot  
Dec 28, 2022, 11:51 AM

Banjul, The Gambia — Members of the public, the Diplomatic and Consular Corps are informed that The Gambia Government has today, Tuesday 27th December, 2022, inaugurated a “Joint Investigative Panel” to investigate the foiled coup plot against the legitimate Government of President Adama Barrow.

British ambassador and Environ Minister
British High Commissioner expresses full support for Ministry of Environment
May 12, 2022, 11:08 AM

The British High Commissioner to The Gambia, David Belgrove has expressed his commitment to continue working with and supporting The Gambia’s Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources (MECCNAR) in accessing climate financing particularly for its programmes on resilience and adaptation.