Communications Toolkit


FOOD SECURITY Communications Toolkit

 



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FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Rome 2011


Abstract

Food security professionals increasing realize that they must use communications strategically for their work to have a maximum impact. While most organizations have invested heavily in food security analysis and research, many still need to enhance their communications to ensure their findings reach their intended users and action is taken.

This toolkit is geared to helping food security professionals develop a communication strategy and communicate more effectively with their target audiences. Specific sections of the toolkit focus on policy makers and the media, because of the important role they play in implementing and influencing food security policies.

The toolkit also looks at specific information products such as policy briefs, reports and early warning bulletins, and suggests ways to structure and improve them. A section on writing effectively, which focuses on grammar and style, makes sure that written documents are easy to read. Finally, the toolkit gives tips for using the internet, social media and Web 2.0 tools as these technologies offer unprecedented opportunities for engaging in two way dialogues with global audiences. The toolkit also includes readymade templates and dozens of tips and tricks distilled from many years of experience.

While aimed at professionals working in food security related fields, the lessons in this toolkit can easily be applied to many other fields.



TABLE OF CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION

DESIGNING YOUR COMMUNICATION STRATEGY
1.1 Identify and analyse your audiences
1.2 Define your communication objectives and messages
1.3 Select the best channels for presenting your information
1.4 Plan and evaluate your communication activities

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WORKING WITH THE MEDIA
2.1 Approaching the media
2.2 Techniques for working with the media

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COMMUNICATING WITH POLICY MAKERS
3.1 Presenting information to policymakers
3.2 Lobbying for food security

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WRITING EFFECTIVE REPORTS
4.1 Preparing policy briefs
4.2 More reporting formats
4.3 Writing effectively

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ANNEXES

FURTHER READING

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