Media Fellowship Programme – Tanzania

TZ DNAOur Fellowship programme has been running in Tanzania since November 2012. In the first round, B4FA welcomed 17 Tanzanian media professionals from print, radio and TV into the Fellowship. They hailed from throughout the United Republic, from Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam to Dodoma and Arusha.

The Fellowship programme kicked off with a four day long residential training and dialogue workshop, held at the Palace Hotel, Arusha from 5-8 November 2012. Fellows were able to interact with scientific, regulatory and journalism experts from Tanzania, Kenya, the UK and US over the four day period, and made two field trips to the Dominant alleles - exerciseAfrica regional headquarters of the World Vegetable Centre (AVRDC) and to commercial seed breeders Rijk Zwaan Afrisem ltd. Case studies of biosciences work being carried out in Tanzania were reported by senior representatives from the Agricultural Research Institute at Naliendele, the Sugarcane Research Institute Kibaha, Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute, and Mkuranga district agricultural extension services.

Since then, B4FA fellows in the country have continued to write and publish pieces on key scientific work and Trial plot at Afrisemregulatory developments in Tanzania and internationally, and have made visits to ARI Naliendele in Mtwara, Sokoine Univeristy of Agriculture in Morogoro, Selian Agricultural Research Institute in Arusha, and a private tissue culture facility operated by ecoagriconsult ltd in Arusha. As a result of feedback, B4FA has been delighted to extend the fellowships from the original 6 month timescale to a full 18 months, so we can expect even more reporting and engagement to come.

In April 2013, B4FA begins a second round of Media Fellowships in Tanzania with a training and dialogue workshop to be held in Arusha. We look forward to welcoming a further 19 media professionals into our family of Fellows!