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Presentation For the Science for Impact- Building The Critical Mass. Workshop Facilitated by CTA and Jointly Organized by UNRE, NARI and USP School of Agriculture and Food Technology, Samoa
Theme 4. Communication, Consultation and Cooperation.
Justin Kehatsin from the PNG University of Technology’s Department of Language and Communications gave a presentation on communicating science for development. This is a major theme of his Department, emphasizing the critical need for agricultural practitioners to learn and find ways to communicate with farmers and their communities in meaningful and empowering ways to effect innovative development. He stated that communication skills are vital in establishing trust, goodwill and success in rural based projects and outlined the responsibilities of land users, governments, NGCs and universities. The university offers a two year Diploma of Technology in Communication for Development with another two year extension for a Bachelor in Technology degree. The Department also now administers and offers the modular Graduate Certificate in Communicating Science and Technology which has been tried, tested and proven useful in PNG.