2020 Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting Rural Poverty and Agricultural Development Programme for Journalists

Deadline: January 6, 2020.

In order to ensure the daily issues faced by rural poor people and their communities are acknowledged, it is important that their stories are heard and their voices are amplified.  With funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the specialised UN agency, we will bring together journalists from around the world in Rome to attend IFAD’s event on innovative approaches to inclusive financing for rural transformation. 

The 2030 Global Agenda requires the development of innovative approaches incentivizing sustainable and inclusive investments. Such approaches are about aligning private and public investors around shared sustainable development objectives and mobilizing diverse sources of development finance (including climate finance and private finance), channeling it towards rural investors, including smallholder farmers and rural small and medium enterprises (SMEs).


1. Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors to a media organisation. 

2. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country.

3. Have at least two years’ professional experience and have a good level in spoken and written English.

4. Journalists who cover finance are particularly encouraged to apply.

5. They would also like to see professional evidence of your interest in the field of rural peoples’ issues and development.


Thomson Reuters Foundation, through IFAD funding and support, offers full bursaries for journalists from developing world countries working for established media organisations. Bursaries would include air travel expenses (economy class), accommodation, local transfers and meals.


Please provide the following:  Statment explaining your motivation to attend; your CV or biography; and two examples of your work.



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