Converting policy research into policy decisions

the role of communication and the media

A major challenge in achieving food security in any given developing country is addressing the dichotomy between academic research and policy decision-making. The work that researchers conduct often does not reach policymakers because of inadequate and inappropriate policy communication. The link between research and decision-making systems remains weak. This paper explores the strategies for effective policy communication and provides some suggestions on how policy researchers can reach policymakers and the media to enhance the impact of their findings.

A slightly different version of this paper appeared as: von Grebmer, Klaus. “Converting Policy Research into Policy Decisions: The Role of Communication and the Media” In S.C. Babu and A. Gulati, editors. Economic Reforms and Food Security in South Asia: The Role of Trade and Technology. The Haworth Press, Binghamton, NY. 2005.

von Grebmer, Klaus
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International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
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