As the TADEP projects progressed, each identified communications as an area that they would like assistance with and investment into. At the 2017 TADEP Annual Meeting it was agreed that TADEP would facilitate a multi-faceted communications initiative which would include capturing early stories of impact and building the communications capacity of the projects.

To assist with both elements, TADEP engaged Conor Ashleigh (visual storyteller and development communications specialist) to create a series of short videos and set of photographs that cover the work of the TADEP projects and also offer communications training and capacity development to interested project teams.

The stories of impact are available in the Impact section of the TADEP website, each reflecting how the individual projects respond to the over-arching themes or objectives of the program. The videos have been showcased on multiple media platforms and have been made available to each of the projects to demonstrate the outcomes and impact of their research.

For copies of the videos or photos, contact us.

Whilst the footage that was captured was of the individual progress that each project had made, the short videos are focused on the intersecting themes that are fundamental to the TADEP program objectives. Each video reflects one of the program goals and features at least two of the projects that can demonstrate how the project is responding to the respective goal. Story ideas were nominated by the respective projects and filming was undertaken in February 2018.

Florence Rahiria and Conor Ashleigh interviewing Galip Nut farmer in East New Britain.
NARI researchers based at the Kerevat research station

As part of the filming, a range of communications training and capacity development opportunities were offered to each of the projects. The Galip Nut and Sweetpotato projects requested communications training, and respective participatory workshops were hosted by NARI Kerevat and FPDA Goroka. The ACIAR Country Staff also travelled for components of the filming to build their capacity in identifying and capturing stories of impact.

For more information about the communications workshop as part of the program capacity building, click here.