07 Jun 2021 18:47 IST

ISB, IndiaSpend launch food and agriculture course

The course is relevant to journalists, students, and civil society organisations

The Indian School of Business (ISB) has launched an online course on “Better Reporting on Food and Agriculture” in collaboration with IndiaSpend School of Data Journalism (ISDJ). The course provides access to India Data Portal (IDP) developed by the Bharti Institute of Public Policy (BIPP) at ISB. This is an open-access portal for journalists to access, interact with, and visualise information, data and knowledge related to agriculture and financial inclusion, while also aiding other beneficiaries — researchers, students, policymakers, administrators, NGOs, and entrepreneurs, according to an ISB statement.

Participants can log in to study offline and upon completion, secure an online certification. The food and agriculture course is free for the applicants.

Open-source data

For journalists, researchers, and public policy experts, finding updated data, facts, and figures on food, agriculture and financial inclusion can be an uphill task. The course aims to provide an understanding of the broad aspects around the state of agriculture in India, an overview of relevant food and agriculture policies in India, insights on the various initiatives introduced by the government around and supporting the agriculture activities.

The course also provides an in-depth understanding of the India Data Portal, which is a one-stop destination for open-access data on agriculture, rural development and financial inclusion in India. This course is relevant to newsrooms, journalism, and public policy students, development sector professionals, members of the food and agriculture associations, data enthusiasts, policymakers, academia, and civil society organisations.

In-depth understanding

Participants will be trained by Prof Ashwini Chhatre, Executive Director of Bharti Institute of Public Policy, Indian School of Business among host of other experts.

“Understanding India’s food and agriculture landscape can be daunting as there is a plethora of information available in a raw and unfiltered manner. The Better Reporting on Food and Agriculture course will help journalists, researchers, students, policymakers, administrators, NGOs, and entrepreneurs get an in-depth understanding of the subject area, understand India’s regulatory landscape related to agriculture and orient participants to file better visually aided stories using the India Data Portal,” said Dr Aarushi Jain, Associate Director, Bharti Institute of Public Policy