Covering a food crisis: online tutorials

    | January 24, 2011

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    Already this year there have been reports from Kenya, Ivory Coast and northern Africa about drought, hunger and rising food prices. These are difficult topics to cover as a journalist; the causes are complex. It can be difficult to find the right angle to take, or to estimate the scale of the problem.

    This online tutorial from AlertNet guides you through the maze of topics and controversies related to “food crises.” It examines why food aid is controversial, and suggests what questions to ask and the type of information to gather. It is quite comprehensive but also provides many links to further information and resources.

    You can take the tutorial at your own pace, clicking through slides and answering questions as you go. It may take 30-45 minutes to complete.

    Go directly to the tutorial here: