About

The Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (MESHA)

The Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (MESHA) is an association of science journalists and communicators from all over the country, with emphasis on rural journalism and communication.
The idea for the formation of this association sprang up from the fact that whereas there are many organizations and communicators in the fields of agriculture, environment, health and development, currently there is no organization that brings them together for the betterment of covering these issues in the media in Kenya.

MESHA believes that in a democratic society where science must be answerable to the public, there is real need to find new and innovative ways of more effective mass communication about the benefits of science, but also about areas of concern to the general public.

MESHA aims to ensure continuity, sustainability and consistent coverage of science and development issues as they arise.

Vision

To create an informed and empowered population conscious of emerging issues in agriculture, environment and health issues in Kenya and the region.


Mission

To promote the development of agriculture and environmental communication through an interactive and holistic approach that involves journalists and other stakeholders in improving science journalism in Kenya and the region.
Main objectives

  1. To enhance awareness on environmental, agricultural and sustainable development issues through simple and easy to understand stories and messages.
  2. To carry out investigative writing on the enactment and implementation of appropriate environmental and developmental policies and laws and respect for human rights.
  3. To network and exchange information with like-minded organizations, research institutes, scientists and stakeholders with a view of improving science communication in the region.
  4. To liaise with stakeholders to fund and foster training among communicators on science writing.
  5. To serve as a focal point and hub of information and expertise in agriculture, environment, health and development issues.
  6. Advocate for accurate, balanced and development friendly communication of environmental, health and sustainable development issues.


Membership

  • Professional and practising journalists
  • Scientists and researchers
  • Journalism students
  • Pharmaceutical, research institutes, universities and parastatals.
  • NGOs and CBOs in science.

Areas of Concern

  1. Agriculture
  2. Health
  3. Environment
  4. Research and Technology
  5. Industrial development
  6. Policy

Funds

MESHA’s source of funds include

  • Information Service wing
  • Media Consultancy services
  • Event Organisation
  • Editing services
  • Documentary filming
  • Training
  • Donations from development partners


Roles

  1. Capacity building on coverage of environment, science, health, technology and agricultural issues.
  2. Networking for linkage and awareness creation on the above issues.
  3. Networking for information exchange on these issues.
  4. Interpret issues on agriculture, health and environment into a layman’s language.
  5. Create an interactive forum for scientists and journalists.
  6. Sensitize editors on the need for covering issues on health, agriculture and environment.

Administration

An elected chairman is the overall in charge of all MESHA activities.
The Secretary is in charge of all the public relations activities of the association and the secretary to the Steering Committee.

Staff

The Coordinator is charged with the responsibility of ensuring the smooth day to day running of the organisation on behalf of the Steering Committee.
Steering Committee

It is the highest organ of the association. It supervises the association’s activities. The Steering Committee members are elected at the Annual General Meeting for a term of two years. The committee consists of 11 journalists, four of whom are women.

Collaborators
MESHA seeks to collaborate with local communities, scientists and the media playing a catalytic role in creating space for negotiated science and technology between producers and users of knowledge.
Future Outlook

  1. To incorporate issues of environment, health, and Agriculture into Kenya’s development agenda.
  2. To promote the Science-led development of Africa.
  3. Create a linkage between scientists and the society in addressing issues like food security, poverty and disease.
  4. Increased awareness on health, environment and agricultural issues in Kenya.
  5. An established strong network of journalists reporting on environment science and agriculture in Kenya.