History

History of Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture- MESHA

Background
MESHA has been existence since November 2005. It has over the years drawn its membership from journalists and science communicators in the country who are interested in accurate and factual reporting of science issues. The members of MESHA maintain frequent contact with each other and often cover similar functions or attend the same workshops. The association is self-supporting; funds are drawn from membership fees and donations from corporate sponsors.

Vision
We envision an informed and empowered population that is conscious of emerging issues in agriculture, environment and health in Kenya and the wider East Africa region.

Mission
To promote the development of agriculture and environmental communication through an interactive and holistic approach that involves journalists and other stakeholders in order to improve science journalism in Kenya and the wider East Africa 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.
  3. To network and exchange information with like-minded organizations, research institutes, scientists and stakeholders with a view to improving science communication in the region.
  4. To liaise with stakeholders to fund and foster training of journalists/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. To advocate for accurate, balanced and development-friendly communication of environmental, health and sustainable development issues.

Core values

  • Objectivity
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Honesty