They are (in no particular order):
- Ms Faumulna Tafuna'i (Samoa, Pacific)
- Ms Winfred Akhayele Onyimbo (Kenya, Eastern Africa and the Horn)
- Ms Line Rene ANABA (Cameroun, Central Africa)
- Mr Inoussa Maiga (Burkina Faso, Western Africa)
- Ms Patrina Pink (Jamaica, Caribbean)
- Mr Darlington Kahilu (Zambia, Southern Africa)
Says Dr Maria Protz, one of the international competition judges, There were many interesting entries and the race was very tight. It is evident that there are many challenges in value chains development within ACP countries. It was encouraging to learn of the increasing adaptation of new information and communications technologies (ICTs) to improve agriculture.
The competition, which was organized by CTA as a run up to the international conference on value chains in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia from November 6 -9, was intended to gain understanding of the current scenario of value chains development in ACP countries. Specifically, the competition was aimed at encouraging media specialists to investigate challenges and opportunities for smallholder farmers to engage in value chains, showcase success stories, and best practices that can be replicated and raise awareness on the importance of agriculture and rural development.
This competition is an excellent initiative showcasing best practices about the importance of media and communications in promoting value chains. The candidates showed talent, creativity and originality in bringing out local experiences and practices around value chains in ACP countries, notes Prof. Gervais Mbarga, another international competition judge.
The winners will each receive a cash prize of Euros 1000. The final selection of the top three winners will be decided, and announced on 9 November 2012, during the international conference on value chains in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.
CTA conducts carefully selected media competitions to raise awareness, leading to understanding and action, about critical issues affecting agricultural and rural development.