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Six Journalists Receive Award for Outstanding Reporting on Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services

Wageningen, The Netherlands, 31 October 2011

February 23, 2013

Acknowledging the crucial role that media play in raising awareness, understanding and action about educating and empowering farmers with the latest technology and information they need to meet the worlds growing food demands, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), announced the results of a journalist competition on agricultural extension and advisory services in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP).

Of the more than 145 entries, the international judges have selected six winners, one each from the four African sub-regions, the Caribbean and the Pacific. The winners are:

  • Anish Chand (Fiji, Pacific)
  • James Karuga (Kenya, Eastern Africa)
  • Anne Matho Moutsou, (Cameroun, Central Africa)
  • Patrina Pink (Jamaica, Caribbean)
  • Bourima Sanga, (Burkina Faso, Western Africa)
  • Kizito Sikuka (Zimbabwe, Southern Africa)

Alison Saunders, chief judge and Managing Director, SFA Communications and Blue Waters Production, Barbados remarked, From the entries, it is evident that there are many challenges facing farmers in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific. At the same time, it was extremely encouraging to learn about innovations such as the increasing use of information and communications technologies (ICTs), like mobile phones and internet-based solutions to meet the needs of the farming communities.

The competitionorganized by CTA as a run up to the international conference on extension and advisory services in Nairobi, Kenya from November 15 to 18was aimed at encouraging journalists to investigate challenges and opportunities in providing extension and advisory services to farmers, to showcase success stories and best practices that can be replicated, and to generally raise awareness about the importance of agriculture and rural development.

This competition is an excellent initiative. Ultimately, it showcased best practices about the importance of media and communications in promoting agricultural development. The candidates showed talent, creativity and originality in bringing out local experiences and practices around extension and advisory services in ACP countries, said Professor Gervais Mbarga, Professor, information and communication, University of Moncton, Canada, another international judge.

The winners will each receive a cash prize of Euros 1000. A final selection of the top three winners will be announced on 17 November 2011, during the conference on Innovations in Extension and Advisory Services: Linking Knowledge to Policy and Action for Food and Livelihoods in Nairobi, Kenya.