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Journalists from Jamaica, Belize, and Trinidad win regional agricultural award

Published in Antigua Observer Newspaper, 2 Oct 2013

October 2, 2013

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad- Journalists from Jamaica, Belize and Trinidad and Tobago have been named as winners in the third Regional Excellence in Agricultural Journalism Competition, 2013.

The Trinidad-based Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the European-based Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA), said the winners would receive a commemorative plaque, a cash prize of US$1,000 and a round trip to Guyana to attend the Awards Ceremony on October 09.

The winners have been named as Jamaicans Desmond Brown, who won in the "Excellence in Print Journalism" and Athaliah Reynolds in the Excellence in Online and Digital Media categories.

Isani Cayetano of Belize won the "Excellence in Television Journalism" while Trinidadians Sterling Henderson and Shahad Ali won in the "Excellence in Radio Journalism" and "Youth/Citizen Journalist" categories respectively.

CARDI's Executive Director, Dr. Arlington Chesney, said entries for this year's competition were of a high standard, reflecting deeper knowledge and a greater understanding of agricultural issues.

"We've very pleased with this year's competition in which we have seen a wider range of issues being presented by the media. Their stories were informative and educational and promoted a deeper understanding of the agricultural sector and its contribution to the economy and sustainable development," Chesney said.

The inaugural competition in 2011 focused on reporting on "Food and Agriculture Issues" while the 2012 Media Awards were on "Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation and Sustainability'.

According to CARDI, journalism in agriculture has a crucial role in information exchange, awareness building and improving understanding of food and agriculture issues.

It said that the Media Awards competition encourages journalists and producers to probe the challenges and opportunities for improving food and nutrition security in the Caribbean thus raising the level of awareness on the important role of agricultural research, training and rural development.

Since 2006, CARDI has been working with the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) on several initiatives aimed at strengthening information dissemination within the agriculture community and linkages with the media.

The Awards Ceremony will form part of the activities marking Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) which begins in Guyana on Friday.