Michael Hailu, Director the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) said, It is important to engage the media in raising awareness about the important role agriculture plays in producing healthy and nutritious food, and the huge potential it has in providing employment opportunities for young people. He added, The media awards provide a good motivation to get journalists interested in agriculture, and CTA is pleased to host these awards.
This, the third Regional Excellence in Agricultural Journalism Competition, supported by the CTA in collaboration with the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI). Under the theme for the competition Achieving Food and Nutrition Security through Regional Cooperation.
The winners of the competition are:
Excellence in Print Journalism: Desmond Brown (Jamaica)
Excellence in Television Journalism: Isani Cayetano (Belize)
Excellence in Radio Journalism: Sterling Henderson (Trinidad and Tobago)
Excellence inOnline and Digital Media: Athaliah Reynolds (Jamaica)
Youth/Citizen Journalist - Shahad Ali (Trinidad and Tobago)
The competition provided journalists with a platform to investigate the challenges and opportunities the region is faced with in moving towards being food secure and hunger free by 2025 in the Caribbean. It aimed at raising the level of awareness on the issues of food and nutrition security and the importance of agricultural research, capacity building and rural development in the Caribbean.
According to Dr Arlington Chesney, Executive Director, CARDI, I am pleased with the level of response we got from the journalists. The media has a crucial role in agriculture in raising awareness and in the sharing of information. They are important stakeholders in agriculture. The competition provided the media with an opportunity to be innovative in highlighting agricultural issues in the Caribbean, said Chesney.
Photo: (L-R) His Excellency President Donald Ramoutar, Desmond Brown, winner Excellence in Print Journalism
The winners each received a commemorative plaque, a cash prize of US$1,000 and a round trip to Guyana to attend the Awards Ceremony at the Guyana International Conference Centre.
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. CARDI has been working with the Association of Caribbean MediaWorkers (ACM) and the InterAmerican Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) supported by the CTA on several initiatives aimed at building capacity and strengthening information dissemination.