Nigeria Chapter of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) in Africa is accepting nominations for its 2021 excellent journalism award from journalists covering agriculture, biotechnology, and biological sciences.
Mr Alex Abutu, Media Consultant to OFAB Nigeria, made the announcement on Monday in Abuja.
According to Abutu, the award’s fifth edition honors outstanding journalism that promotes best practices in the implementation of agricultural technologies, notably agricultural biotechnology.
“The Pan-African Agricultural Innovations in Agriculture and Development (PAID) prize was established to promote reliable agricultural biotechnology reporting across Africa.
He added, “The prize also aspires to recognize excellent journalists in all media genres who have covered agricultural biotechnology issues in Sub-Saharan Africa.”
The award’s goals, according to Abutu, were to recognize journalists’ contributions to promoting sustainable agriculture technologies and to improve the quality of agricultural journalism.
He went on to say that the goal was to encourage journalists and media outlets to cover impact stories and report on agricultural biotechnology and other agricultural innovations.
“In addition, it recognizes and supports creative best-practices in agricultural biotechnology and other agricultural technologies that address concerns such as food insecurity, climate change, and long-term sustainability,” says the statement.
According to Abutu, the award was established to ensure that journalists reporting on the subject matter were exposed to global best practices in the profession. Dr Rose Gidado, OFAB Country Coordinator for Nigeria, said the award was instituted to ensure that journalists reporting on the subject matter were exposed to global best practices in the profession.
Gidado stated that no country can progress without science and technology, and that Nigerian farmers were lagging behind their peers owing to the lack of use of technology.
OFAB, she said, would honor journalists who took the effort to educate and enlighten farmers about the benefits of emerging and innovative technologies.
The award, which is available to all agriculture and science journalists in broadcast, print, and internet media, only accepts one entry per applicant, according to her.
“The entry should be a story published or aired between June 2020 and July 2021 and the dateline for submission of entries is Monday, Aug. 31.