OFAB Nigeria Chapter Announces Entries For 2021 Media Award

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OFAB Nigeria Chapter Announces Entries For 2021 Media Award

The Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) in Africa, Nigeria Chapter is inviting media practitioners covering agriculture, biotechnology, and other biological sciences to apply for the 2021 Edition of its annual Award that promotes credible reporting of the Sector.

The Fifth Edition of the Award recognizes exemplary journalism that stimulates best practices in the adoption of agricultural technologies, particularly agricultural biotechnology.

The African wide award known as the Pan-African Agricultural Innovations in Agriculture and Development (PAID) was initiated to promote credible agricultural biotechnology reportage.

The award also seeks to recognize outstanding journalists in all media genres involved in the coverage of agricultural biotechnology stories in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Dr Rose Gidado, OFAB Country Coordinator for Nigeria said that the award was instituted to ensure that journalists reporting on the subject matters were exposed to global best practices in the profession.

Dr. Gidado who noted that no country develops in the absence of science and technology said farmers in Nigeria are lagging behind their counterparts due to the non-utilization of modern agricultural technologies, hence “we celebrate journalists who take time to inform and educate farmers on the benefits of emerging and innovative technologies.”

The yearly award was won in the past by media practitioners from TVC, NTA, Channels, AIT and a host of other newspapers and online platforms.

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The objectives of the Award are to:
Appreciate the contribution of journalists in promoting sustainable agricultural technologies.

Improve the quality of agricultural journalism and motivate journalists and media houses to capture impact stories and report on innovative agricultural biotechnology as well as other agricultural technologies.

It also celebrates and promotes innovative best-practices in agricultural biotechnology and other agricultural technologies that address challenges of food insecurity, climate change, and sustainable development.

The award accepts only one entry per applicant, and it is open to ALL agricultural and science journalists in Nigeria, in the broadcast, print media and online. The entry should be a story published or aired between June 2020 and July 2021.

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The deadline for submission of entries is Monday, 31st August 2021.

Details of how to apply for the award, which is judged purely on scientific accuracy, initiative, originality clarity of interpretation and value in fostering a better public understanding of agricultural biotechnology and its impact in the society can be found at: https://www.ofabnigeria.com/2021/08/05/ofab-nigeria-media-award-2021-call-for-entry/

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