The Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) Kenya Chapter is glad to announce the 2018 call for participation in the annual OFAB Media Awards. With seven chapters, OFAB takes pride in enhancing knowledge sharing and awareness creation on agricultural biotechnology both within and beyond Africa. The resultant understanding and appreciation of the technology has enabled improvement of policies and evidence-based decision making by various stakeholders. Journalists have been instrumental in information dissemination over the years, and through their stories, steady increase in awareness about all attributes of the technology has been recorded. In this light, the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), the organization that manages OFAB program, and its partner organizations including International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA AfriCenter) wish to recognize journalists who have consistently gone out of their way to sensitize the public on agricultural biotechnology.
The activity which seeks to promote excellence in agricultural biotechnology reporting will celebrate and award three winning journalists in the following categories; Television, Radio and Print media. The theme for the chapter’s competition will be “Agricultural Biotechnology’s role in Kenya’s Attainment of the Big Four Action Plan and Vision 2030.”
Kenyan journalists who have been reporting on agricultural biotechnology.
- Duration of reported stories – June 2017 to June 2018.
- Media – Television, Radio and Print.
Journalists are encouraged to submit entries by sharing:
- Links to published articles. The URL should be from a media house and not a personal blog.
- YouTube and SoundCloud links to TV and Radio stories respectively.
- Links to 5 of their best self-appraised articles or stories.
The entries should be submitted here by July 1, 2018. Scanned articles can be submitted via firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 OFAB Africa Media Award winners WILL BE INELIGIBLE to apply for 2018 OFAB Media Awards. However, they will be able to apply for competitive 2018 OFAB Journalism Grant.
In the categories of Television, Radio and Print media;
Winner – A plaque, a certificate of recognition and cash prize of KES 100,000
1st Runners Up – A certificate of recognition and cash prize of KES 75,000
2nd Runners Up – A certificate of recognition and cash prize of KES 50,000
The winners of each category will also be invited and sponsored to participate in OFAB Africa Media Wards (OMAs) scheduled for September 2018 in Burkina Faso. The overall winner will be nominated to a continental agri-biotech award competition to be planned later in the year.
The award ceremony’s venue and date will be communicated to all participants by email.