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The Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) Kenya Chapter together with 6 other Chapters in Africa will be celebrating 10 years since its inception in September, 2017. Over the period, OFAB has been enhancing knowledge sharing and awareness creation on agricultural biotechnology in the country and the region. 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. Towards this zenith celebration, the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), the organization that manages OFAB program in the continent, and its partner organizations including International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA AfriCenter) wish to recognize journalists who have journeyed with us in sensitizing the public and reporting on agricultural biotechnology.

The activity which seeks to promote excellence in agricultural biotechnology reporting will celebrate and award 3 winning journalists among those who will participate in submission of entries. The theme for the chapter’s competition will be ‘The Role of Agricultural Biotechnology towards Attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Kenya’s Vision 2030’.

Eligibility

Kenyan journalists from print and electronic media who have been reporting on agricultural biotechnology.

Journalists are encouraged to submit entries by sharing:

  1. Links to published articles between June 2012 and June 2017. The URL should be from a media house and not a personal blog.
  2. Youtube and SoundCloud links to TV and Radio stories respectively, between June 2012 and June 2017.
  3. Links to 5 of their best self-appraised articles or stories – among those that have been shared between June 2012 and June 2017.

 

The entries should be submitted here by August 10, 2017. Scanned articles can be submitted via agribiotechentrieske@gmail.com

Prizes

Winner – A plaque, a certificate and KES 150,000

1st Runners Up – A certificate and KES 100,000

2nd Runners Up – A certificate and KES 50,000

The three winners will also be invited and sponsored to participate in the 10th OFAB Anniversary Congress scheduled for 2017 in Kampala, Uganda.

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.