The Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) Kenya Chapter is glad to announce the 2019 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 inform 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 categories of; Television, Radio and Print & Online. The theme for the chapter’s competition will be ‘Agricultural Biotechnology’s role in Kenya’s Attainment of the Big Four Agenda’.
- Kenyan journalists who have been reporting on agricultural biotechnology
- Entry period is for one year from 30th July 2018 to 30th July 2019
- Categories for the award will be;
- Print and Online (Newspapers, Magazine and Online etc.)
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 3 of their best self-appraised articles or stories
NB: 2018 OFAB Media Award winners WILL BE INELIGIBLE to apply for 2019 OFAB Media Awards.
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/October 2019 in Tanzania.
The award ceremony’s venue and date will be communicated to all participants by email.