Winner of AWARD-FARA Media Competition to be Announced at AASW

Carolyn Tyhra Kumasi sampling polluted feeder streams, Kumasi, Ghana. Credit Karen Homer

Dr. Carolyn Tyhra Kumasi sampling polluted feeder streams, Kumasi, Ghana. Photo: K. Homer

The winner of a prestigious, Africa-wide media competition on the role of women in agriculture will be announced at the Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) conference in Accra, Ghana.

African journalists from nine countries (Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe) competed in the contest organized by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).

“We received an impressive selection of articles and audio interviews from 29 hard-working journalists, who were obviously keen to win this contest,” said Karen Homer, AWARD Communications Manager.  “Their writing demonstrated fresh perspectives and insights about women in agricultural science.”

Sixteen men and 13 women reporters entered the AWARD-FARA Media Competition, writing on the theme, “The Role of Women in Agricultural Science.”

The top writer was awarded an all-expense paid trip to Accra, Ghana to participate in AASW from July 15-20. The winner will be publicly announced during an award ceremony at the AASW on July 20.

Contest judges included Violet Otindo, an award-winning Kenyan television producer and reporter; Ann Dela Apekey, FARA’s Gender Equality Specialist, and Karen Homer, a communications practitioner with 20 years of work experience in Africa.

The competition was organized on behalf of AWARD and FARA by WRENmedia, publishers of the New Agriculturist, a unique and highly trusted resource which keeps online readers—scientists, development professionals, policymakers, lecturers, students and the media—abreast of trends, results and innovation in agricultural development, particularly in Africa but also in Asia and Latin America.

Blogpost by Judith Olang, a social reporter for AASW6.

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