The Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) Burkina Faso chapter successfully held its fourth edition of the OFAB Media Awards in September in Ouagadougou.
Burkina24 journalist, Maxime Kaboré emerged the best journalist in the print and online category while broadcast journalist Marceline Kinda of the Municipal Radio won in the radio category while the Television categories did not receive any entries.
Dr Edgar Traore, OFAB Burkina Faso country coordinator, speaking during the event urged journalists consider science an everyday topic worth covering and not just to write for the sake of winning awards.
“I would like to encourage journalists to build an interest in scientific research and in the work of scientists in order to better understand and provide factual information to the public,” Dr. Traore, said.
‘The annual Award, an initiative of AATF, rewards and celebrates African journalists who distinguish themselves in agricultural biotechnology reporting. The OFAB Media Awards was first held in 2017 with the key objective of promoting excellence in science journalism and appreciation of the contributions of journalists in advancing sustainable agricultural technologies particularly agricultural biotechnology.
The Award also rewards critical roles played by journalists in promoting constructive dialogue on modern biotechnology through responsible, professional, ethical and effective reporting.
The Award is open to journalists in the seven countries where OFAB is operational including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana and Burkina Faso. Consideration is based on three categories including Print & Online Category; Radio Category; and Television Category.
Entry submissions are handled by various OFAB partners such as the Institute for Environmental and Agricultural Research (INERA), Burkina Faso; the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research (EIAR); the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana; the International Service for Acquisition of Agribiotech Application (ISAAA), Kenya; the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Nigeria; Tanzania’s Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH); and the Uganda National Council of Science and Technology (UNCST).