July 15, 2016

15/07/2016: Laura Rance of Canada wins first IFAJ-­FAO Prize

Chief of Media for FAO, Erwin Northoff, presents the award to Laura Rance at the 2016 IFAJ Congress in Bonn, Germany
Laura Rance of Canada is the winner of the first IFAJ-FAO Award for Excellence in Global Food Security Reporting
The announcement was made at the 2016 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) congress in Bonn, Germany.
Ms Rance’s article, “Africa’s hunger games” was published in the Winnipeg (Canada) Free Press on April 11, 2015. The article addresses the technical, economic and social issues related to this year’s contest theme, soil degradation, in a concise and appealing manner.
The IFAJ-FAO Award for Excellence in Global Food Security Reporting is sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). The winner receives an all expenses paid trip to an IFAJ congress, as well as an FAO project related to the UN's International Years.
Judges were Erwin Northoff, FAO chief of media relations; Jane Rickson, Professor of Soil Erosion and Conservation, Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute, Great Britain; and Owen Roberts, Vice-President of IFAJ.
“Laura Rance’s article is a perfect example of presenting the complex scientific and social problems of soil management in poor countries to a broader audience,” says Northoff.
Professor Rickson called the article “written as an eye witness account at first, which makes the article easy to read and compelling.”
Mr Roberts said the level of competition for this award was very high, noting 25 entries were received for the inaugural year of this award (each IFAJ member country was allowed to submit two entries).
“IFAJ members have embraced this award,” he says.
“Even in its inaugural year, it has become a coveted part of the federation’s suite of awards for writing and broadcasting excellence.”
View Ms Rance’s winning entry in the Winnipeg Free Press HERE.
For further information about the IFAJ-FAO Award for Excellence in Global Food Security Reporting, visit the website HERE

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