Entry period opens for OFAB Tanzania media awards

June 22, 2018

The Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) is accepting entries for its agricultural biotechnology journalism awards through July 13.

The awards are intended to encourage excellence in science journalism, specifically in agricultural biotechnology in Tanzania. The competition is open to journalists in national and local media houses. The key theme for the entries should be biotechnology/biosafety in relation to the advancement of science, innovation and agriculture, food security and the affairs of farmers.

Coverage could include discoveries, transformation, impacts, challenges and development in agriculture or policy changes.

Agricultural biotechnology applications include tissue culture, genetic engineering (generating GM products), molecular diagnostics, molecular markers, gene editing and vaccines (for livestock).

Award categories include best print news article; best print feature article, best television program, best radio program, and best Swahili print news, feature or opinion article. The top three entries will be recognized as Noble Winners.

The awards are open to journalists, photographers, broadcasters and public relations practitioners whose works have been published, broadcast or implemented in the United Republic of Tanzania. All works must have relevance to the safe use of biotechnology for improving farming, food production, the environment, industry and/or agricultural businesses in Tanzania.

Entries may be submitted by individuals. Each entry shall consist of not less than five items or a series of work published, broadcast or carried out between July 1, 2017 and June 30th, 2018. The decision of the judging panel is final.

To enter, submit five copies of the original works to Director General, Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road, Kijitonyama (Sayansi), COSTECH Building, P. O. Box 4302, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania ATT: OFAB Country Coordinator.

For more information contact Philbert Nyinondi at nyinondi@gmail.com.