[ASC-media] New Food Security Journalism Award

Cathy Reade creade at squirrel.com.au
Thu Feb 7 23:44:56 CET 2013




8 February 2013 

Contact:              Cathy Reade cathy.reade at crawfordfund.org 0413 575 934


The Crawford Fund has joined with the Australian Council of Agricultural
Journalists to launch a competition that aims to encourage working
Australian journalists to investigate the important roles that agricultural
research, training and rural development play in global food security.

Chairman of The Crawford Fund, The Hon John Kerin AM, made the announcement
in Sydney during an address to the Australian Agricultural and Resource
Economics Society (AARES) annual conference, at which he was honoured with
an Honorary Life Membership of the Society.

"The Crawford Fund has worked for over two decades to raise awareness of
issues related to food security, and in particular the role that
international agricultural research has to play in responding to poverty and
hunger. We are delighted to team up with the Australian Council of
Agricultural Journalists to deliver this award and recognise excellence in
reporting on food security," he said.

"Climate change, high and volatile food and energy prices, population and
income growth, changing diets, and increased urbanisation will continue to
put intense pressure on land and water and challenge global food security.

"Australia's farmers and our development, research and education sectors
punch well above their weight in terms of assisting with global food
security solutions, but much more work and more reporting to highlight the
positive contribution that Australian science can make is needed," he said.

The winning journalist will be provided with a Crawford Fund 'seeing is
believing' visit to a developing country to view and report on Australian
and international research and training underway with a focus on food

Entries are open for print, broadcast and internet-based reports by working
journalists around food security within the 12 months prior to the closing
date of Friday, 31 May. The winner will be announced by the end of July.
Further details, including the application and judging process, are
available at http://www.crawfordfund.org/iar/stories/journalism-award.html




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