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OFAB tasks journalists on better reportage on GMO

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation, AATF, has urged Journalists to expand their scope of knowledge on agricultural science to enhance their reportage on the genetically modified organism, GMO crops to the global community, farmers, and policymakers.

The Executive Director of the Foundation, Dr. Canisius Kanangire made the call at the 8th Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology, OFAB Africa Media Award in Abuja.

Dr. Kanangire said effective communication was needed for the universal acceptance of GMOs and journalists play important roles in enhancing public understanding and acceptance of agriculture biotechnologies needed for food security, sustainable development, and poverty eradication.

OFAB Project Manager, Mr. Vitumbiko Chinoko who spoke on the achievements of the media award, pointed out that Organization which is in ten African countries have trained 16,000 journalists, 744 editors and reached 34 percent of women journalists.

Also, The Director General, National Biotechnology Development Agency, NABDA, Professor Abdullahi Mustapha commended OFAB for championing the education of policy makers. teachers, farmers and students on the benefits of biotechnology.

Speaking on the theme of the occasion, ‘Media as a game changer for Africa’s agricultural transformation’, the Vice Chancellor of Federal University, Kashere, Gombe state, Professor Umaru Pate, stressed the need for researchers to collaborate with the media to maximize the impact of their results on the grassroots.

“Farmers across Africa need to have access to the information easily and on time to make use of these research results. Some researchers make their findings and publish in journals that are not affordable to the those that need it”, Prof. Pate said.

The overall winner of the award, Mr. Emmanuel Ntirenganya of the New Time Rwanda said his motivation for the award-winning report was the need to raise awareness of the rate of hunger in Africa.

Reporting Chinasa Ossai, Editing by Marian Benjamin and Annabel Nwachukwu