Farmbizafrica was named East Africa's best media in covering youth and ICT in agriculture beating over 700 contestants in a competition organized by New Partnership for Africa’s Development Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
Bob Koigi, who wrote a story on Zack Matere, a farmer in Rift Valley who used the Google search engine to save his ant infested potatoes, emerged best in East Africa in the youth and ICT category. NEPAD which had organized the event is a Pan African technical arm of the African Union tasked with managing projects like Agriculture and Food Security, Economic and corporate governance, climate change and natural resource management among others. CTA, the co sponsor of the event is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). It seeks to advance food and nutritional security by providing access to information and knowledge among rural and disadvantaged farmers.
The prestigious awards dubbed “CTA- NEPAD photo and essay competition, sought to recognize Africa's best journalists pushing for recognition of women and youth who are actively engaged in agriculture.
The award were clustered into East Africa, West Africa,Southern Africa and Central Africa. Farmbizafrica emerged the only winner in East Africa. “It was a humbling experience, first because I know East Africa has some of the best agricultural and science reporters and to have been the one to emerge victorious is no mean feat. Again NEPAD and CTA and big organizations pushing bigger issues for our people, and it was a honour for them to recognize my efforts,”said Bob Koigi upon receiving the award.
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