FAO awards recognize contributions to fight against hunger
Recipients include three journalists, a partner organization and two FAO field workers
19 November 2005, Rome - FAO today honoured a group of three journalists, one partner organization and two of its own field personnel with awards in recognition of their contributions to the effort to stamp out world hunger.
The awards were presented by FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf today at UN agency's Rome headquarters at the opening session of the biennial FAO Governing Conference.
Writers with La Repubblica, Wall Street Journal recognized
The A.H. Boerma Award for journalism was presented jointly to Giampaolo Cadalanu, a reporter for the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, for his work in documenting the problems of hunger and poverty, and to two reporters with the Wall Street Journal (U.S.A.), Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman, for their contribution towards raising public awareness regarding food and development-related issues.
For the past 10 years Cadalanu has reported regularly on development issues in Africa, Afghanistan, Iraq, Croatia and other countries, drawing attention to issues that do not usually find space in major newspapers, including the right to food, FAO said. Thurow and Kilman are two of the most widely-read correspondents covering agricultural trade and food issues today, the Organization added, noting that their reporting has helped raise the level of media coverage of issues of concern to FAO.
The A.H. Boerma award was established in 1975 to honour journalists with a track record of focusing public attention on world food problems, particularly on issues related to rural development and agriculture in developing countries.
FAO officers honoured for contributions at the grassroots
Additionally, two FAO field officers, Patrick Evans (forestry) and Heiko Bammann (agriculture) were each presented with a B.R. Sen Award, conferred to FAO field officers who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the country to which they are assigned.
Mr. Evans received the award in recognition of his role in implementing an 8-year FAO project to improve the management of forestry and fishery resources on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap lake. The project trained lake communities so in how to responsibly manage the local fishery and forest resources upon which they depend. Community-based organizations were established in 116 villages around the lake, which are today actively managing 108 000 hectares of land.
Based at FAO's Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands, Mr Bammann developed a series of projects aimed at promoting farming and providing income to unemployed small farmers, with special attention to rural youth. The projects also promoted the use of sustainable agriculture techniques, sound farm management, and good planning and marketing decisions.
Medal for promotion of responsible fishing
The Margarita Lizárraga Medal, awarded to organizations or individuals who have served with distinction in the application of FAO’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, was also presented today to the multilateral Agreement on the International Dolphin Conservation Program (AIDCP), whose membership includes Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, the United States, Vanuatu and Venezuela.
AIDCP's objective is to reduce dolphin deaths in the tuna purse-seine fishery in the eastern Pacific Ocean in order to ensure the sustainability of tuna stocks and related species. FAO said that in carrying out this work, the AIDCP has been an unqualified success and has diligently applied the principles outlined in the UN agency's voluntary code of conduct on responsible fishing.
Cuban partner organization gets kudos
Honours also went to Cuba's Instituto de Investigaciones en Fruticultura Tropical (IIFT), which was presented with the Edouard Saouma Award for its implementation of an FAO technical cooperation project (TCP/CUB/0065 - Recuperación de los Frutales Tropicales) aimed at boosting fruit production on the island.
According to FAO, IIFT’s motivation and efficiency were key to the project's success, despite losses caused by Hurricane Michelle. The Institution demonstrated a high level of commitment, complementing external training activities with its own resources, the agency said.
The Saouma Award was established in 1993 to recognize external FAO partner institutions that have excelled in the implementation of Technical Cooperation projects funded by the UN agency.
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