FAO gives honours for good work

Every two years, FAO gives awards to recognize exceptional achievements by individuals and projects in the field of development. The most recent recipients received their prizes this year during the Conference, the Organization's governing body, which met at FAO headquarters from 7 to 18 November.

The B.R. Sen Award for field work was presented to two outstanding experts: forester Hon Tat Tang, a Malaysian national, received the 1996 award for his work with the South Pacific Forestry Development Programme, based in Vanuatu; Les Clark of New Zealand was the 1997 award winner for his contribution to the Namibian fisheries sector. The Association of Food and Agriculture Journalists (AFAJ) in Kenya and the Inter Press Service, a development news agency based in Rome, were chosen as joint winners of the A.H. Boerma Award for journalism. The Edouard Saouma Award for institutional excellence was presented jointly to Bangladesh's Department of Fisheries and to the Iranian Agriculture Ministry's Infrastructure and Technical Directorate.

Some of the award-winning individuals, associations and field projects are profiled here.

Field expert Les Clark

Les Clark

1997 B.R. Sen Award

New Zealander Les Clark was instrumental in successfully transforming the Namibian fisheries sector from a largely foreign activity to one of the country's key sectors fully integrated in the Namibian society and economy. Mr Clark talks about the ongoing project in Namibia.

Association of Food and Agriculture Journalists

A.H. Boerma Award, co-winner

The Association of Food and Agriculture Journalists (AFAJ) in Kenya is a professional journalists' association devoted to the coverage of food, agricultural and environmental issues. It launched a campaign in 1996 to publicize the dangers of water hyacinth in Lake Victoria. AFAJ Chairman Alfred Omondi speaks about the association's work.

Alfred Omondi

Roberto Savio, IPS Director-General

Inter Press Service

A.H. Boerma Award, co-winner

Inter Press Service was founded in 1964 as a non-profit non-governmental association of journalists, mostly from the South, and a news agency based in Rome specializing in issues of interest to the South. Roberto Savio, one of the agency's founders and its current Director-General, talks about the changing nature of IPS coverage over the past three decades. Interview

Bangladesh Department of Fisheries

Edouard Saouma Award, co-winner

Bangladesh's Fisheries Department received the Edouard Saouma Award for its implementation of a project that improved rural pond-fish culture extension services throughout the country. Bangladesh's "Blue Revolution" led to a 50 percent increase in aquaculture production thanks to a new semi-intensive technology that uses locally available feed ingredients and other inputs. Profile

Bangladeshi farmer fertilizes his fish pond

10 December 1997

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