Award for work on water weed
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CTA. 1998. Award for work on water weed. Spore 73. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The spread of water hyacinth (Eichornia crassipes) has had a devastating effect on many African lakes and waterways, disrupting transportation, depriving fish of essential oxygen and devastating communities by the resultant fall-off in economic...
The spread of water hyacinth (Eichornia crassipes) has had a devastating effect on many African lakes and waterways, disrupting transportation, depriving fish of essential oxygen and devastating communities by the resultant fall-off in economic opportunities. A group of African journalists who have helped spread the word on the problem and its control have been recognized by an international award. The Association of Food and Agriculture Journalists (AFAJ) which was started in 1995, is an organization comprised of thirty-five members drawn from both the print and electronic media in Kenya. The Association was extremely concerned at the devastating effect water hyacinth was having on Lake Victoria and decided to mount a concerted campaign to raise international awareness of the problem. They were instrumental in organizing a workshop in November 1996 which brought together researchers, politicians, scientists, journalists and NGOs to discuss the problems of water hyacinth and its control. In recognition of this work, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has presented its Boerma Award to the Association. The award is presented biennially to a journalist or journalists whose coverage of development issues has helped to focus public attention on important aspects of food problems, and increase public support for measures leading to their support. Spore editors have been the recipients on two previous occasions. Alfred Omondi, Chairman Association of Food & Agriculture Journalists, AFAJ PO Box 28189, Nairobi, KENYA