Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- Moroccan journalist Yasser El-Makhtoum’s report on Planting Algae in the Shishawa area in Morocco ranked second in the print media category, part of the first United Nations Media Award for the Near East and North Africa.
The winner from the print media category was Ms. Khetam Melkawi, with a report on “Urban gardening project’s pilot phase in Mafraq,” while Taha Hassib, ranked third with an article about Development of agriculture in “Abu Dhabi on the road to sustainability.”
The jury particularly recognized participations that showed involvement of stakeholders on the topics covered; as one of the primary goals from the competition was to encourage investigative reporting in food and agriculture coverage.
“The winners will receive their awards by FAO representatives in their respective counties, and that the conditions and timeline of the second round, coinciding with World Food Day 2018 will be announced soon,” said Mr. Nabil Gangi, FAO Deputy Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa, who presided the jury of the award.
FAO launched this award with the aim of increasing awareness on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as to encouraging creative communication throughout the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016 to 2025), adopted by The United Nations General Assembly: “a major step towards mobilizing action around reducing hunger and improving nutrition around the world” according to FAO.