Joseph Gakpo of Ghana Wins International Prize for Fall Armyworm Video
WAGENINGEN, The Netherlands (July 11, 2018)—Joseph Gakpo of Ghana’s Joy News won the 2018 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Star Prize for Video, the organization’s honor for the best broadcast video in its worldwide competition. Gakpo was presented with his award at IFAJ’s World Congress in Wageningen, The Netherlands, on July 11, where he was a member of the IFAJ/Corteva Master Class.
Contest judges applauded Gakpo for his production values and strong story-telling, noting that his program was an important story that was engaging and effectively told. The judging panel included renowned broadcasters Ian Petrie of Canada, Ken Rundle of the United Kingdom and Neil Inall of Australia.
“Joseph’s journalistic excellence and his commitment to delivering thoroughly researched content to his audience represent the world-class caliber of journalism that we celebrate through the IFAJ Star Prize program,” said Steve Werblow, IFAJ secretary-general. “It was especially exciting that Joseph was in the room to receive his award in person and hear the enthusiastic applause of hundreds of colleagues from around the world recognizing his great achievement.”
Judges also recognized Inoussa Maiga of Agribusiness TV in Burkina Faso with a special Highly Commended award for the Video prize. They noted that Maiga’s “M’YAABA: Solar Incubators Made in Burkina” was another world-class video that delivered great content to his viewers and illustrated the extraordinary quality of broadcast entries from Africa.