Oluyinka Alawode, BusinessDay correspondent, this month bagged an international award after her essay on Political Economy of Agricultural Policies in Africa (PEAPA) was adjudged the best by Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC).
FAC is a global network of agricultural experts and researchers with headquarters in the United Kingdom.
The contest was open to all African journalists with interest in agriculture. Over 40 entries came in from different parts of Africa.
Following the award, Alawode was sponsored by FAC to attend a three-day PEAPA conference in Roodevallei, Pretoria, South Africa, where she was presented a certificate by Colin Poulton, the convenor, policy processes theme of FAC.
According to Nick Perkins, director, Scidev.Net, and one of the judges, “Oluyinka has a crisp, clear style that made for an engaging read. Like the best journalistic writing, the piece also managed to make complex socio-economic interactions very accessible”.
Another judge, Lidia Cabral of FAC said Oluyinka’s “good selection of topic (Agricultural investments in an oil-based economy), appropriate style and good use of voices” made her essay thick.
The conference where Alawode was presented the award certificate was attended by about 400 delegates from different continents, notably, researchers, consultants, representatives of African governments, civil society organisations, international agencies, notably UK Department for International Development (DFID), United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), German International Corporation and as well as university dons on agriculture and food policy research.