JoyNews’ Justice Baidoo’s story on post-harvest losses in Ghana has been adjudged the best video story by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in the first edition of the Food Sustainability Media Awards held in Milan, Italy on Monday.
The award forms part of the 8th International Conference on Food and Nutrition organized by the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition currently on-going in Milan.
Justice would return to Ghana with a €10,000 prize money having emerged winner in the first edition of the competition plus a series of trainings by the Foundation in development journalism.
The 8th ICFN is a gathering of world-renowned scientists, researchers, students and institutions that are working on food security, nutrition, climate change and many more.
“This award scheme received over 500 entries from major media outlets like the BBC, New York Times, and National Geographic in 72 countries and so the people we are awarding today have worked extremely hard and told the food security story in the most comprehensive way possible”, said Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank and member of the jury said “Justice’ story brings one of the most important issues- post-harvest losses to the limelight and tells the story is very fascinating way which gets your attention from start to finish”.
Justice’s story focuses on how the deplorable nature of roads in some farming communities in Ghana contribute to post-harvest losses which is part of the reasons why nearly half of all food produced in the country does not make it to the final consumer.
Five other journalists were awarded for their works in photo and written journalism also focusing on food security.
Watch: The documentary that won Justice the award:
“This, for me, is more than an award. It presents a unique opportunity to shine a light on one of the most important issues that I think journalism in countries like Ghana should address- food security. I am grateful to the Reuters Foundation for the honour and also to our hardworking team here at JoyNews who give us all the support to do the sort of journalism that we do”, Justice told Myjoyonline.com.
Justice Baidoo is a multimedia storyteller with seven years of frontline journalism work.
He works mainly with the TV newsroom at JoyNews producing documentaries and special features mainly on development issues.
He has previously worked with the Daily Graphic and the UNDP Ghana office.
Justice holds a Master of Arts in International Journalism from the Cardiff University in the United Kingdom with specialization in documentary filmmaking.
He is an alumnus of the prestigious Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme run by the British Council.
He has travelled on journalism assignments across Ghana, Nigeria, Benin and Togo documenting human interest stories.
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