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EJC awards six new journalistic projects to report on food security in developing countries

Press release
The European Journalism Centre
Maastricht, 13 November 2017

The European Journalism Centre announces six new winners of its Innovation in Development Reporting grant programme. The finalists of the tenth round of calls were selected from 155 pitches. The six winning projects are awarded a combined sum of more than €105,000 and have received endorsement from major European media organisations such as Die Zeit and Stern from Germany, Channel 4 and Marie Claire from the UK, Euronews from France, de Volkskrant and Global Voices from the Netherlands, Forskning & Framsteg and Rethink from Sweden, and many more.

All the submitted projects deal with issues related to the Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2) of the UN: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.”

The selected journalistic projects will report on topics affecting food security such as fish piracy in West Africa, innovative farming methods in South Asia coping with climate change effects, the revival of trade and resilience of war and terror stricken regions in central Africa, the link between malnutrition and teenage pregnancy in Southeast Asia, how local resources and recycled organic waste can be used as fertilizers to boost agriculture in several food insecure regions of the world.

“The awarded projects were selected by an international jury of journalists, academics and media experts based on the criteria of editorial focus and quality, impact and reach, and innovation,” said Adam Thomas, director of the European Journalism Centre. “All grantees were awarded on their ability to convey complex development stories in engaging ways. The winning projects will make use of web documentaries, animations, 360-degree video, drones, data journalism and more.”

The winning projects:

Project name: Floating Futures
Team: Jacopo Pasotti (project lead), Paul Myles, Roy Pinaky
Description: Squeezed between increasing floods and groundwater salinization, agricultural land in Bangladesh is rapidly shrinking. Through strong visuals and immersive experiences this project presents stories of resilience, where farmers adapt to changes and secure food, using floating vegetable gardens.
Project location: Bangladesh
Media outlets: Deutsche Welle (DE), Krautreporter (DE), Forskning & Framsteg (SE), Channel 4 News (UK)
Budget: €19,950.00

Project name: The Missing Fish
Team: Lucia Benavides (project lead), Sam Edwards, Zach Campbell, Marc Herman
Description: This project investigates the deals made by industrialized fishing fleets and the pirates in West Africa to illegally export fish from Senegal to Morocco provoking food crisis in former fishing villages.
Project locations: West Africa
Media outlets: Euronews (FR), TheLocal (SE), The Intercept (USA), Public Radio International
Budget: €24,000.00

Project name: Sustainable Phosphorus in Malawi
Team: Kerstin Hoppenhaus (project lead), Sibylle Grunze
Description: Phosphorus is essential for food production, but the global supplies are dwindling and the prices are rising. This project investigates the innovative solutions developed in Malawi to tap into its own local phosphorus resources.
Project location: Malawi
Media outlets: Die Zeit (DE), Zeit Online (DE), BBC Future (UK)
Budget: €22,255.00

Project name: The Axis of Survival - Reviving the Lake Chad basin, one trade route at a time
Team: Benedicte Kurzen (Project lead), Stefano Carini, Joan Tilouine
Description: Following food production and trade routes at Lake Chad, this project shows the efforts made by local people to resume trading in fish, cattle and grain, as a way of measuring potential for self-sustaining development. It tells the story of Sahelian resilience through the prism of the most essential element of survival: food.
Project locations: Niger, Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad
Media outlets: Stern (DE), de Volkskrant (NL), Le Monde (FR), L’oeil du Sahel (Cameroon), Le Temps (Switzerland), (Mali)
Budget: €19,978.00

Project name: Hungry Generations
Team: Corinne Redfern (project lead), Francesco Brembati
Description: This multimedia project investigates, in a participatory way, the link between escalating rates of teenage pregnancy in South East Asia and the continent’s increased levels of malnutrition.
Project locations: Philippines, Lao PDR, Cambodia
Media outlets: Marie Claire (UK), New Internationalist (UK), Global Voices (NL)
Budget: €20,920.00

Project name: Waste Not: Salvaging Food Security from the Rubbish Bin
Team: Chelsea Wald (project lead)
Description: “Waste Not” explores projects developed to recycle nutrients from market, kitchen, and human waste for use in agriculture in regions where soils are degrading, and fertilizer and animal feed are hard to get.
Project locations: Indonesia, Haiti, South Africa
Media outlets: Deutsche Welle (DE), The Naked Scientists (UK), Tagesspiegel (DE), Rethink (SE)
Budget: €17,990.00


Note to editors:

The European Journalism Centre is an international non-profit that connects journalists with new ideas. Through grants, events, training and media development the European Journalism Centre has been building a sustainable, ethical and innovative future for journalism since 1992.

The European Journalism Centre is running the Journalism Grants Programme with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since 2013 the programme has granted funding to more than 140 projects and will award a total of €1.6m throughout the life of the project.


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