For a Second Time in 2022 – Our Food Security Journalism Award winner is…

August 15, 2022

Brett Worthington, federal political correspondent with ABC News Digital is the Crawford Fund Food Security Journalism Award winner. His winning article is The perfect storm: Ukraine, Fertiliser and Fuel, Climate Change. Brett also won the award back in 2017, so is our first second time winner. 

The judges would also like to give a special mention to Rod Chambers, executive producer at the National Community Radio’s current affairs program, The Wire. The judges felt Teach a man to fish in PNG highlands brought to life food security challenges at a community level and opportunities for high impact interventions – in this case through support of the Fund, ACIAR and ANSTO.

The Crawford Fund’s Food Security Journalism Award is part of our efforts to encourage Australian journalists to delve into the important issues around global food and nutrition security.

The prize for this Award is a ‘seeing is believing’ working visit to a developing country. Now in its seventh year, we have supported radio, print and TV journalists with visits to Morocco, India, Timor Leste, Colombia and Nepal. These award visits, and other visits the Fund organises, result in significant media coverage of issues related to agricultural development and food and nutrition security to a wide Australian audience.

This year’s judging panel included communications expert Edwyn Shiell, Director, Communications & Outreach at the Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering; ag science expert Dr Daniel Walker, Chief Scientist from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), and our Director of Outreach, Cathy Reade.

“We have had fantastic entries for this year’s second journalism award comp, with the war in Ukraine, biosecurity issues on our doorstep, climate change and the COVID pandemic bringing food security issues to the fore. The awards encourage a global view on food security issues, and we have been spoiled for choice with the entries received,” said Cathy.

Cathy, who will plan the overseas destinations in conjunction with Brett, and accompany him to meet local, Australian and international researchers, looks forward to planning ‘seeing is believing’ opportunities which showcase positive global food and nutrition security stories.

The Crawford Fund thanks all the other entrants for this award, listed below in alphabetical order:

We look forward to reporting on the award visits, expected in 2023.