Clarisa Collis Wins Our 2018 Food Security Journalism Award

August 13, 2018

Our Food Security Journalism Award is part of The Crawford Fund’s commitment to encourage working Australian journalists to investigate the important roles that agricultural research, training and rural development play in global food security. The prize is a ‘seeing is believing‘ visit to a developing country. Now in its sixth year, we have supported radio, print and TV journalists with visits to India, Timor Leste, Colombia and Nepal.

This year, Clarisa Collis, Assistant Editor of GroundCover, Coretext took home the top prize for her story “The poisoned plate of climate change”. Clarisa’s award was announced by The Hon John Anderson, Chair of the Crawford Fund at the annual conference dinner on 13 August. The “Reshaping Agriculture for Better Nutrition: The Agriculture, Food, Nutrition, Health Nexus” conference was held at Parliament House in Canberra (13-14 August).

“I think the standard is even higher this year than in the past, which made it more difficult than my previous years on the judging panel to choose a winner,” said Jenni Metcalfe, who has been the nominee of the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists since the award commenced in 2013.

This year’s judging panel included the Crawford Fund’s Cathy Reade, Jenni Metcalfe from Econnect Communication, as the nominee of the Australian Council for Agricultural Journalists, and Dr Daniel Walker, Chief Scientist from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) as the agricultural science member.

“This has been a great year for our journalism award – both with the number of entries and their quality. Many thanks to all those who entered. It is great to see a growing interest in food security issues,” remarked Cathy.

The Crawford Fund thanks all the entrants to this year’s award. A full list of the other entries is available below in no particular order:

  1. “Insectageddon!?” by Natasha Mitchell, ABC Radio National
  2. “Hybrid mega-pest threatens global food crops” by Dominique Schwartz, ABC News
  3. “Frozen Future: Storing seeds for the future” by Kerry Straight, ABC TV Landline
  4. “Operation Sting” by Stephanie Bedo, Senior Reporter at
  5. “Australian Canola” By Gregor Heard Fairfax Media
  6. “Queensland breakthrough brings golden glow to new provitamin A-rich variety”” by Mike Foley, North Queensland Register
  7. “What are the political drivers for GMOs in developing countries?” by Lisa Cornish, Devex
  8. “Food from a lab or a plant: Is the future of meat fake and slaughter-free?” by Marty McCarthy, National Rural Regional Reporter, ABC
  9. “Fruit fly restrictions hurting Tasmania’s Chinese cherry exports” by Johanna Baker-Dowdell, Agriculture reporter  – The Examiner/The Advocate/Tasmanian Farmer
  10. “Hemp mass production gaining momentum, but hurdles remain as farmers face cropping pitfalls” by Stephanie Corsetti, ABC News
  11. “New business model invites customers to share risks and rewards of farming” by Jess Davis, ABC Rural
  12. “Counter season vegetables help improve women’s lives in north-western Vietnam” by Cassandra Hough ABC News Rural
  13. “Foxes take $28 million bite out of Australian agricultural sector, so farmers fight back” by Anthony Pancia, ABC South West WA