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U.N. award for Indian photojournalist

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NEW DELHI NOV. 2. The world's apex body overseeing global research in agriculture has awarded its journalism award for the year 2003 to an Indian photojournalist, Pallava Bagla. This annual award is the highest given to any journalist in the world in the area of agriculture science reporting. It is the first time that an Indian has been selected for this prestigious global award.

The `CGIAR Science Awards 2003 -- Outstanding Journalism Category' award is given annually by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the United Nations sponsored collective spear-heading research and development in agriculture, headquartered at The World Bank, Washington DC, USA. Winner of the 2002 journalism award was noted British journalist, Fred Pearce.

The award was presented at the United Nations Office in Nairobi by the Vice-President of Kenya Moody Awori, along with the Vice-President of The World Bank and chair of CGIAR, Dr. Ian Johnson on October 29, 2003 at the annual general body meeting of the CGIAR held in Nairobi, Kenya. CGIAR has a membership of 63 countries with an annual budget of US dollars 405 million. It was this body that ushered the Green Revolution into the world.

The citation for the award which carries a cash prize of US dollars 5000 reads "The winner of the award for Outstanding Journalism is Indian journalist Pallava Bagla, for his article "Drought Exposes Cracks in India's Monsoon Model'' published in 2002 in the prestigious journal Science, and for a body of scientific articles published in mainstream media and reputed journals.''

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