The Italian Confederation of Farmers (CIA) has selected Olive Oil Times as the recipient of its Green Flag Award for international journalism.
Now in its eighteenth edition, the Green Flag Agriculture Awards aim to recognize private and public entities that stand out for their contributions to promoting the economic and cultural importance of agriculture.
The CIA (Agricoltori Italiani) is one of the largest organizations in Europe committed to the improvement and enhancement of the agricultural sector
We recognize the fundamental role of those who work to provide correct information.
Over the years, educational institutions, natural parks, publications, film productions and cultural organizations have been awarded, alongside farmers and entrepreneurs.
“The enhancement of farms through cultural initiatives remains fundamental, especially in periods when challenges arising from economic crisis risk overwhelming the entire country system,” the CIA said in a press release.
“Over the recent difficult months our farmers did not stop and continuously ensured healthy and quality food for everyone,” the confederation added. “Among the operators in the ecological, social, technology and communication sectors, we recognize the fundamental role of those who work to provide correct information.”
The following are the Green Flag winners for each category:
The award ceremony was scheduled for November 12 in the Protomoteca Hall in Rome. However, in accordance with the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the event was postponed.
“The examining board has unanimously awarded the Green Flag Agriculture 2020, in the context of strategic ‘extra-farm’ initiatives in the ‘Agripress-international’ section, to the independent publication Olive Oil Times,” Dino Scanavino, the national president of the CIA, said.
“Now, more than ever, we are seeing farmers and operators in the sector making great sacrifices, but also showing great tenacity and initiative,” he added.
Upon learning of the award, Olive Oil Times editor-in-chief Curtis Cord credited the journalists who cover news in Italy for the publication. They include Ylenia Granitto, who has written more than 220 articles since 2015, and Paolo DeAndreis, who has authored more than 100 posts covering developments in the sector.
“I am pleased the Italian Confederation of Farmers has recognized the diligence of our journalists in keeping readers around the world informed through their reporting on agricultural developments in Italy and beyond,” Cord said.