IFAJ 2017 World Congress South Africa

Taking place between the 2nd and 8th of April 2017 in Gauteng- and the Western Cape. 
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IFAJ 2018 - The Netherlands

Theme: Dutch Roots

Main congress: 12- 15 July 2018

The main congress will start in the region Food Valley and further visits are planned to a diversity of hotspot in the Netherlands.



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Master Class

2012 Master Class

For the third year in a row we organize the Master Class for farm journalists from developing countries preceding the IFAJ 2012 congress (13-14 August).
The Master Class will be held at the Royal Swedish Academy for Forestry and Agriculture in Stockholm (see photo above), courtesy of organizing committee member Magnus Stark.

This year's participants are
Mr Inoussa Maiga, Jade productions, Burkina Faso,
Mr Jean de Dieu (John) Ininahazwe, CAPAD (Small Scale Farmers, Burundi,
Mr Roger Vutsoro, FOPAC (farmers organisation), Congo,
Mr Sang Mendy, Youth Central, Gambia,
Mr Cry spin Kayitare, INGABO farmers' union, Rwanda,
Mr Enos Masanja Matonange, Sahara Media Group (tv, radio and newspaper) Tanzania,
Mr Susuma Msikula Susuma, Mviwata (organisation of small farmers), Tanzania,
Mr Calvin Kakoma Kaleyi, Zambian Farmer Magazine (farmers union), Zambia,
Mrs Analice Lourenci, Cresol (family farmers coops), Brazil and
Mrs Nelly Romero Jara, CESA (agricultural services), Ecuador.

Master Class coordinator is José van Gelder. For any questions regarding this event, you can contact her on vangelder@agriterra.org.
All attendants will arrive on Sunday in Stockholm in order to have a ‘getting familiar evening’ at the Academy before the classes start.

Program for Master Class (the first day a joint program with Boot camp)
Monday 13 th
08.30 Opening of mutual class and introducing Cees as moderator
+ explaining IFAJ, including freedom of the press+ explaining Agriterra
+ introduce sponsors
9.00 Trends in Agricultural Journalism in home country of participants (everyone makes 2 sheets and presents in max. 3 minutes!) followed by discussion. One person from MC and one from BC to write a short note for the blog together.
10.30 Tea break
10.50 Ethics (in journalism)
Start with everyone telling about ethics in their country. Followed by discussion. One person from MC and one from BC to write a short note for the blog together.
12.10 Lunch
13.00 Ethics (in food production)
Including consumer and society concerns; what is happening in your country? What does this mean for you as a journalist? One person from MC and one from BC to write a short note for the blog together.
14.30 Afternoon break
14.50 New Media workshop – opportunities, possibilities and pitfalls
What is social media and how do we use it as journalists? One person from MC and one from BC to write a short note for the blog together.
16.30 End of the first day, wrap up18.00 Monday evening dinner on a boat in the archipelago of Stockholm

Tuesday 14 th
9.00 Review on the Monday
9.15 News Conference – learn about how to get most out of a news conference.
News cases by BAT and Pioneer
10.30 Tea break
10.50 In-depth workshop on News Media building a blog together – 14 laptops available for this part
12.00 Lunch, meet Boot Campers and visit to (2 choices)
a) LRF Media
b) Local Broadcast Swedish television
14.30 Continuation In-depth workshop on New Media
16.00 Wrapping up these two days:
how was it? Did it come up to our ideas? What should be improve for next time, etc
16.30 Final closure of the Master class.

Workshops are given by IFAJ member journalists, which makes it a real peer-to-peer event.

The Master Class contributes to Millennium Development Goal 1, which is reducing hunger and poverty. Journalism is a powerful means to inform both farmers and the general public.
The Master Class provides a dynamic professional development experience focused on skills, agricultural issues, media trends and agribusiness. It also gives IFAJ members access to contacts in countries that are often not federation members, but who are intricately involved in feeding an increasingly hungry world.

Applications for the 2012 Master Class came from all over the world: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Gambia, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Philippines, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Armenia and DR Congo. The farmers’ organizations network of Agriterra guarantees the participation of genuine rural journalists and communicators.