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.



For more information: Esther Rozeboom – esther(at)catch-on.nl

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2016 Award Winners

Dorien Colman, Belgium, is an agricultural journalist at Landbouwleven, the main publication for farmers in the Dutch speaking part of the country. She’s always had difficulty choosing between science and languages, engineering and reporting, exploring the outdoors and writing. After a master’s study in bioengineering, and another one in journalism she finally arrived in agricultural journalism, where she’s finally able to combine the two seamlessly. She’s made it her mission to arm farmers with hands on information about new models and innovations to cope with today’s challenges: markets, environment, climate and health, with a focus on dairy and meat production.



RICHMOND FRIMPONG, GHANA - Is an agriculture and rural development journalist with F.Giant Broadcasting ltd FOX 97.9FM in kumasi and the number one (1) radio station in the Ashanti region and beyond. practiced journalism for close to 10 years with fox fm. currently the president of Ghana Agricultural and Rural Development Journalists Association (GARDJA) the country's prime Agricultural journalists Association. I also write for the association news portal http://www.gardja.org/. He is  also a final year student with the university of Education Winneba-Kumasi, campus pursuing bachelor of business administration (BBA Executive office Administration)

Dani Grindlay, Australia, is a rural reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She started her journalism career at a regional newspaper in the ‘wool capital of the world’, Hamilton western Victoria, and now – four years on – works in radio broadcasting in the heart of the same state’s wheat belt. Dani lives with her fiancé on a sheep farm, but rural reporting allows her to explore one the most agriculturally rich regions of Australia. Her news ‘patch’ extends 400 kilometres, from the coast in the south, through green dairy and red meat regions, to the arid grain country of the Wimmera Mallee. Depending on the day, she could be found pulling pots on a professional cray fisher’s boat, baling fleece in a wool shed, dodging muddy puddles on a dairy farm, or driving hundreds of kilometres through vast, fenceless, paddocks of grain; all in the name of ‘work’. That means she is free to spend weekends kayaking, camping, fishing and water skiing in the same spectacular rural landscape. While studying journalism at university, Dani crammed in life-changing visits to India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Indonesia, Dubai, Thailand, Scotland, Ireland and England.

Sarah Hill, USA, started her own freelance agricultural communications company in March 2016.  She currently manages communications projects for clients including DairyBusiness/HolsteinWorld magazine and the American Angus Association.  Hill has previously worked for DairyBusiness Communications as a digital media editor; MorganMyers, an agricultural integrated marketing communications firm, as a public relations associate; and the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service as a 4-H educator.  Hill is a member of the American Agricultural Editors’ Association, Livestock Publications Council, International Women’s Leadership Association, the National Agri-Marketing Association and South Dakota Farm Bureau. Hill grew up on a 60-cow dairy in Missouri and had very active 4-H and FFA careers.  She is a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in Agricultural Journalism.  During college, Hill interned with Hoard’s Dairyman magazine and Dairy Farmers of America dairy cooperative, in addition to studying abroad in New Zealand.  She and her husband, Braeton, a livestock nutritionist, have a daughter, Harper, and live in Brookings, South Dakota. 

Julienne Isaacs is a freelance print journalist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She writes for Top Crop Manager,Grainews, Country Guide, Manitoba Cooperator, CAAR Communicator, Potatoes in Canada and other publications. Formerly, she served as the editor-in-chief of Spud Smart, a magazine focused on potato production in Canada. While she covers all aspects of crop production, her special focus is on new and emerging research and technology that improves sustainable crop production.

Inoussa Maïga, Burkina Faso, is a consultant and founder of MEDIAPROD, a communication for development agency. He holds a Masters degree in Management of Media from the Ecole supérieure de journalisme de Lille (France). Before starting his own company, he has worked for some years in a communication agency in Burkina Faso, where he gained significant experience. Inoussa is also the president of the Burkinabè Association of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators (ABJCA), which has the ambition to make agriculture “cool” again. As an agricultural journalist, blogger and project manager, his agricultural articles, reports and multimedia projects brought stories from the rural world in the limelight, and his work did not remain unnoticed. In the past years, Inoussa has received several awards from organisations such as the OIF, CTA, FAO, Oxfam and Institut Français. Inoussa has just started working on a new project called “Agribusiness TV” – which is the first youth in agribusiness web TV in Africa.

Cheyenne Stein, New Zealand, is a journalist for the Dairy Exporter magazine.  She has been heavily involved in the agricultural industry from a young age, having started her own Simmental stud at the age of 14 and has competed in stock handling and judging competitions both in New Zealand and Australia.   She studied at Lincoln University on a Future Leaders scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2012 and went on to gain a Post-graduate diploma in Business and administration from Massey University the following year. Cheyenne began her career in the rural insurance sector before making the move into the dairy nutrition industry. She began her role as a specialist on-farm journalist for the NZAgri publication Dairy Exporter in April 2015. Cheyenne has a passion for the dairy industry and covers a diverse range of topics in particular scientific based articles.

Caroline Stocks, United Kingdom, is a freelance journalist who writes about agriculture for the UK’s leading farming and mainstream national media. Before she became a journalist she had no farming background, and fell into the industry after she started working for a business magazine publisher after graduating from university. She went on to work as a news editor for Farmers Weekly, the UK’s leading farming title, where she specialised in writing about UK and European agricultural politics. After being awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship in 2010, where she investigated agricultural communications with a focus on social media, she decided to set up her own freelance journalism and communications agency. She now writes on a range of topics from technical dairy production to farm policy, and offers communications and social media advice to a number of high-profile companies across the food and farming sector.

Anette Tjomsland, Norway, is a communication advisor in Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO). NIBIO is doing research on food production, forestry, biotechnology, plant health, environment, natural resources, geography and statistics. Anette works with research dissemination, strategical communication, media and social media, communication training and councelling. She is also a writer and photographer. Anette has her education within media, communication and globalization. She is very interested in global food and water issues, and spent five years working with communication in different NGOs. Among them, the Development Fund, which supports small scale farmers in their fight against hunger and poverty, and the Association for International water studies.  


Lukas Weninger, Austria, finished his agricultural studies at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna in 2014. Already besides his studies, he started working for the monthly agricultural magazine top agrar Austria as a free agricultural journalist. Since three years Lukas is an editor there and responsible for the subjects arable farming and plant production, agricultural engineering and farm management. Together with his colleagues, he also feeds the website of top agrar Austria with news daily. To “keep fit” in practical farm work, Lukas runs an arable farm in a mixed wine-growing region in Lower Austria, north of Vienna.