IFAJ Congress Application Form


Background. The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) holds its annual meeting (called a congress) in a different member country each year. The congress is designed to help journalists gain professional development skills, create networking opportunities with other journalists and news sources, and provide a conduit to stories highlighting the host nation’s agriculture and food.  IFAJ members rate networking opportunities at congresses as among the most valued aspect of their IFAJ membership. 

Criteria. The IFAJ host country liaison committee evaluates a prospective host country’s application based on criteria found below, then recommends an applicant to the IFAJ executive for approval.

The key criteria are the following: 

1.    News story variety and potential
3.    Time since having last hosted a congress.  

Instructions. Download this application, fill in the answers, save the document and send it Nico Van Burick, chair of the host country liaison commitee at nvburick(at)landbou.com. 

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Country ______________________________________________________


Name of Guild or Association______________________________________


Website ______________________________________________________


Number of members ____________________________________________


Your name____________________________________________________


Your email address_____________________________________________


Proposed year and specific dates (if known) for which you are applying to host a congress.





If you have a specific year and date in mind, please explain their importance.


   Our guild does not have a specific year and date in mind. We will take the next available year. (Note: The list of countries is fixed no more than four years in advance).

Has your country hosted an IFAJ congress before?


Yes, most recent year ­­­_________


Key members in your guild who will be responsible for delivering the congress have read and support the congress guidelines published on the IFAJ website (www.ifaj.org)



Please address the following points (150 words or less, each).   

1.    Explain why you want to hold a congress in your country.  


2.    What would be the main benefits for working journalists?  


3.  What kind of agriculture, in general, will you focus on?


4.  Name three professional development activities that will be held.


5.  What kinds of tour stops and agriculture-based interview opportunities for     working journalists do you foresee for your congress?


6. Describe in general your strategic plan for the congress budget, sponsorships, and approximate expected registration fee.