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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The growing angst in rural-urban relations

What an array we see today

by Jim Evans and Owen Roberts

It seems likely that, beyond the local level, societies everywhere have never had more conversations about agriculture, what it produces and how it affects the public welfare. Front pages and lead stories abound with what we once called a farm story. Now, it’s a food story. Or a science story. Or a trade story. And suddenly, everyone’s a farm writer, and a farm-news consumer. That brings with it new opportunities to tell farming’s story. But it also ushers in new challenges, introducing urban (and some rural) people to traditional farm issues. Some of them are tough to explain, and they’re causing confusion and downright angst among the public.

IFAJ members may have a new role here, communicating about an array of topics. Food prices and shortages, use of genetically modified crops, threats of bird flu and mad cow disease, farming methods, pesticide policies, food safety and regulation, international trade, labeling and tracking of foods, animal care, factory farms, organic foods, blight warnings, biofuels and dozens of other issues rage away at all levels. In our teaching and research activities over the years, we have never seen such a broad and high-profile agenda of rural-urban-farm conversations. More than 1,000 documents in the Agricultural Communications Documentation Center identify and examine them in various countries.

Part I: How agricultural journalists face an expanding menu of issues

Part II: Great laments in rural-urban ralations