Annual congress IFAJ 2014

The IFAJ 2014 congress is being hosted for a record sixth time by the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists.
The British Guild is in 2014  celebrating its 70th anniversary.
The main congress is in Aberdeen, Scotland, from September 4-8. There is a pre-congress tour to London focusing on the UK's capital city feeds itself. The post-congress tour is to the Midlands and Wales.
Congress will be taking the theme of Innovations from a Small Island and we will be showcasing the very best of British agriculture and innovative nature of it.
Scotland is, of course, home to some of the world's best-known food and drink brands. Scotch whisky is the main export, selling more than £4billion of spirits annually around the globe. Scots call whisky the water of life – or in the Gaelic, Scotland's native tongue, it is called usquebaugh (ousk-a-bar).
But Scotland is also home to Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and some of the world's finest soft fruit, potatoes and vegetables.
We'll be telling you the story of all of these – and more – in 2014 and we look forward to welcoming you to Britain.
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2012 Award winners

Mike Wilson (left), Past-President of IFAJ and Bernhard Stormyr of Yara are pictured here with first-place winner Kerry Staight from Australia. Photo by Chuck Zimmerman.

The winner of the second annual IFAJ-YARA Award for Sustainable Agriculture Reporting is Kerry Staight of Australia.

Staight’s story “The Future of Food” was broadcast on June 26, 2011 by ABC Landline.

Second place went to Martha Wairimu Nyambura of Kenya for her story broadcast on IPS Interpress, entitled “Organic Agriculture Could Help Africa Fight Poverty.”

Aage Krogsdam of Denmark received third place for his story published in GrovvarerNyt, “Fight for Resources.”

The judges said Staight’s wide-ranging report “touched on many key issues that other entrants in this contest did not mention or even attempt to cover. She communicated the complexity of the challenges without confusing viewers, smoothly leading them through many important topics along the entire food chain.” Another said she “has a good understanding of the issues − from the green revolution and precision agriculture to soil health, food shortages and urban agriculture − weaving them into a coherent whole. Her questions were refreshing and to the point, and she offered a healthy balance between technological and social dimensions.”

Second place winner Nyambura’s “presented an engaging story that illustrates what people in Africa are facing. Nyambura made good use of limited resources to produce this report, addressing the issues of food access, hunger and nutrition for a growing world population,” said the judges.

Krogsdam, third place winner, “covers a lot of territory and presents a thorough and thought-provoking piece,” said the judges. “He discusses the need for an integrated landscape that has multiple functions, and pointed to many of the current challenges and solutions for balancing feeding people and livestock against the new industrial opportunities for agriculture.”

The awards were announced at the 2012 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Congress in Sweden.

The competition drew 19 entries from nine countries. The theme was “Fuel or food... or both?”

Judges for the competition were Henning Otte Hansen of Denmark, Cathy Reade of Australia’s Crawford Fund and the team of Fred Kirschenmann, Jeri Neal and Laura Miller of the University of Iowa’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Click on the links for the winning articles:

1st place (Kerry Staight, Australia): http://www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2010/s3253782.htm 
2nd place (Martha Wairimu Nyambura, Kenya : http://www.ips.org/africa/2012/05/organic-agriculture-could-help-africa-fight-poverty/ 

3rd place (Aage Krogsdam, Denmark): Fight for resources - English
Fight for resources (GrovvarerNyt) Page 1 - Danish
Fight for resources (GrovvarerNyt) Page 2 - Danish