IFAJ/Corteva Master Class Enrollment Hits All-Time High

A group of outstanding journalists has been selected for the 2021 IFAJ/Corteva Master Class, which will be held as part of a virtual Boot Camp in August and September. The Master Class, which is sponsored by Corteva, provides leadership, professional development and networking opportunities, and has been instrumental in helping colleagues establish or strengthen guilds around the world.


Members of the 2021 Master Class include:

  • Ruth Akinwunmi-King, Nigeria
  • Farah Atyyat, Jordan
  • Carlos Bellodas, Peru
  • Cecilia Casanova Carillo, Chile
  • Romain Kossi Dekadjevi, Benin
  • Daniel Duarte, Brazil
  • Martin Andrés Ghisio, Argentina
  • Faeza Rezende Jacob, Brazil
  • Halkawt Mohammad, Iraq
  • Byenda Prosper Munda, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Misheck Nyirongo, Zambia
  • Josephine Okojie, Nigeria
  • Aizan Rymbayeva, Kazakhstan
  • Alejandro Saavedra, Chile
  • Tamba Tengbeh, Sierra Leone
  • Keddimetse Vanderwestguizen, Botswana
  • Arimo Moi Williams, Uganda
The IFAJ Master Class (pictured: 2019 Boot Camp) provides networking, leadership training and professional development.


“Corteva Agriscience is thrilled to continue our sponsorship of the IFAJ’s Master Class Program, which offers outstanding agricultural journalists from around the world an incredible professional development experience,” said Gregg Schmidt, Global Communications Leader at Corteva Agriscience. “These journalists have a critical role in communicating about the importance and need for agriculture in society.”

Addy Rossi, IFAJ secretary general, added that the virtual format of this year’s class widens the scope and reach of the program.

“We are very excited to be able to bring together such a large group of talented journalists from so many countries, including many countries in Latin America and the Middle East,” Rossi said. “The Master Class has helped IFAJ expand our network and strengthen our federation for years, and the chance to conduct the Boot Camp online this year will provide us with new, wider opportunities.”