YOUNG LEADERS AND MASTER CLASS ATTEND PRE-CONGRESS BOOT CAMP

The return of in-person IFAJ World Congress also marked the return of in-person Boot Camp, IFAJ’s special training for up-and-coming leaders from around the world.

The IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders Program and the IFAJ/Corteva Master Class met in Vingsted, Denmark prior to this year’s Congress for an intensive leadership training, skill building and networking opportunity. Spirits were high and so was the energy level, and friendships were forged that will last for years.

This year’s participants included the following IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders:

  • Hannah Binns, Great Britain, Farmers Guardian
  • Tracey Donaghey, Ireland, Ulster Farmers’ Union
  • Megan Hughes, Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Megan Schilling, USA, Successful Farming
  • Maria Wehrle, Germany, Badischer Landwirtschafts-Verlag
  • Becky Zimmer, Canada, Pattinson Media

These IFAJ/Corteva Master Class members also participated:

  • Francisco Contardo, Chile, Radio Agricultura/AgriculturaTV
  • Daniel Azevedo Duarte, Brazil, Agrofy News
  • Halkawt Mohammad, Iraq
  • Kedi VanderWesthuizen, Botswana, Farmers Review

Led by IFAJ secretary-general Adalberto Rossi, Alexandra Hayden of the IFAJ Global Office, and Young Leader alumna Jessie Scott of the USA, the group toured farms, engaged in workshops and challenged themselves and each other with thoughtful exercises on journalism and leadership. Another former Young Leader, Australian broadcaster Kallee Buchanan, provided her insight throughout the program.

IFAJ past president Owen Roberts presented on knowledge mobilization, while Alltech vice president Patrick Charlton and Corteva Agri Science’s corporate communications lead Sanna Karolszyk also shared their perspectives. A highlight of the program was a meeting with Alltech CEO Dr. Mark Lyons, who flew into Denmark to meet the group.

Unfortunately, several journalists honored with the IFAJ/Alltech Young Leader Award and spots in the IFAJ/Corteva Master Class were unable to participate in Boot Camp, largely due to backlogs in the visa process. Those colleagues included Young Leaders Seedy Darboe of The Gambia and Master Class honorees Williams Moi Arimo of Uganda, Tama Tengbeh of Sierra Leone, Daud Abri Daud Dimbil of Somalia, Yero S Yah of The Gambia, and Cecilia Persson of Sweden.

“Bringing the Young Leaders and Master Class together in Boot Camp is inspiring and exciting,” said Rossi. “Watching them build friendships and professional networks reminds us of the value IFAJ brings all of us, and also illustrates that the future of our industry grows from these amazing programs.”

Also in this newsletter….

22 Aug: Memories of Denmark

The 2022 Congress website is packed with resources from the event, including photos, presentation slides, videos, articles, and more.

22 Aug: A Message from the President Lena Johansson

This is why congresses are such an exceptional happening. They show the whole range of our organization—from large to small countries, experienced journalists to beginners, men and women, young and old, who all meet on equal terms.

22 Aug: IFAJ WELCOMES FIVE MEMBER GUILDS

Guilds from Brazil, the Caribbean, Chile, Nepal and Uganda expand IFAJ to 60 full members and 1 affiliate.

22 Aug: SPECIAL PRE-RELEASE BRIEFING ON GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY INDEX (GFSI) SEPTEMBER 19

Join IFAJ on Monday, September 19 at 14h00 (2:00 pm) GMT for an exclusive embargoed pre-release briefing on the 2022 Global Food Security Index (GFSI)

22 Aug: Reports from Ukraine

Larysa Guk, president of the Union of Agrarian Journalists of Ukraine and long-time IFAJ board member and Kyiv resident Iurii Mykhailov shared their experiences with fellow attendees of the IFAJ Congress in Denmark. Here are their comments.

22 Aug: INTERNATIONAL DAIRY FEDERATION INVITES IFAJ TO WORLD DAIRY SUMMIT 2022 SEPTEMBER 12-15

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has created special opportunities for IFAJ members to participate in its World Dairy Summit 2022. This year’s Summit will be held in India, the world’s leading dairy producer.

22 Aug: The Story Behind the Image – 3000 Days of Drought

Willem van der Berg of South Africa’s Landbou Weedblak tells the story behind his powerful portrait, “3000 Days of Drought”…and shares more images from the shoot.

22 Aug: Gambia’s NAC Holds 2-Day Journalism Training

Nineteen participants, including agriculture reporters from print and electronic media as well as members of farmer organisations, participated in the training.

22 Aug: SEE YOU AT CONGRESS IN OLDS, ALBERTA, CANADA JUNE 27-JULY 3, 2023!

IFAJ’s 2023 Congress, New Frontiers in the Wild West, will be hosted by the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation in Olds, Alberta, June 27 to July 3, 2023. Mark your calendar!

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