Georgia on our minds

A hearty congratulations to our colleagues in Georgia for coming together to form the Association of Georgian Agricultural Journalists (AGAJ).

We met two of the key drivers of the association, Nestan Mermanishvili and Maia Mamulashvili, in South Africa at the Master Class and young leaders’ program. They were dedicated participants, inspired by the IFAJ members they met there, and went home with a vision for bringing other Georgian agricultural journalists together and forming a guild.  Recently, IFAJ secretary general Steve Werblow took part in their organizational workshop, to help them get off the ground.

Here’s how Nestan describes AGAJ’s aspirations:

“We hope the association will play a significant role in building and developing agriculture sector-oriented journalism. Georgia is an agricultural country, and despite its small dimensions, it has a big and diverse potential. There are many journalists in Georgia, but only few of them know about agricultural journalism and the real meaning of it…the association will build a bridge and create an equal platform for relevant participants, including government, business companies, farmers, individuals working in agriculture, in order to strengthen and support information flow and effective communication. The association will be a neutral and independent body and based on the information dissemination and communication among the actors and will accelerate agri-processes for a better future.”

IFAJ wishes the Georgian guild success and looks forward to it applying for IFAJ membership.

Among the members of the Georgia guild gathered for their organizational meeting last month are (from left) Natalia Tsiskarashvili, Nestan Mermanishvili, Rusudan Gigashvili, Tamar Bolkvadze, Demetre Ergemlidze and Maia Mamulashvili. Photo by Steve Werblow.