New direction for Global Office

Bern, Switzerland – Markus Rediger, president of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ), is pleased to announce that the organization has contracted Qu’anglo Communications & Consulting of Ormstown, Quebec, to manage the IFAJ Global Office.

Welcoming the new Global Office - from left to right: James Campbell, IFAJ Treasurer; Riitta Mustonen, IFAJ Secretary General; Markus Rediger, IFAJ President, with Christina Franc and Hugh Maynard of Qu'anglo Communication
Welcoming the new Global Office – from left to right: James Campbell, IFAJ Treasurer; Riitta Mustonen, IFAJ Secretary General; Markus Rediger, IFAJ President, with Christina Franc and Hugh Maynard of Qu’anglo Communication

The IFAJ Global Office provides support for member associations of agricultural journalists worldwide as well as development activities in non-member countries. It also provides management and administration services for IFAJ events and programs, including the meetings of the executive committee and presidium.

Qu’anglo has over 30 years experience working in the agricultural communications and non-profit sectors during which time it has harnessed leading-edge information and communications technologies to enhance organizational capacity. Hugh Maynard, President, and Christina Franc, Director of Communications, will assume responsibilities on behalf of Qu’anglo starting June 1, 2015 as the IFAJ Global Manager and Global Assistant respectively. They take over these functions from the Dutch farmer-led development organisation, Agriterra, which has restructured its business. Agriterra has very competently developed the global office services to IFAJ since the beginning of 2014, with Josephine van Gelder as Global Manager and Anne Kluivers as Global Assistant.

Rediger noted that the many years of experience that Qu’anglo has in providing similar support to organizations in Canada situates the company well to go global with IFAJ. “Networking agricultural journalists and communicators from all corners of the world through electronic media, while supporting their professional development, has great potential to contribute to IFAJ’s mission,” he said.

“We’re very excited about this opportunity, not only for the global responsibilities with IFAJ but also because of the potential to contribute to agriculture worldwide through improved communications for farmers and other stakeholders in the sector,” Maynard added.

IFAJ is a non-political, professional association for agricultural journalists in 33 countries and supports and encourages the practice of agricultural journalism in countries embracing freedom of the press. IFAJ gives agricultural journalists and communicators a platform for professional development and international networking.

Qu’anglo Communications & Consulting is an enterprise with a mission to provide quality consulting services for the conception and implementation of communications, training and development initiatives, specializing in the area of sustainable development for agricultural organizations and rural communities.

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