Three Projects Receive IFAJ-Caterpillar Development Bursary Awards – Announcement

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) is pleased to announce that three agricultural journalists have received funding through the organization’s new IFAJ-Caterpillar Development Bursary for special communications projects. The program, sponsored by machinery manufacturer Caterpillar, provides an opportunity for agricultural journalists to push their boundaries, seek international perspective, and contribute to IFAJ’s goals of global development, youth development, professional development and freedom of the press.

The funded projects are:

  • An exploration by Pulack Ghatack of the Bangladesh Agricultural Journalists and Activists Federation of the impact of traditional, religion-based laws on women farmers.
  • Developing a manual of professional and ethical standards for agricultural journalists, using insight from farm journalists in another post-Soviet-bloc country, by Maia Mamulashvili of the Association of Georgian Agricultural Journalists .
  • Olivia Cooper of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists will attend an International Journalism Festival to gather perspective on current best practices that can help agricultural journalists bridge gaps between farm and non-farm media and audiences.

Ghatack, Mamulashvili and Cooper will share their findings with their guilds, IFAJ and Caterpillar.

“These projects were chosen from more than two dozen proposals that demonstrated the breadth and creativity of agricultural journalism around the world,” said Steve Werblow, secretary-general of IFAJ. “The insights that these three outstanding reporters will bring home to their audiences, their guilds and our federation will yield exciting new perspectives and allow the reporters to stretch their boundaries. We are grateful to Caterpillar for their generous grant that has funded this program, and look forward to the results.”

“The partnership between Caterpillar and IFAJ has been truly exciting and a tremendous success,” added IFAJ treasurer Adrian Bell of AgroMavens, who worked with Caterpillar to develop the bursary. “Caterpillar is delighted that both the bursary and the earlier AgTech Reporting Award have captured the imagination of IFAJ members across its 50 countries, supporting professional development and helping to raise the profile, standards and scope of agricultural journalism.”

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists represents almost 5,000 journalists and communicators in 50 countries. The federation is a platform for professional development, networking and support of freedom of the press.

For more information on the IFAJ/Caterpillar Development Bursary, visit