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International Annual Congress

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Nikki Robertson
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Nikki Robertson

IFAJ-Alltech 2014The annual congress is a major event attracting around 200 agricultural journalists from all over the world, including a delegation from the British Guild.

They represent a fabulous opportunity to learn about - and report on - aspects of farming and food and driunk production in the host country, as well as about other forms of rural enterprise and culture. The Congress is also an unparalleled opportunity for networking with journalist and PR counterparts - and to have a very good time!

Regular Congress-goers have not just made useful contacts, they have also made lasting friendships.

The outline structure of each Congress is the same: the main event runs for three or four days, comprising a large group visit on the first day followed by a conference session the following day. Then there is a choice of four smaller group visits on particular themes, which are repeated so that delegates can participate in two of the theme tours. A professional development session is an optional part of the programme.

Two- or three-day optional tours in areas away from the Congress location provide the opportunity to see farming, rural enterprise and culture in a different part of the host country ether before or after the main event.

The IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders Award provides a €1000 scholarship for 10 under 35 year old members from around the world to attend the international Congress and the professional development Boot Camp held immediately before the main event. More information here.

A legacy fund from the Congress hosted by the British Guild in 2014 is used to assist members who can not raise alternative funding to attend a Congress.

Upcoming Congress

2017

 

 

IFAJ Congress 2017 - South Africa

March 29-April 07

South Africa has a dual agricultural economy, with both well-developed commercial farming and more subsistence-based production in the deep rural areas. While it is a water scarce country where only 12 percent of land can be used for crop production, it is Africa's largest food producer and the only net exporter of food on the continent.

The African population is one billion and all eyes are on the continent to feed its growing population, more so because of its available resources. South Africa is the gateway to the rest of Africa and African agriculture and the industry is increasingly depending on South Africa to lead the way. This makes South African agriculture a challenging but rewarding industry - there is much by the way of interesting knowledge for members of Agricultural Writers SA to share with their international counterparts.

Past Congress

2016
Members of the British Guild joined agricultural journalists from across the world to learn about sustainable farming systems at this year’s... Read more
2015
Members of the Guild who took part in IFAJ Congress 2015 had an eye-opening insight into New Zealand agriculture and rural culture. Read more
2014
It took a huge amount of detailed planning and preparation but hosting more than 200 agri and rural journalists from around the World to showcase... Read more
2013
Armed with supplies of Walkers Scottish shortbread and Glenlivet Scotch whisky, a trio of Guild members travelled to Argentina to experience the... Read more
2012
Half a dozen British Guild members took part in the IFAJ Congress 2012, held in Sweden. The event gave them opportunities to learn more about the... Read more
2011
For impressions of the Canadian congress, visit this News page and the IFAJ Congress 2011 website Read more
2010
For impressions of the Congress held in Belgium, visit Live Reports web page. Read more
2009
It’s not all discussions and farm walks on an IFAJ Congress, as Rachel Queenborough discovered in the United States when the photography skills ... Read more
2008
Freelance Peter Read was among a contingent of Guild members who attended the 2008 congress in Austria and Slovenia for a gathering of journalists... Read more
2007
Members who attended the 2007 IFAJ Congress in Japan have nothing but praise for the organisation and programme of events organised by the Japanese... Read more

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