(Photo: Young Leaders and Master Class 2017)

IFAJ has sent out invitations to the participants of the Young Leaders and Master Class programmes. Both these programmes are offered prior to the IFAJ2018 World Congress Dutch Roots in Wageningen. The Dutch Roots organization is pleased to welcome both programmes in the Netherlands.

Young Leaders
The Young Leaders programme enables young journalists from all parts of the world to join a boot camp together with the participants of the Master Class programme. The Young Leaders are selected by an international jury. They receive a stipend courtesy of Alltech Inc. in the USA.

The IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders Award was established in 2006 by the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists and Alltech to recognize emerging leaders in agricultural journalism and communications from around the world.
This year’s IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders are:

  • Hannes Baumgartner – Der Landwirt, Austria
  • Marike Brits – Plaas Media, South Africa
  • Lydia Burton – the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Dagmar Deutsch – Agrarheute, Germany
  • Joseph Gakpo – Multimedia Group, Ltd., Ghana
  • Katie Knapp – The Ag Photographer, USA
  • Oonagh O’Mahony – IFP Media, Republic of Ireland
  • Ashley Robinson – Commodity News Service Canada
  • Tuulikki Viilo – Maaseudun Tulevaisuus, Finland
  • Rasmus Bue Willesen – Landbrugsmedierne, Denmark

Master Class
IFAJ and Corteva Agriscience (the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont) are collaborating on a programme to provide professional development, leadership training and networking opportunities to agricultural journalists from developing countries.The sponsorship op Corteva Agriscience enables IFAJ to invite agricultural journalists and communicators to join the Master Class prior to the IFAJ world congress in the Netherlands, as well as join the international colleagues from all over the world at the IFAJ2018 World Congress Dutch Roots in Wageningen (the Netherlands).

“We are excited and proud to continue our support of the IFAJ’s Master Class Program, which offers agricultural journalists from around the world a top-notch professional development curriculum”, said Gregg Schmidt, Head of External Communications at Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, on the IFAJ website. A respectful number of applications for this programme were sent. In April ten journalists/communicators were selected and approached for the Master Class programme.
This years Master Class participants are:

  • Williams Moi Arimo – Uganda
  • Hamidou Diop – Senegal
  • Dimitri Ergemlidze – Georgia
  • Aobakwe Gofamodimo – Botswana
  • Kebba Jeffang – Gambia
  • Koleta Makulwa – Tanzania
  • Jefferson Massah – Liberia
  • Eunice Ndhlovu – Malawi
  • Befedaku Tefera – Ethiopia
  • André Tokpon – Benin

The Dutch Roots organization congratulates those selected for both programmes and is excited to welcome the participants to the congress. We look forward to the international connections made in person at the congress in Wageningen (the Netherlands).