NAC treasurer among 10 IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders 2019 Award Winners

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Treasurer of the Network of Agricultural Communicators (NAC) The Gambia Seedy Darboe is among ten agricultural journalists around the world to win the 2019 International Federation Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) and Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism Award.

NAC is a non-profit, non-political and non-religious network serving agricultural editors, writers, photographers and communicators in The Gambia

This year’s programme, sponsored by Alltech, honors 10 young agricultural journalists and communicators who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in reporting as well as excellent potential as leaders of the industry in the years to come. The honorees were chosen by an international jury among applicants from many of IFAJ’s 50 member countries.

The 10 honorees will attend the 2019 IFAJ Congress in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, in July. The Young Leaders will also participate in a Boot Camp in the days prior to Congress, which includes professional development and networking workshops and farm visits in southern Minnesota.

Other awardees are: Prince Appiah of Multimedia Group, Ltd., Ghana, Moses Bailey of Radio Gbarnga/The Bush Chicken, Liberia, Kasey Brown of Angus Media, United States of America, Marzell Buffler of Landmedien Deutschland, Germany, Melissa Dahlqvist of Swedish Agro Machinery, Sweden, Louise Denvir of RTÉ, Ireland, Abi Kay of Farmers Guardian, United Kingdom, Samantha Tennent of Dairy NZ, New Zealand and Angus Verley of Australian Broadcasting Company, Australia.

“The importance of strong journalism in communicating agriculture’s truth in today’s world cannot be overstated,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. “We are proud to support the next generation of journalists who are passionate about sharing the real stories of the farm and field, and the men and women who work tirelessly to feed our planet.”

IFAJ secretary general Steve Werblow said; “The IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders program has helped strengthen so many individual careers, so many guilds around the world, and IFAJ as a whole. Bringing together these talented, motivated and energetic young professionals is always a highlight of the year, and watching them go back home with new contacts and perspective is extremely exciting.”

He said many of their organizations’ dedicated volunteers are alumni of the Young Leaders program, which is true testament to how it helps build IFAJ year after year. “We are grateful to Alltech for its long commitment to the future of agricultural journalism, and very excited to meet the Young Leaders of 2019.”

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. In addition to global recognition, Young Leaders participate in professional development and networking programs held in conjunction with IFAJ’s annual Congress.

The IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders program is a key force in developing the next generation of volunteers for IFAJ and its member guilds.