Annual Congress

The Annual Congress is IFAJ’s flagship event.

Hosted by a different member guild each year, Congress brings together IFAJ members from all over the world for an immersive few days in a country’s agriculture.

Delegates return home with a remarkable insight into different agricultural industries and practices, providing valuable opportunities to report, compare and contrast, improve knowledge and build networks. It’s also an important business event for IFAJ; it’s here that both the Executive and Delegate Assemblies meet, and strategy debated and decided.

For the home guild, it’s a tremendous opportunity to showcase ‘their’ agriculture to the rest of the world, while at the same time building and strengthening relationships with domestic associations, trade bodies and sponsors. It also provides much-needed interaction with other guilds.

The legacy of hosting a Congress, and around 200 overseas journalists, communicators and photographers, often leads to renewed enthusiasm and vigor for home-grown initiatives.

The next congress…

…is in South Africa.

The main congress takes place between April 2 and April 8, 2017
in Gauteng and the Western Cape.


Why South Africa?

For the world to feed the estimated population of 9 billion people by 2050, an increase of at least 70% in production will be required. At present the African population is over 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. 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 – an industry that has a wealth of experience and information to offer members of the IFAJ.

Here’s more information about IFAJ 2017.


IFAJ has held a Congress every year since 1957

The first Congress was held in Kassel, Germany

23 IFAJ members have so far hosted a Congress

The United Kingdom has hosted the most Congresses: 6

Each Congress is attended by up to 200 delegates

Delegates return home and report on their experiences, findings and observations to a worldwide audience of more than 40 million readers, viewers and listeners

Recent Congresses

Read more about the most recent Congresses in the links below. For a full list of all Congress locations since 1957, have a look at the map that follows.

Historical locations of IFAJ Congresses