The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) has made history by electing its first ever female president.

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) has made history by electing its first ever female president.

Lena Johansson has been an agricultural journalist for 30 years and is currently political editor in chief for Land Lantbruk, LRF Media, in Stockholm, Sweden.

She was unanimously elected at a delegate assembly held online due to coronavirus restrictions and succeeded Owen Roberts of Canada who stepped down at the end of the two-term limit.

Ms Johansson, who has been IFAJ vice-president since 2016, said: “Agricultural journalism is much too important to be left only to the general media and lockdown with the coronavirus has shown how much we need each other, both socially and in our work.

“A strong IFAJ has meant a lot to me both personally and professionally, and I hope we can continue this way in the future.”

The IFAJ represents more than 5,000 communicators in 50 countries, including the UK, with members focussing on sharing new technologies and information relevant to the agricultural industry.

The organisation was the media partner of the 2019 Women in Food and Agriculture Summit held in Amsterdam.