Editor of De Olho no Campo website is selected to attend rural conference in Italy

Paulo Beraldo has already participated in a similar event in 2017, in Brussels, Belgium. He was one of the five Brazilians representing the country in a world forum with young leaders of agriculture of 49 countries. 
SÃO PAULO - Paulo Eduardo Palma Beraldo, editor and creator of De Olho no Campo website, is one of the 15 reporters selected to attend a world conference on agricultural development which will take place from the 12 to 15 February 2018 in Rome, Italy. 

The conference is organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), an agency of the United Nations that works with poverty, food security, gender inequality, environment and climate change. The event is an opportunity for journalists to broaden their understanding of the main problems faced by rural communities around the world. The selected professionals will have contact with farmers, IFAD and UN experts and technicians, researchers and world leaders from developing countries.

The selected 15 are working in print, broadcast and visual media in countries including Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Senegal, Togo, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Uganda, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco. Each country has only one representative.

The purpose of the conference is to train journalists to develop approaches that can stimulate sustainable and inclusive investment in the field, and also to reveal the main needs and problems of those living in rural communities. "In order to ensure the daily issues faced by rural poor people and their communities are acknowledged, it is important that their stories are heard and their voices are amplified", says the convocation.

The organisers hope that the event will not be an isolated act in the life of the journalists. "This should not be seen as a one-off workshop; indeed, we would expect all journalists who are selected to attend to pursue stories along these issues in their home countries after the workshop".

Since he was in the university, Paulo Beraldo reports on agriculture, livestock and enviromental subjects. 
Paulo Beraldo says that taking part in the event is an opportunity to improve his work, to have contact with professionals from all over the planet and to deepen his knowledge on rural development issues. "Participating in this conference will improve a work that I have been doing since when I was in the university, which is reporting on agriculture and livestock issues".

According to him, being the only Brazilian to participate is a big responsibility. "Brazil is one of the main food producers on the planet and there is a lot of curiosity about the agricultural practices here," he says.

One of the issues addressed at the event is how to reconcile the imbalance between the waste of good quality food and the lack of food for millions everyday. It is estimated that 1.3 billion tons of food are lost daily, while another 815 million people are living in food insecurity.

The conference will be held in partnership with Thomson Reuters news agency, the world's largest. All the costs with passage, food and lodging are banked by the organizers.

Eligibility - Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors to a media organisation.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country, and should have at least two years’ professional experience and have a good level in spoken and written English. 

Candidates also had to include evidence of their interest in rural issues and in the development of agricultural populations, with evidence of published work on the subject.

Thomson Reuters agency, based in England, employs 2,500 journalists in 200 cities around the world. The company produces content in 16 languages. Besides that, the Thomson Reuters Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the agency. The purpose of the foundation is to produce journalistic content with a humanitarian focus on issues such as property and land rights, sex trafficking, women's rights, climate change and other issues not always addressed by traditional media.