Africa Food Systems Forum (“AGRF”) Summit media accreditation policy

The Africa Food Systems Forum (“AGRF”) is the world’s premier annual forum for African agriculture, bringing together stakeholders in the agricultural landscape to take practical actions and share lessons that will move African agriculture forward.

This Media Accreditation Policy (“Policy”) applies to the annual AGRF Summit. Media accreditation for the AGRF Summit is intended for journalists working for legitimate and suitable media outlets. This can be validated by providing AGRA with proof of recently published work.

It is expected that media accreditation holders credit AGRA as their source and comply with data protection laws. By agreeing to the terms of this Policy each media representative is deemed to have read the Policy and to have agreed to be bound by them, together with any special rules, eligibility criteria or instructions expressly stated to apply to the Summit as follows:

  1. General
    1. Media representatives that wish to cover the Summit must apply for accreditation through the online accreditation form at the official website for the Summit, or through the contact email, and provide relevant information as provided under the application form. These are the only recognized official channels to obtain registration for media accreditation.
    2. Last minute applications, or applications submitted once the Summit has already started shall be rejected.
    3. A request for accreditation does not mean acceptance. All successful applicants will receive an email regarding the status of their accreditation.

  2. Eligibility Criteria
    1. Media accreditation is strictly reserved for media professionals who represent a bona fide media organization. Applicants must provide clear evidence that they are on assignment from a specific news organization or publication. A valid assignment letter from that media organization, or publication, is required. 
    2. Journalists who meet AGRA’s media registration criteria will be accredited on an availability basis, with priority being given to news agencies, TV stations, general daily newspapers, sports newspaper or magazines, and specialized chess media.
    3. Independent writers, bloggers, youtubers, and citizen journalists not endorsed by a professional media, or only endorsed by an entity with no apparent editorial board oversight, are not eligible for accreditation.

  3. Categories of Accreditation
    1. Media accreditation for the  AGRF Summit will be available in the following three categories:
    2. Non-rights holding television broadcasters and other camera crews.
    3. Photographers.
    4. Members of the written press.

  4. Required Materials at Registration
    1. Applicants wishing to gain AGRF media accreditation must provide the following materials during registration:
    2. Personal Identification: government issued photo ID.
    3. Employer Identification: business card, employer ID badge or letter of assignment on corporate letterhead.
    4. Proof of Assignment: sample by-lined article published within the past six months or current masthead that includes the reporter’s name and title or official letter of assignment from a media outlet.

  5. Benefits of Accreditation
    1. AGRF is under no obligation to grant accreditation to anyone not deemed to fall within the AGRF media accreditation criteria and reserves the right to refuse or revoke accreditation in accordance with the rest of this Policy.
    2. AGRF reserves the right to limit overall access numbers and accreditations granted per organization.
    3. Once accredited, a media representative will be afforded all benefits offered to all accredited representatives, namely entry to various AGRF activities, briefings, opportunities to interview AGRF officials and access to AGRF facilities open to news media.

  6. Final Considerations
    1. Media accreditation may only be used for coverage of the Summit for which the accreditation was obtained and does not constitute an endorsement for any other purpose.
    2. At any time, AGRA may revoke accreditation if it is put to improper use; if it has been used to abuse the privileges so extended; or if personal or public conduct is not consistent with the best interests of the organization.
    3. The accreditation pass must not be loaned to another person; any pass in the possession of any individual to whom it was not issued will be confiscated.

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