Theme: “Engagement for impact in agricultural development; Stories from the African youth”
As 2018 draws to a close and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is developing its strategic plan covering the next ten years, the organization seeks to gain insights into the engagement of youth in agriculture on the continent by various agricultural institutions, members of the Forum. In this vein, the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD)- Africa in collaboration with FARA is launching an essay competition to have youth articulate their experiences in youth engagement initiatives across the region, especially in the context of agri-preneurship. This is aimed at informing FARA and its constituents better on how to effectively engage with and feature youth and women in agriculture in the context of implementing FARA’s new strategy.
The essay should reflect the experience you went through as a beneficiary of an initiative involving an agricultural institution in your country or region. However, in case you were directly involved in the implementation of such an initiative, directed towards youth, and you are able to share the experience of engaging other youth, YPARD Africa may also consider your perspective as an ‘engaging youth’.
A selection of the authors of the essays of the competition will be contacted by a team of consultants to obtain further details of their documented experiences. A further selection will have a fully sponsored opportunity to participate in a three-day youth workshop/writeshop at the FARA Secretariat in Accra to share their experiences with FARA, its constituents and other youth participants. The workshop/writeshop will be scheduled in the first quarter of 2019. The dates will duly be announced.
Your entry must address the following :
• Your contact details: Full name; email; WhatsApp number; Skype ID
• In what way has the initiative changed your outlook as a professional in agriculture?
- income levels
• What kind of support did this intervention offer? (Describe the initiative clearly so we can attribute credit to the programme/institution)
• What features of the initiative inspired/ empowered you most?
• What are the challenges that this initiative helped you overcome?
• Are there any challenges you still encounter?
- In what ways do you envision these challenges could be dealt with?
- In what way can sharing your experience be useful to other youth?
Your essay can range between 500-1000 words long and could be written in either French or English.
To ensure that your entry can be shared within the YPARD network, please first register as a member at YPARD’s website. Send your entry to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, 16 th December 2018
In partnership with the Islamic Development Bank, CORAF will be organizing a Pre-Forum on ‘ICTs in Agribusiness’ (ICT4Ag) for 20 mentees (2nd Cohort) in Dakar, Senegal, 15 and 16 March 2018.
Participation will be open and competitive and will be among the 120 selected mentees (excluding those who were trained in the 1st Cohort). Those who were unsuccessful before are encouraged to reapply.
To earn a ticket to the Pre-Forum, please write a short essay on: “How I will use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in promoting my agribusiness”.
Conditions of entry:
NEYAT has been selected as one of the first initiatives to be presented at the Africa Agribusiness Incubation Conference and Expo 2018 to be held in Dakar, Senegal, from the 5th to the 8th of November.
High on the agenda at this conference is the role of agribusiness incubation and thematic side-events addressing existing bottlenecks to job creation for more youth through agribusiness development in Africa with the guiding theme of “Youth Engagement in Agribusiness Trade and Investment.”
For the next two mounths, the selected young agricultural entrepreneurs will benefit from mentoring and distance learning courses through a virtual platform from imminent scientists and researchers on agricultural technologies generated under the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP) as well as successful entrepreneurs from the private sector.
The ambition of the CORAF / WECARD is to demonstrate that products of science can be transformed into sustainable streams of income for young agripreneurs and stimulate technologies adoption through the establishment of incubation centers within its national centers of specialization oriented speculation as Livestock, aquaculture, fruits & vegetables, dry cereals, plantains, roots & tubers, maize and rice. The objective is to have research outputs improve productivity of young agripreneurs with a glimmer hope that they translate into economic gain.