- Put into limelight issues, successes and challenges faced by youth engaged in: agriculture in urban and rural areas;
- Encourage the production of information and the use of new information and communication technologies by young farmersí groups and organisations interested in the ìyouth in agricultureî question;
- Promote the sharing of information on the issues of agriculture and rural development in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.
1. Who can participate?
- young members of farmers organisations;
- young members of any organisation interested in agriculture, rural development and ICT.
When young members of an organisation are submitting an entry in the institutional category, they should apply on behalf of their organisation. If the entry wins an award, it is the organisation, which will be declared winner and will receive the cash prize. The blog creator or a representative of blog creators (if it is a team) will be invited for the prize giving ceremony and receive a trophy on behalf of the winning organisation. When a team applies on behalf of their organisation, the person representing the team must be specified in the application process. The cash prize won would be sent to the organisation.
For both categories, the young people participating must be between 18 to 35 years old (by the time of submission) and be nationals of ACP countries signatories of the Cotonou Agreement (see Note 1 below).
2. How to participate?
Prior to the blog submission, all people/organisation interested to be updated regularly on the competition can subscribe on this link: http://eepurl.com/GAJA9
3. Content of eligible blogs
In the context of the YoBloCo Awards, “new articles” or “new posts” refer to texts published between the launch of competition until its closure (please check section 7 below for the deadline). Posts/articles considered for the competition must be in French or English and can be related to one or several ACP countries.
Articles on the blog should cover themes or issues such as:
- Challenges, success and issues faced by Youth in agriculture and related activities;
- Climate change, environmental conservation, natural resource management;
- Agri-business (marketing, commercialization, processing, etc.);
- Agricultural production and Food security;
- Agriculture value chains and agricultural policy;
- Actions, policies and strategies related to youth involvement in agriculture;
- ICT use in the agricultural sector (how can ICTs promote agriculture or how can ICT support innovation in agricultural value chains, ICT and agriculture policies, ICT and extension services etc.);
- How are ICTs improving (or can improve) youth opportunities in rural areas;
- Contribution of Diaspora in ACP Agriculture;
- The role and importance of Family Farming and Smallholder Farming in alleviating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas. (see Note 4 below);
- Any other agriculture related theme or issue.
4. Selection process
Votes and comments on blogs will end in March, 2014.
5. Selection criteria
- Quality of language in posts
- Originality of posts/articles (most posts should be written by the entrant)
- Quality of analysis in the posts
- Frequency/Consistency of blogging
- Animation of the blog
- Presence of agriculture related content (especially since the launch of the contest for existing blogs)
- Overall technical quality of the blog
- Presence of information on the organisationís activities
- Presence of information in youth in agriculture issues
- 1st Prize: †1,500 Euros
- 2nd Prize: 1,000 Euros
- 3rd Prize: 800 Euros
- 3000 Euros per region (West Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, East Africa, Caribbean and Pacific)
- Best female blogger: 1000 Euros (only individual blogs will be eligible for this prize)
- Best blog on Family Farming (see Note 4 below): 1000 Euros (an individual or institutional blog may be eligible for this prize)
- Best blogs with business potential: at least two blogs will be selected, out of the best finalist individual blogs selected by the public, to receive mentorship and incubation opportunities †(See Note 5 below)
- A number of runners-up in will receive a certificate of participation
7. Deadline and key dates
8. Additional terms and rules
10. More information and contact:
Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA)
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org