CGIAR(the Global Agricultural Research Partnership) and GFAR (the Global Forum on Agricultural Research) co-organize a pilot project called Youth Agripreneurs Project (YAP) The YAP program targets young agricultural entrepreneurs from all over the World involved in input supply, production, value-added services and/or market access. The young agripreneurs with innovative projects will be featured at #GCARD3 global event in Johannesburg, South Africa, accommodation and all round trips to the event will be covered. Moreover, the program will provide a two days mentorship at the event and one year mentorship after the event to bring your project to a success. All applications will be accepted via email in Microsoft Word document and it will be published on the GFAR blog.
It should be written in a “free format”, a story-telling format, as if it were a BlogSpot. Here are the critical elements you should include in your application (important!):
WHO: Describe your background: “who are you?” – include your full name, your city/country, telephone number and age (as the applications are restricted to those younger than 39 years at the time of submission);
WHAT: Describe your project: What do you want to do? How do you want to do it? Your proposal has to be agri-related. Show it is realistic and sustainable. We’d also like to know if your project has a socio-economic impact on your community;
WHY: What motivates you to do the project you submit? What are the gains for you and your community?
HOW: List the steps you intend to take to achieve your goal, leading to the success of your project; Describe what you have done already to get your project started, until now, either alone or with help; Describe the actual measurable success factors for your project: How do you measure your success? How do you plan to use the US$5000 grant? Define a budget of at least five line-items, and a time frame.
Submit your proposal (your text file, and illustrations) to [email protected] We will confirm your submission, and once it is online, we’ll send you the link to your submission BlogSpot by email.
Your submission should be written in MS Word or any other text editor. It should be 1-2 pages.
Your submission should be in a story-telling format (as if it were a blogpost), but still containing all elements we mentioned before.
Your submission (in MS Word or any other text editor) should be sent as attachment to an email;
The submission can be in English, French, or Spanish;
Don’t use any fancy structuring in your text (e.g. no tables or columns);
We need at least one illustration (a picture, a drawing or a video). You can submit up to two illustrations maximum: e.g. two pictures, or one video and a picture which illustrate your project. You should hold the copyright for the pictures/video, or have a formal permission to use the picture(s) or video. Include picture credentials in your submission BlogSpot;
Pictures/video should be attached to your submission email. We also accept links to videos you have uploaded on YouTube or Vimeo. But do NOT include the pictures/illustrations in your text. Send them as separate attachments to your email.
Your submission (your MSWord file, and your pictures/video or video links) should be emailed to [email protected]
By submitting your project, you allow us to publish your submission on our GFAR blog. This means your application will be public. This also means that potentially other people might read about your project, and get inspired to submit their own proposals.
Eligible Projects for YAP
The projects have to be related to the agriculture supply chain: input (seeds or fertilizer, tools,…) or production (crops, livestock, fisheries, forestry, agro-forestry,..), value-added services (such as processing or storage), market access,…;
The US$5000 seed funding by itself has to make a difference in your project: e.g. we don’t want projects where you have to wait for another $20,000 to come in before you can start;
Your project has to be practical, realistic and hands-on;
Your project has to show self-sustainability. e.g. no repeated financial investment is needed, and it has to be eco-sustainable (let’s not ruin the earth while trying to feed the planet);
Your project should show concrete results or at least tangible outputs within one year;
We prefer projects which have a direct impact on rural areas;
The agripreneurs have to be younger than 39, at the time of their submission;
We do accept “group submissions”, e.g. projects run by a group, an organisation, and institute or from a small company (with an annual turnover of less than US$50,000). The proposal has to be submitted by the person who would be the project coordinator, and will be the mentee in our project;
We accept up to two project proposals per person.
First selection? Public voting!
The first selection of projects (dependent on the amount of funding we receive from the sponsors) will be based on the appreciation of your entry by the online public. We will pick the top submissions, based on:
How many “Likes” the post gets: How many people clicked on the “Like” button below the post. Note: Only “Likes” on your BlogSpot itself are counted, not on other social media channels;
How many comments each BlogSpot gets. This is the most important selection criteria. We encourage “dialogue” and we would like every BlogSpot to become an opportunity for the online public to exchange views and provide feedback about your project. Note: Only the comments left on your BlogSpot itself, are counted. Comments left on other social media channels are not included;
How many times your BlogSpot was viewed.
The first selection score will be calculated with the formula: First selection score = (5 * #comments) + (2 * #likes) + (#views).
One can only “Like” a post if you have a wordpress.com account;
Submitted comments are not published immediately: to avoid spam, we manually screen the comments before releasing them. We release comments at least once a day. So, monitor comments on your submission blog regularly, and post your replies. Note that we closely monitor the comments. Any attempt to artificially pump up the comments on your application, will be considered as spamming and might result in the disqualification of your application.
The number of pre-selected posts which will go to the jury, will depend on the amount of funding we are able to raise. The first selection will consist of twice the amount of applications we have funding for. E.g.: if we have funding for ten agripreneurs, we will send the jury twenty pre-selections.
The final selection:
Based on the public voting formula, a panel of judges (judges to be announced later) will give a final score on the top submissions, which will determine the finalists. The panel will consist of scientists, communications specialists and experts in sustainable development.
They will, individually, score each blog entry based on the project or initiative you presented (feasibility, originality, impact and sustainability – each equally weighed) and the way you presented the project in a BlogSpot. We will total the individual judges’ score to make the final score.
We accept your online submission, the BlogSpot and illustrations, from now until March 11th 2016 (midnight CET).
Ayodele Farinde is an agribusiness, greenhouse and organic agriculture expert.
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