– March 16th: The list of the finalists is now online! Congratulations to everyone who submitted their project. You showed the world the creative spirit of young agripreneurs!!
– March 15th: The jury has now cast their votes, and we are doing the final tally and checks. The announcement of the final selection will be announced as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the comments on all posts are re-opened.
– March 13th – Midnight CET: The online voting is now closed, and the first selection is being forwarded to the jury.
Until the results are published (expected on March 16th), we will temporarily suspend publishing further comments, as the judges will look at the quality of the online conversation on each of the proposals in the first selection.
– March 9th – midnight Central European Time: This call for proposal is now closed..
While the voting (through comments, likes and views on your proposal) is still open until March 13th midnight CET, our team is working hard in publishing the received proposals as fast as we can.
Note that we received about 100 proposals on the last day, so there will be a delay in publishing the last batch. We are working around the clock -until late at night- to get your proposals out.
Thank you all for the many wonderful projects you have submitted. You have shown that youth is still very active, creative and motivated to engage in innovative projects!
– March 8th: Due to the high amount of incoming YAP proposals, we are changing the deadline for submissions to March 9th midnight CET (Central European Time).
– Feb 27th: Our deadline for submissions and voting has changed. Please check the “Timeline” chapter below!
– March 5th: We added more details for your submission guidelines in the sections “Which projects are eligible for “YAP” and “What should your submission look like?”
We, at GFAR and CGIAR, are committed to integrate, stimulate and mentor the involvement of youth in all of our collective programs. At #GCARD3, the Third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development, we are taking any opportunity to live up to that commitment.
We want to use the upcoming #GCARD3 global event to pilot a number of innovative projects and approaches. One of these projects is “YAP”, the Youth Agripreneurs Project. “YAP” is a pilot project targeting young agricultural entrepreneurs or “agripreneurs”.
Within “YAP” we want to select young agripreneurs from all over the world, and provide a seed fund to facilitate the startup of their project. During one year, we will mentor these young agripreneurs within their project, linking them with seasoned researchers and practitioners, by integrating them in the YPARD (Young Professionals for Agricultural Development) mentoring program. We also want to train them on new ways to advocate and network using innovative communication tools.
We are now ready to accept submissions from you, the young agripreneurs from all over the world. Here are the details how you can apply to be one of our “YAP champions”:
What do we offer our “YAP champions”?
- We will provide a US$5000 grant, allocated in 3 tranches over one year;
- We will fund your travel and accommodation to attend the #GCARD3 global event in Johannesburg (South Africa) and integrate you into the panel discussions;
- At #GCARD3, we will integrate you into a two days mentor-ship program, to initiate you into the ins-and-outs of agripreneurship, linking you up with your mentor(s), and assist you to make your project a success;
- We offer you three days of social media training, as we firmly believe that using online tools is a key factor to bring your project to a success;
- We will integrate you into the YPARD mentoring program;
- We will assist and mentor you during one year, to bring your project to a success.
How can you apply to become a “YAP champion”?
It is simple. And complex.
“Simple”, as a YAP application is just one email. But it is also “complex”, as in one email (a document and some illustrations), you need to condense everything you’ve got, making your application complete and compelling!
You need to submit your application by email, which will be published on the GFAR blog.
What should your application consist of?
If you want to apply to the “YAP” program, you will need to submit your application. The application is NOT a form, but should be written in a Microsoft Word (or similar word processor). It should be written in a “free format”, a story-telling format, as if it were a blogpost. 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 yrs 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 (see details below). 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 have you 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 – see below) to p.casier(at)cgiar.org. We will confirm your submission, and once it is online, we’ll send you the link to your submission blogpost by email.
What should your submission look like?
- 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. Check out these tips on how to write a good stories or blogpost;
- 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 blogpost;
- 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 p.casier(at)cgiar.org.
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.
UPDATE March 5th: We are currently receiving a lot of proposals. We’re processing and publishing them as fast as possible. Please allow us around 2 working days to screen your post and confirm receipt and 2 working days to bring it online. There might be delays on days when a high number of proposals are received. Kindly also note that currently a lot of our time is spent on processing applications which are not complete or not compliant to our guidelines. Please remember your proposal should be in a wordprocessor format (not in .pdf format e.g.), and you should include at least ONE picture, large enough to be featured in your application on your website. Pictures should be included in your application email, but as a separate attached file (e.g. a .jpg file). Please DO NOT incorporate pictures in your MS Word file as they are too difficult to process in the needed quality.
Which projects are eligible for “YAP”?
And this section is super important! Read it carefully, and integrate it into your application blogpost.
- 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 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, 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.
- UPDATE: We receive quite a few questions related to: “I am thinking of this idea, does it qualify”? For, us, what is important, are the qualifiers we listed in this section. No matter if your project is to drill a borehole to irrigate the fields in your community, buy cows to bring in a new variety in your herd, fund the materials to build an infrastructure for micro-irrigation or roasting peanuts, or set up a transport system to connect farmers to the markets, or a piece of software… As long as it fulfills the qualifiers in this section, you’re fine! Go for it!
OK, I get it, so this is like a competition?
Yes, each YAP project submission will be an individual post on our blog. The winners will be determined in two steps:
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 blogpost itself are counted, not on other social media channels;
- How many comments each blogpost gets. This is the most important selection criteria. We encourage “dialogue” and we would like every blogpost to become an opportunity for the online public to exchange views and provide feedback about your project.
Note: Only the comments left on your blogpost itself, are counted. Comments left on other social media channels are not included;
- How many times your blogpost 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 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 blogpost. We will total the individual judges’ score to make the final score.
UPDATED! Timeline has changed. See the new timeline below!
- We accept your online submission, the blogpost and illustrations, from now until March 9th 2016 (midnight CET).
Submit your proposals to p.casier(at)cgiar.org.
Once we receive your submission, we will sent you an email to acknowledge your application. When your submission is online, we will send you the link, so you can promote it within your network.
Once an application is online, we don’t edit it anymore (so spellcheck your application before sending it to us 🙂 );
- The online voting will start from the moment your submission is online. The voting closes on March 13th at midnight CET. That’s when we tally your online score;
- The online scores will determine the 20 most popular projects;
- The jury will make the final selection by March 14th;
- On March 15th, we will inform you, if you are selected. From then, we will work with you on the logistics to get you to #GCARD3 Global Conference.
By submitting your proposal,…
- You allow us to publish the blogpost, video and pictures on our blog;
- You agree to come to The Global #GCARD3 consultation in South Africa;
- You agree to write a bi-monthly follow-up blogpost to be published on the GFAR blog;
- You agree to write a short wrap-up blogpost after one year, describing the concrete outcomes of your project, and how the seed funds have been spent;
- You will moderate the comments on your submission blogpost(s), by replying to incoming comments, questions, suggestions…
Check out the YAP proposals submitted thus far.
CGIAR (the Global Agricultural Research Partnership) and GFAR (the Global Forum on Agricultural Research) co-organize the global event of #GCARD3 (the Third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development) in April 2016. This event will be held in Johannesburg, co-hosted by the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa.
The “YAP” program is run in cooperation with YPARD (the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development) who manages the mentoring program. Together we aim to fully integrate youth in the whole #GCARD3 process and to showcase their crucial role in the future of agriculture.
We are still seeking additional sponsors. If you want to co-fund this exciting project, contact Fiona Chandler – fiona.chandler(at)fao.org
Details for “YAP” sponsors, you can find in this blogpost.