The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), in collaboration with FARA, Yam-Pukri, CAFAN, AYF, ANAFE, SPC/PAFPNET and e-Agriculture is pleased to launch the 2nd Edition of the Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo Awards).
This contest is organised in the framework of the ARDYIS project,
which aims to raise youth awareness and improve their capacity on
agricultural and rural development issues in ACP countries using
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
The aims of this blog competition are to:
- 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?
The YoBloCo Awards are open in two categories:
a. Individual category
This category is open to students in agricultural training courses,
young farmers, journalists or other young people interested in ICT or
b. Institutional category
This category is open to local or national
- young members of farmers organisations;
- young members of any organisation interested in agriculture, rural development and ICT.
For this competition, an organisation is understood as any type of
non-profit or for-profit association, cooperative, forum, network or
related grouping, excluding government institutions.
Organisations that receive funding from governments but are not formal
governmental institutions can be eligible if they fulfil all criteria.
If the organisation or grouping submitting an entry is not officially
registered in the country, it should be recommended, via a letter of
recommendation, by a national partner organisation, which is officially
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
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?
Individuals or organisations who wish to submit a blog and take part
in the competition will have about 4 months to prepare or update their
blogs with content related to agriculture (see Section 3 below). Blogs
and all required information/documents will be submitted via an online form between December and January 2014 (the link to the blog submission form will be provided on this page as from 2 December 2013).
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
The blog submitted can be a newly created one, or an existing one but
which has been recently updated with content related to agriculture.
However, mainly blog posts from the commencement of the competition will
A blog that deals with, or contains posts/articles on subjects other
than agriculture must include, consistently (see Note 3 below), new
articles related to agriculture, in order to be considered eligible.
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
There are two different processes for the two blog categories.
The eligible individual blogs submitted will first go through a
public evaluation process, whereby the online audience will vote for,
and comment on the blog that they like the most. Following the public
evaluation, 15 finalists will be selected based on the number of votes
they will receive, and they will finally be evaluated by an independent
jury composed of expert in the field of ICTs and Agriculture. The first
prize for this category is 1500 Euros and other prizes will be awarded!
Blogs in the institutional category will also go through the public
evaluation process, whereby the online audience will be required to
leave comments on the blogs that they like the most (there is no limit
on the number of blogs to comment). The jury will then choose the best
blogs per region for this category and will take into account comments
made by the public. The prize for this category is 3,000 Euros per
winning organisation. In addition, some of the most appreciated blogs by
the public may receive special rewards from organisers if the jury does
not select them.
Updates on the whole voting process and results will be shared regularly on the YoBloCo Blog and entrants who are subscribed and submitted a blog will also be informed by email.
Votes and comments on blogs will end in March, 2014.
5. Selection criteria
The main selection criteria are the following:
- 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
For the institutional category, additional criteria are:
- 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
Winning blogs and other best blogs will be promoted by CTA and its
partnersí various channels. †In addition, authors of winning blog or
other best blogs will have the opportunity to be involved in future
activities of CTA or its partners.
7. Deadline and key dates
Launch of the competition: 8 October 2013
Submission of Blogs: 2 December 2013 – 31 January 2014
Online Evaluation (public): February – March 2014
Jury Evaluation: April – May 2014
Winners Announced: June 2014
The date of the prize giving ceremony will be announced subsequently.
8. Additional terms and rules
a. Winners of the 1st Edition of the YoBloCo awards (3 winners from
individual category and 3 winners from institutional category) are not
eligible to submit their blog again for the competition. However, best
entrants who did not receive a prize for the 1st Edition of the YoBloCo
Awards can submit their blog for this new Edition.
b.The organisers reserve the right to reject any application that does not meet the contest criteria and the present regulations.
c.Participation in the competition implies an explicit agreement
given to the CTA to make public, as needed, the experiences described,
as well as participantís identity. Moreover, it constitutes an agreement
given to the CTA to use the experiences described in its publications
and for promotional activities.
d.CTA will not return to the participants documents submitted.
e.By entering, participants warrant that content on the blog does not infringe on any third party’s rights.
f.All local taxes on prizes, if required, are the sole responsibility of the winners.
g.If, for any reason, the contest cannot be conducted as planned, the
CTA reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, close,
change, or suspend it.
h.Youths directly working for CTA or ARDYIS advisory Committee
organisations are not eligible to participate. However young people
working for partners of these organisations are eligible.
i.Applicants will be informed about the competition results by email to the addresses provided in the blog submission form.
j.Apart from the public result announcement, each winner will be
notified through the e-mail address he/she provided. A reminder will be
sent if necessary. In case of non response to the reminder message and
10 days maximum after the result announcement, the next best candidate
in the same category will be declared winner;
k.Decisions taken by the jury and the CTA are final and are beyond dispute;
l.All contest participants implicitly accept the rules presented in this document.
Note 1: The ACP countries targeted here are those
that have signed the ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement : Angola – Antigua and
Barbuda – Belize – Cape Verde – Comoros – Bahamas – Barbados – Benin –
Botswana – Burkina Faso – Burundi – Cameroon ñ Chad – †Central African
Republic – Congo (Brazzaville) – Congo (Kinshasa) – Cook Islands ñ CÙte
díIvoire – Cuba – Djibouti ñ Dominican Republic – Dominica – East Timor –
Equatorial Guinea – Eritrea – Ethiopia – Fiji – Gabon ñ The Gambia –
Ghana – Grenada ñGuinea – Guinea-Bissau †- Guyana – Haiti ñ Jamaica –
Kenya – Kiribati – Lesotho – Liberia – Madagascar – Malawi – Mali ñ
Marshall Islands – Mauritius – Mauritania ñ Federated States of
Micronesia – Mozambique – Namibia – Nauru – Niger – Nigeria – Niue –
Uganda – Palau – Papua New Guinea – Rwanda – Saint Christopher and Nevis
– Saint Vincent and Grenadines – Saint Lucia – Solomon Islands – Samoa –
S„o TomÈ and Principe – Senegal – Seychelles – Sierra Leone – Somalia –
South Africa – Sudan – Suriname – Swaziland – Tanzania – Togo – Tonga –
Trinidad and Tobago – Tuvalu – Vanuatu – Zambia – Zimbabwe
Note 2: The main elements that will be evaluated are the blog animation and content.
Note 3: To be evaluated by selection committees.
Note 4: This theme is designed directly along the core theme of the United Nations 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF).
Note 5: For the special prizes for the best blogs
with business potential, the jury may contact potential winners for more
details on their projects. Mentorship opportunities will include advice
for the finalization of the blogs, capacity building opportunity, etc.
10. More information and contact:
The purpose of the ARDYIS (Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth
in the Information Society) project is to raise youth awareness and
improve their capacity on agricultural and rural development issues in
ACP countries using ICTs. The Advisory Committee for the project is made
of the following institutions: Forum for Agricultural Research in
Africa (FARA), African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural
Resources Education (ANAFE), Pacific Agriculture and Forestry Policy
Network (PAFPNet), Caribbean farmersí Network (CAFAN), Yam-Pukri
association, African Youth Foundation (AYF). ARDYIS activities will
contribute to the promotion of opportunities for youth in ACP countries
in the agricultural, rural development and ICT sectors.
For the 1st Edition of the YoBloCo Awards, 92 blog submissions from 25 ACP countries and about 3,000 people
from ACP and non ACP regions contributing to the public evaluation of
the blogs. 6 blogs (3 individual blogs and 3 institutional blogs) were awarded. †Best entrants in both categories were invited to attend the IAALD Africa Chapter Conference and prize giving ceremony of the YoBloCo Awards, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 21-23 May 2012.
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