(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
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.
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
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);
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
What motivates you to do the project you submit? What are the gains for you and
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
do you plan to use the US$5000 grant? Define a budget of at least five
line-items, and a time frame.
your proposal (your text file, and illustrations) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We
will confirm your submission, and once it is online, we’ll send you the link to
your submission BlogSpot by email.
submission should be written in MS Word or any other text editor. It should be
- Your submission should be in a story-telling format (as if it were a
blogpost), but still containing all elements we mentioned before.
submission (in MS Word or any other text editor) should be sent as attachment
to an email;
submission can be in English, French, or Spanish;
use any fancy structuring in your text (e.g. no tables or columns);
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;
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
submission (your MSWord file, and your pictures/video or video links) should be
emailed to email@example.com
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,…;
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;
project has to be practical, realistic and hands-on;
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);
project should show concrete results or at least tangible outputs within one
prefer projects which have a direct impact on rural areas;
agripreneurs have to be younger than 39, at the time of their submission;
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
First selection? Public voting!
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:
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;
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;
many times your BlogSpot was viewed.
first selection score will be calculated with the formula: First selection
score = (5 * #comments) + (2 * #likes) + (#views).
can only “Like” a post if you have a wordpress.com account;
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.
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.
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
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.
accept your online submission, the BlogSpot and illustrations, from now until March
11th 2016 (midnight CET).
your proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
an application is online, we don’t edit it anymore (so spellcheck your
application before sending it to us :)
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;
online scores will determine the 20 most popular projects;
jury will make the final selection by March 14th;
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.
submitting your proposal,…
allow us to publish the BlogSpot, video and pictures on our blog
agree to come to The Global #GCARD3 consultation in South Africa;
agree to write a bi-monthly follow-up BlogSpot to be published on the GFAR
agree to write a short wrap-up BlogSpot after one year, describing the concrete
outcomes of your project, and how the seed funds have been spent;
will moderate the comments on your submission BlogSpot(s), by replying to
incoming comments, questions, suggestions…
Leave your comment and inquiry below!!!
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