Advancing Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurship and ICT Innovations to Boost Climate-Resilient Food Value Chains

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Here is another wonderful opportunity shared by CTA. This is for Youth organizations  interested in Agri-business and organizations developing ICT solutions for Agriculture.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the European Union (EU) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. Its mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management in ACP countries. It provides access to information and knowledge, facilitates policy dialogue and strengthens the capacity of agricultural and rural development institutions and communities.

Objective: The objective of this grant is to advance agricultural entrepreneurship and ICT innovations by young people. It responds to the strategic need to strengthen the involvement of youth in agriculture. It will support youth capacity building and entrepreneurship in ICT for agriculture (ICT4Ag) and promote youth employment opportunities. The call for proposals builds on various activities that CTA has been implementing in the area of agribusiness, value chain development, ICT for agriculture, and youth in agriculture (notably within the framework of the Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) project).

Proposals can be submitted in the following two (2) categories:

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Category 1: Proposals aimed at strengthening youth engagement and entrepreneurship in strategic food commodity value chains. They will favour the consolidation of Agro-food cooperatives or companies led by young people, or the creation of innovative Agro-entrepreneurial mechanisms for the benefit of youths.

Category 2: Proposals aimed at implementing the “AgriHack Talent” programme at National or Regional level, with a focus on value chain development, regional trade or climate change adaptation for strategic food commodities. The objective of the AgriHack Talent programme initiated by CTA is to support ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture by youth. It encompasses a series of activities at the heart of which a hackathon or coding competition is organised, followed by capacity building, entrepreneurship support in ICT and agriculture business, as well as promotion of the products developed. Proposals may include other activities, or may not include all activities of the model.

For both categories, successful applicants will receive grants ranging from EUR 30,000 – 100,000.

Who can apply: Only youth organisations or organisations working on youth issues can submit proposals.

Language: Proposals may be submitted in either French or English

Submission method: By email to youthgrant@cta.int

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by 15 February 2015 at 23:59 hours, Netherlands time.

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Click here to download the detailed guidelines for submitting application.

You can also read the full details on CTA website

SOURCE: CTA

IMAGE CREDIT: CTA

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Olajide Ishola

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