Application Deadline: 15 February 2015 at 23:59 hours,
CTA is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management in ACP countries. It facilitates access to information and knowledge; supports evidence-based, multi-stakeholder development of agricultural policies and strategies; promotes inclusive value chain development and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs); and strengthens the capacities of agricultural and rural development institutions and communities.
The objective of this grant is to advance youth agricultural entrepreneurship and ICT innovations to boost climate-resilient agro-food value chains. 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); support the implementation of the AgriHack Talent initiative launched by CTA; 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, ICTs, and youth in agriculture (notably within the framework of the Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS1) project). Youth targeted by this call are young farmers, young agro-entrepreneurs, young ICT specialists, youth studying ICT or agriculture, and other young people interested in agriculture, both men and women, aged between 18 and 35 years old.
Proposals can be submitted in the following two categories:
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.
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 to 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