Africa Rural Connect and the Young Farmers Idea Contest
By Sarah Kana on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
One way that RPCVs can continue serving from their desks, during their lunch breaks, or right after dinner, is by participating in the National Peace Corps Association Africa Rural Connect program. Through the Young Farmers Idea Contest, the African Diaspora and volunteers alike are invited to share their ideas on new ways to engage youths in sub-Saharan Africa under the age of 18 through educational projects, community-building initiatives, and social programs, all centered around agriculture and farming.
The top 10 ideas from endorsements will go to the Leaderboard above and will be sent to a panel of judges who will evaluate the top ideas identifying those they feel are the most original, creative, practical, scalable and likely to be successfully implemented.
Ideas submitted to the Young Farmers Idea Contest can run the gamut from improving youth agricultural education and training, to increasing youths’ access to finances and land, to supporting youth farming organization. You may designate your idea under standard Africa Rural Connect themes such as water resources, agribusiness, post-harvest losses/storage, transportation and infrastructure, and communication methods.
The current Young Farmers Idea Contest runs from April 15 – May 31, 2012.
Young Farmers Contest Prizes
Qualified contestants will be eligible to win first, second and third place.
- First place winner receives a cash prize of $5,000 and if the winner is based in the U.S. they will also win roundtrip airfare and lodging to the NPCA annual gathering in Minneapolis June 29 -July 1, 2012.
- Second place winner receives a cash prize of $2,500.
- Third place winner receives a cash prize of $1,000.
Molly Mattessich sat down with Voice of America’s Paul Ndiho to talk about the program’s goals and successes so far- check it out!