Y-FARM AWARD FOR AFRICAN YOUTH IN AGRICULTURE 2


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ABOUT Y-FARM AWARD

The Youth Farm (Y-Farm) Project aims to promote youth-led farms and the benefits of farming for sustainable livelihoods. The project focuses on amplifying African youth voices to promote “Sustainable Agriculture” among the younger generation.

GOAL

To promote a youth-led agribusiness society, reduce poverty and increase active youth participation in sustainable agriculture by 2020.

OBJECTIVES
1. To establish, promote and strengthen at least 10,000 youth led farms across Africa by 2020
2. To recognize and celebrate outstanding contributions of youth in agriculture.

CATEGORIES OF AWARD

1. Production:
a. Crop
b. Livestock
c. Aquaculture

2. Processing and Packaging

3. Agribusiness/Agropreneurship:
a. Innovation
b. Marketing
c. Sales
d. Branding
e. Networking
f. Advocacy
g. Consulting
h. Training

5. Personality Award: This award recognizes individuals and organizations who are providing mentoring platforms, creating value chains and providing key resources for African youth in Agriculture.
The award covers:
a. Individuals (Adult above 35years)
b. Organizations
c. Media

ELIGIBILITY

1. Applicant shall be an African Youth resident in any part of Africa
2. Applicant shall be a male or female farmer between the ages of 18-35 years.
3. Applicant shall be willing to mentor other youth in their area(s) of specialization.
4. Applicant must have been involved in any of the award categories mentioned above for at least 2years.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

A. PRODUCTION/PROCESSING/PACKAGING

1. Scale of Operation: Various scales of operation, small and large are considered. Size and number of various enterprises identified in category (1) above, e.g. Size of land/crops, number of livestock and poultry, surface area of fishpond(s), number of beehives and the yield realized from these are used to classify scale of operation where applicable.
2. Sustainable Agriculture: Applicant should be conversant with cultural practices such as fertilizer application, weed, pest and disease control as well as animal production techniques.
3. Identification of Farming Problems and Innovation: Applicant should be able to identify and solve environmental problems affecting his/her Agricultural project.
4. Record Keeping: Applicant should have adequate knowledge of farm record keeping that will assist him/her to evaluate the success or failure of the enterprise.
5. Adoption of New Technology: Applicant should prove that he/she is in tune with innovations with regard to improved practices, inputs and techniques which will increase his/her agricultural productivity.
6. Farmer’s Role in his or her Community: To be considered suitable for the award, the farmer must contribute towards the growth of the community in which he or she lives in. He/she should extend to, or share knowledge with other farmers in the community.
7. General Impression of applicant and agric enterprise: The general outlook of the applicant and his/her agric enterprise is very important. The applicant should be able to identify general or specific problems connected with the farm or agric enterprise and be aware of the institutions to consult for help.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION
All applications must be submitted ONLINE on or before Monday 30th June 2014 by the close of work (5pm GMT +1)

The award will be presented during the First African Youth Agric Festival celebrating the International Youth Day August 12th, 2014. Abuja, Nigeria.

The YFarm Project is an initiative of Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative and Alexijan Consults in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Agriculture, NYSC, Oxfam Nigeria, UNDP, UNWOMEN, VSO, NAFON, YouthWASH, Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Youth Empowerment, AYICC, CODE, RACHVID LTD, GPF, DMBI, AIDE, VEINNET, NYDA, KITTYS CONFECTIONERIES, CRUNCHY CHOPS LTD, ICAD, SAVE THE CHILDREN UK, TPMS Nigeria Ltd, CEDSI, YVEN, DEVNOVATE Ltd, GUARDIAN, Nigerian Pilot, RB Magazine, Galaxy TV, Ben TV, News Agency, BAE Global.

INQUIRIES: +234(0)8053647180, 08159756677, 07066746245, 08038399483 or email fbinaija1@gmail.com

WE WISH YOU LUCK AS YOU COMPLETE THE FORM


About ‘Tunde Akinmolayan

Tunde Akinmolayan holds an M.Agric in Agricultural Economics and Farm Management from FUNAAB. He writes and runs a rabbit farm, among other engagements. He can be reached on akintunde.akinmolayan@yahoo.com.


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2 thoughts on “Y-FARM AWARD FOR AFRICAN YOUTH IN AGRICULTURE

  • Soji Ademola Toriola

    Good stride towards re-branding agriculture as a noble profession in Africa. My only reservation is in the personality award category: How do you expect farmers aged between 18-35 to be considered in the individual personality category that has awards only for adults above 35 years? How do you reconcile those incomparable?