Application Deadline: 15 February 2015
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) invites youth organizations and organizations working on youth issues to submit applications for grant opportunity in advancing youth agricultural entrepreneurship and ICT innovations to boost climate-resilient food value chains. The grant program aims at advancing agricultural entrepreneurship and ICT (Information Communication Technology) innovations by young people. Responding to the strategic need to strengthen the involvement of youth in agriculture, the grant will support youth capacity building and entrepreneurship in ICT for agriculture (ICT4Ag) and promote youth employment opportunities.
The CTA is a joint international institution of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU).
- Youth in agriculture
- Youth agro-entrepreneurship
- ICT innovation in agriculture
- ICT and entrepreneurship in agriculture
- Projects aimed at strengthening youth engagement and entrepreneurship in strategic food commodity value chains – proposals should favor 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.
- Projects aimed at implementing the “AgriHack Talent” program at national or regional level, with a focus on value chain development, regional trade or climate change adaptation for strategic food commodities – proposals can include activities like hackathon or coding competition, 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.
Grant awards will range between EUR 30,000 and EUR 100,000. Grants must be used in ACP countries.
- Applicants can be any natural and legal person from the ACP States and the Member States of the EU contributing to the EDF; from official EU candidate countries and member States of the European Economic Area; from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) according to OECD/DAC; OECD/DAC members; and international organizations wherever they have their seat.
- Applicants should have successful prior work experience with government or donor agencies or the private sector on ICT or agriculture projects.
- Projects must be based in ACP or EU countries. If they are from non-ACP, they must demonstrate the involvement of individuals or organizations from the ACP in the activity or the relevance of the project to ACP countries.
- Proposed project should be innovative and well-articulated with potential to benefit a large number of people in ACP countries and be replicated.
- Preference is given to regional projects (combining at least three countries) while national innovative proposals illustrating good potential for replication or scale-up may also be selected.
- Young people aged between 18 and 35 should be the direct beneficiaries of activities implemented. The project can be implemented by organizations led by people who are outside the youth age range.
- At least 10% Co-funding is required; higher co-funding shares are encouraged.
- Applications must be submitted in English or French language
Note: Applications must reach CTA via email by the deadline.
For more information, please visit CTA Youth Call for Proposal.