The Global Agricultural Forum (GFAR) in collaboration with CGIAR and the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) have issued a call for proposals by young agricultural entrepreneurs across the globe to apply for the Youth Agripreneurs Project (YAP). This is a pilot project that will provide seed funding in the form of US$5000 grant to enable young ‘agripreneurs’ to start up their project.

 

The best ten young agripreneurs submitting proposals will also be invited to attend the 3rd Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (#GCARD3) global event in Johannesburg, South Africa from 5-8 April 2016. The young agripreneurs will have a chance to participate in the conference panel discussions and benefit from mentoring and training to help make their project a success.

Applicants should submit proposals related to the agriculture supply chain: input (seeds or fertilizer, tools etc.) or production (crops, livestock, fisheries, forestry, agroforestry, etc.), value-added services (such as processing or storage, etc.), market access, and so forth. The projects must be practical, realistic, hands-on, self-sustainable and demonstrate least tangible outputs within one year that have a direct impact on rural areas.

Projects run by a group, an organization, institute or a small company (with an annual turnover of less than US$50,000) are also accepted.

Online submission is open until March 11, 2016 (midnight CET). Each person can submit two proposals.

For more details visit the GFAR website.