The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is currently embarking on a strategic shift into the next phase of its institutional evolution through an on-going rebranding and repositioning exercise aimed at strengthening its visibility, impact and delivery of its mandate. In this regard, FARA will be organizing a ‘Celebrating FARA’ event intended to recognize and appreciate the dedicated efforts of the Secretariat and its constituent forum members in strengthening African agricultural information, knowledge and innovation systems, and above all, in the recognition of Africa’s scientific achievers.
The celebrations will take place at the Birch Wood Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa from 26th to 28th November 2014. To enhance this event, FARA is holding an essay competition for students of agriculture programmes in African tertiary institutions.
Topic: The Role of Agricultural Innovation in Creating Food Security in Africa
Format: 500-word count
Language: English and French
Age Eligibility: 15 to 30 years old
Opening Date: October 9, 2014
Closing Date: October 30, 2014
Selection of Winners: November 6
Prizes: Prizes will be awarded to the winning student and their educational institution – $1,000 to the student and an award certificate for the school. Both the student and a representative of the school will be flown to South Africa for FARA’s celebratory event in November where the awards will be presented.
Entrants must be full-time students in an African tertiary institution including Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education. This competition is not open to students of African origin studying outside the African continent.
To qualify, entrants are required to apply here: http://bit.ly/faraessay
For updates on the competition, entrants are advised to follow the hashtag #FARAEssay on Facebook and Twitter.
Essays will be shortlisted by public voting on Facebook and the final selection will be made by a panel of experts selected by FARA