Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Updated - CTA Media Competitio​n on ICTs for Agricultur​e

Hello again!!

I received a very interesting email this morning. Thought of posting it on here for y'all to check it out. Give it a thought, brainstorm & start writing away... 

This is a good opportunity for your voice to be heard on your thoughts of "ICTs for Agriculture". 

Good luck!! 

Media Statement
CTA announces ACP media competition on ICTs for agriculture

[Wageningen, The Netherlands, 15 April 2013] – The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) in collaboration with its national, regional and international partners is delighted to announce the launch of the 2013 African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) media competition on Information and Communications Technologies for Agriculture (ICT4ag). 

Open to ACP journalists working for print and online media, the competition aims to encourage media to investigate challenges and opportunities for involving use of ICTs in agriculture, showcase success stories and best practices that can be replicated and raise awareness on the important role of these new technologies in agricultural transformation. 

The competition is being held in conjunction with the International Conference on ICT4ag, which will take place from 4 – 8 November 2013 in Kigali, Rwanda. The top six finalists will be supported to attend the conference and provide media coverage. The top three winners will be selected on the basis of an original article they will produce during the event. Competitors are invited to discuss one of the three following topics:

  • Enabling environment for the agricultural sector to maximise the benefits from ICTs
  • Gender mainstreaming through ICTs for efficient/effective agricultural activities
  • Use of ICTs to boost access to markets and facilitate agribusiness 

Interested journalists are invited to send in one original unpublished article in English or French to, copying  by 15 August 2013.  The guidelines of the competition are available at

Competition Guidelines for ACP Journalists, 2013

Several prizes to be won!

Co-hosted by CTA and the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and supported by an impressive array of international organisations, the international conference ICT4ag offers participants the opportunity to discover exciting opportunities and cutting edge technologies. Representing the public and private sector in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific and further afield, delegates will discuss how increased investment and adoption of ICTs in the agricultural sector will contribute to improved value chains as well as more effective advocacy and policy processes in agricultural and rural development. In addition, they will share ideas and knowledge, discuss new approaches, best practices and experiences. Issues related to ICT trends and their impact on agriculture, capacity building, enabling environments, scaling up and sustainability will also be discussed. For more information, see: .

The competition is aimed to encourage ACP journalists working for ACP print and online media to investigate the challenges and opportunities for ICT contribution to agriculture and showcase success stories, best practices as well as challenges and opportunities. 

Focus areas: The journalists are required to submit original unpublished articles with concrete examples, which correspond to one of the three areas below: 

  1. Enabling environment for the agricultural sector to maximise the benefits from ICTs
  2. Gender mainstreaming through ICTs for efficient/effective agricultural activities
  3. Use of ICTs to boost access to markets and facilitate agribusiness
a.            Good understanding of challenges and opportunities of ICTs in agriculture
b.            Originality of topic/approach
c.            Quality of structure 
d.            Quality of language (engaging writing style, good spelling and grammar, etc.) 
e.            Depth of analysis
f.             Relevance of examples and testimonies 
g.            Presence of bibliography and/or other relevant references
h.            Respect of the prescribed format of the text  

The competition is open to journalists who are nationals of ACP countries working for print or online media

Type of articles:  you can chose one of the following types
  • Analysis paper: 
  • Field report
  • Opinion pieces
  •  In English or French language·         
  • Number of words: between 1,200 and 1,500.            
  •  Font : Arial;             
  • Size of characters : 11             
  • Line spacing: 1.5 
  • Document in MS Word           
  •  Inclusion of original infographics is allowed    
  •  Additional document required: one page biography of the author 
Your article in English or French language must reach the organizers by 15 August 2013 to be considered for inclusion in the conference. Applicants can submit their entry in French or English to with a copy to .  

Note:We do not accept audio or video entries, nor question and answer type of text. 

An international panel of judges from the media will review and score submitted articles and make recommendations to CTA.  

The top six finalists will be announced in September, 2013. The six finalists will be fully supported to attend the international conference on ICT4ag in Kigali, Rwanda. They will also each receive Euro 1,000 (one thousand) prize. During the conference, the six finalists will be asked to write an original article based on one topic discussed during the conference, taking into account expert opinions case studies and arguments. 
The top three “Winners” will be announced during the international conference on ICT4ag. They will be selected based on the above mentioned criteria. The overall “Winner” – 1st place, will receive an additional Euro 1000. The second place winner will receive an additional Euro 500. The third place winner will receive an additional Euro 300. The top 3 “Winners” will also receive CTA trophies and book prizes. 
 The prize giving event will take place on 7 November 2013 in Kigali, Rwanda, during the International Conference on ICT4ag. More information on the contest will be available at

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation reserves the right to disqualify any entry if it does not meet the present guidelines;
  • By entering, participants warrant that their entry materials are original and unpublished, and do not infringe on any third party's rights;
  • Entry to the contest constitutes an agreement to allow CTA to make, if necessary, articles, name, occupation and state of residence of applicants, public; 
  • In addition it constitutes an agreement to allow CTA to publish the articles and infographics in its print and online publications and in the framework of promotional activities. Applicants will retain copyright and all other rights to future use of their articles and infographics;
  • CTA will not be obliged to return submitted articles to their authors;
  • All local taxes and fees on awards and prizes are the sole responsibility of the winner;
  • If, for any reason, the competition is not completed as planned, CTA reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend it;
  • The decisions made by the panel of judges and CTA are final and beyond dispute;
  • All participants in this competition implicitly accept the guidelines presented in this document.
Media Contact:
Samuel Mikenga
Tel: +31 317 467 101

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