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Apply for 2019 Maize Youth Innovators Awards – Africa

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MAIZE Youth Innovators Awards for young African researchers in agribusiness is on! Deadline is March 15, 2019.

The Call for Nominees for the 2019 Maize Youth Innovators Awards – Africa is open. Are you young women and men below 35 years of age who are implementing innovations in African maize-based agri-food systems, including research-for-development, seed systems, and agribusiness?

The aim of the awards

These awards are part of the efforts that the CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE) is undertaking to promote youth participation in maize-based agri-food systems. The awards aim to identify young innovators who can serve to inspire other young people to get involved in maize-based agri-food systems. This is also aimed at creating a platform to allow young innovators from around the world to network and share their experiences.

Eligibility

These awards recognize the contributions of young women and men below 35 years of age who are implementing innovations in African maize-based agri-food systems, including research-for-development, seed systems, agribusiness, and sustainable intensification.

Benefits

The award recipients will be given the opportunity to attend the annual Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) project meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, May 7-9 where they will receive their awards and will be given the chance to present their work. The project meeting and award ceremony will also present an opportunity for these young innovators to network with MAIZE researchers and partners, and exchange experiences. Award recipients may also get the opportunity to collaborate with MAIZE and its partner scientists in Africa on implementing or furthering their innovations.

MAIZE invites young innovators to apply and CGIAR researchers and partners to nominate

Categories

MAIZE invites young innovators to apply and CGIAR researchers and partners to nominate eligible applicants for any of the following three categories:

Researcher: Maize research-for-development (in any discipline)

Farmer: Maize farming systems in Africa

Change agent: Maize value chains (i.e., extension agents, input and service suppliers, transformation agents).

Selection criteria

Nominators/applicants are asked to take into account the following criteria and related questions:

Novelty and Innovative Spirit: To which specific novel findings or innovation(s) has this young person contributed to? (in any of the three categories mentioned above)

Present/Potential Impact: What is the present/potential benefit or impact of the innovation(s) in maize-based agri-food systems?

The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2019

For more information, visit MAIZE Website 

Visit this Application form to apply.

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