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ACP Media Competition on ICTs for Agriculture

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) in collaboration with its national, regional, and international partners has launched the "2013 African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Media Competition on Information and Communications Technologies for Agriculture (ICT4ag)."The competition is open to ACP journalists working for print and online media. It is aimed 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 of the role of new technologies in agricultural transformation.The journalists are required to submit original unpublished articles with concrete examples, which correspond to one of the three areas below:
  • 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
The competition is being held in conjunction with the International Conference on ICT4ag, which takes place from November 4-8 2013 in Kigali, Rwanda, co-hosted by CTA and the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI). 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the event.Deadline Date: August 15, 2013Application Info: Interested journalists are invited to send in one original unpublished article in English or French to mediaprize@ict4ag.cta.int, copying mikenga@cta.intClick here for more information and entry guidelines.Main evaluation criteria for the unpublished articles are the following:
  1. "Good understanding of challenges and opportunities of ICTs in agriculture
  2. Originality of topic/approach
  3. Quality of structure 
  4. Quality of language (engaging writing style, good spelling and grammar, etc.) 
  5. Depth of analysis
  6. Relevance of examples and testimonies 
  7. Presence of bibliography and/or other relevant references
  8. Respect of the prescribed format of the text"
Type of articles:
  • Analysis paper
  • Field report
  • Opinion pieces
Format:
  • 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
Contact Information: Samuel Mikenga - CTA 
ICT4ag Conference website