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INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND AGRIBUSINESS MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION


INTERNATIONAL ESSAY COMPETITION

HELP US TACKLE ONE OF THE TOUGHEST AGRIFOOD ISSUES
FACING SMALLHOLDER FARMERS

Undergrads, graduates, and early career professionals are invited to compete in the International Essay Competition.

IFAMA’s annual signature event, the global Student Case Competition is pivoting to a competitive Essay Competition this year because the pandemic. We had cancelled our 2020 annual conference and Student Case Competition in the Netherlands.

However, while you are sheltering in place, we want you to take our essay challenge and use it to showcase your talent and ingenuity.

The global pandemic is creating enormous disruptions in the global food supply chain. Meanwhile, issues of climate change, poverty, urbanization, and increasing consumer demand for safer, healthier and more sustainable food production is further pressing all agrifood sectors to change.

Unleash your creativity, showcase your ingenuity and contribute to the solution!

    The Format

      Who: Students: undergraduates, graduates, and early career professionals are invited to write an essay containing your vision and opinion on the issue "Food for the Future." You are encouraged to provide a solution and present it in an inspiring and creative way.

      THE ESSAY QUESTION:  

      "How can the sustainability, productivity, and market access of smallholder sugar cane farmers be improved?"

          • Why is there an urgency to address these issues for smallholder farmers?
          • How will solving these challenges benefit them?  If your solution was implemented, what would the future look like for smallholder sugarcane farmers?
          • What stands in the way of executing your plan?
          • What short-term action steps are needed to achieve your goal? What longer-term actions are required?

        Length: Maximum 2,000 words.

        Number of participants: Competitors can submit essays independently or in a team of up to 4 students or early career professionals.

        Illustration: You may add a royalty-free illustration to reflect the mood of the essay.

        Video: Authors/teams of the top 20 essays will then be invited to produce a 5-minute video, which pitches their idea.

        Jury: An international team of researchers, entrepreneurs and policy makers will jury the essay competition.

        Presentation:
        The top
        finalists will be invited to a final round to present their essay online before a panel of judges.

        Prizes: The winners will receive awards.

        Publication: The top 20 essays and the winners will be published in a special online publication “Food for the Future” essay collection on IFAMA’s websites.

        What’s an essay?

        An argumentative, informative and stimulating plea. As a writer you dare to give a strong and well-argued opinion on social, ecological, technical and economic issues.

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