Call for Articles-Supporting and Scaling Youth Agripreneurship in Kenya

Posted on July 9, 2020 by

Deadline: 25 July 2020

I. Project background and focus

The Youth Economic Empowerment through Agribusiness in Kenya (Vijabiz) Project is jointly implemented by CTA and USTADI Foundation in Nakuru and Kilifi counties in Kenya.

It is largely funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) (with co-fundingby both CTA and USTADI) to contribute to addressing unemployment issues faced by youth in agriculture in Kenya.

Therefore, the Vijabiz project is aimed at creating sustainable employment for the rural youth in Kenya through active engagement in agribusiness for wealth creation and poverty reduction.

II.  The Call

1. Objective

Within the framework of the Youth Economic Empowerment through Agribusiness in Kenya (Vijabiz) project, the implementers, CTA and USTADI aim to produce an analytical document on rural youth agribusiness that will be a source of evidence-based knowledge for youth in agriculture, or doing agribusiness and also for organisations or entities implementing or supporting youth agribusiness in Kenya, and other Africa countries.

Specifically, the document is meant to:

  • Map the key themes (e.g. access to finance, business mentorship, ICTs and social media for agribusiness, market linkages and access, etc) that effectively shape-up and enhance rural youth agribusiness in Kenya;
  • Systematically analyse each theme by identifying and documenting the Processes & strategies or elements involved, including highlighting the specific barriers and catalysts (enabling environment) for their functionality and effectiveness.

2. Thematic focus of articles

Each article should focus on or cover at least one of the following themes:

  • Access to finance for youth agribusiness
  • Business mentorship for young agripreneurs
  •  ICT and social media for youth agribusiness
  • Market linkages and access for rural young agripreneurs
  • Access to knowledge or information and education
  • Access to land for youth agriculture & agribusiness
  • Policy support for youth agripreneurship
  • Climate change and youth agripreneurship
  • Young women and agribusiness

Articles focusing on Nakuru and Kilifi counties are highly recommended, however articles can be related to Kenya as whole or to any other county in Kenya.

3. Specifications for articles

Each article should conform to the following specifications:

  • Original article developed from the implementation of a project on youth in agriculture & agribusiness or be an analytical article from individual research.
  • If the article is from a project/programme implementation, there should be a clear linkage to the project/programme and the organisation/entity that implemented it.
  • If it is an analytical article from an independent individual research, the article should include a list of references (that will indicate the documents/papers cited or used in producing the article). Papers or documents to be used for the research must be from (and published by) trusted organisations/institutions/agencies or published by a recognised journal.
  • A clear methodology on how the information was gathered.
  • Range from a minimum of 3,000 to a maximum of 5,000 words, corresponding to6 to 10 pages. The article may include graphs/diagrams/figures, tables or an annex, and this will not count as part of the word limit.

III. Eligibility

  • Applicant can be an individual (student, researcher, or other professional) or an organization implementing or that have implemented project(s) on youth in agriculture or agribusiness;
  • Applicant (for an organization, the designated writer) should have at least a Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to the context of this assignment (e.g. agribusiness, development or business studies, communication, education, or any relevant social science discipline).
  • At least 3 (three) years’ experience in producing analytical documents (technical report, development articles, or university research, etc.) in fields related to agribusiness or rural youth business.

Women, researchers, organizations implementing youth projects as well as students doing research are encouraged to apply.

IV. Benefits

Each proposed article selected, fully developed and submitted will be rewarded with USD 1,000.

V. Key evaluation criteria

  • The quality and usefulness of the 200-word article summary
  • Academic qualification of the writer
  • Experience in developing, reviewing and, or publishing reports & research articles on development projects, youth-led businesses, etc.
  • Demonstration of a clear understanding of the Terms of Reference for this assignment.
  • References (links or pdf documents) to some similar work done.

VI.  How to submit proposals?

Interested organisations & entities or individual applicants should please submit a proposal that includes:

  • A brief summary or abstract of the proposed article, including a clear methodology (200 words max); also the theme to which the article falls should be specified;
  • Updated CV of the designated writer (for organisations) or the individual researcher; links to similar writing work or research articles previously published should be provided;
  • Applicants whose proposals are selected will be informed in the first week of August and have one month to fully develop their articles.

Proposals should be submitted to the following addresses: [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected]

Please follow this link to download the full call for articles with the detailed terms of reference. 

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