The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) together with its partners has launched a video contest to showcase farmers’ resiliency and ingenuity as we highlight their innovative solutions, strategies, and success stories in their fight against climate change. Titled “Advancing Climate Resiliency through Farmers’ Organizations and Cooperatives”, the contest seek to inspire and empower other farmers to adopt climate-smart practices and raise awareness among policymakers, researchers, and the general public about the farmers’ actions toward climate resiliency and sustainable agricultural practices to address the global climate crisis.
Eligibility/Who Can Join
This contest is open to all farmers, fishers, indigenous peoples, forest users, herders, pastoralists, etc., of all ages and gender that are a member of farmers’ organizations or cooperatives supported by the following programmes:
- APFP-FO4A and ARISE programmes implemented by the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and La Via Campesina (LVC)
- FO4A programme implemented by the AgriCord
- PIRAS programme (Pacific Islands Rural and Agriculture Stimulus Facility) implemented by the PIFON
Participants can enter the contest individually or as a group/team.
Make a video that shows farming practices demonstrating a clear connection to climate change adaptation and /or mitigation. The video can contain any or all of the following elements/topics:
Farmer Profiles: Feature small-scale farmers, women farmers, and indigenous communities and highlight their unique challenges, local climate impacts, and innovative adaptations they have implemented.
Innovative Farming Techniques: Showcase sustainable farming practices, such as agroecology, agroforestry, conservation agriculture, precision farming, organic farming, circular economy, and water-efficient irrigation systems. Emphasize how these techniques contribute to climate resilience and enhanced productivity.
Climate-Resilient Technologies: Introduce cutting-edge technologies, such as weather forecasting apps, drone-based crop monitoring, soil sensors, and climate-resilient crop varieties. Explain how these technologies empower farmers to make informed decisions and adapt to changing climatic conditions.
Community Resilience: Explore community-driven initiatives, cooperative farming models, and knowledge-sharing platforms that facilitate collaboration among farmers. Highlight success stories of collective action in adapting to climate change. (Emergency response or quick response during disasters by FOs (e.g. evacuation plan, food relief, etc.)
Climate Financing: Discuss financial mechanisms and support programs available for farmers to access funding for climate-resilient infrastructure, equipment, and capacity-building initiatives.
Policy and Advocacy: Examine the role of governments, NGOs, and international organizations in creating supportive policy frameworks, incentivizing sustainable agriculture practices, and integrating farmers’ knowledge into climate change adaptation strategies.
Participants can send their entries under any of the following categories:
- Farm level – focusing on the efforts of individual farmers on the farm level
- Farmers Organization level – features the actions of FOs/cooperatives on how they service their members, what their programs are, etc.
- The video should have a minimum duration of 1 minute and a maximum duration of 3 minutes.
- Participants may use any video recording device (DSLR camera, video camera, or smartphone) or software of their choice.
- The video must be in a standard video format (e.g., MP4, AVI, MOV) and should be of high quality (at least 720p resolution).
- Any spoken language in the video should include subtitles in English (if the spoken language is in the participant’s native language).
- Participants must fill out the entry form (link to be shared by AFA)
- Participants must submit their video file to firstname.lastname@example.org. The video must be accompanied by a title, a brief description (200-300 words), and the participant’s/team’s name(s), and organization.
- There is no limit to the number of videos to be submitted from each country.
- The submission deadline is on 15 October 2023.
Entries will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Good practices in climate adaptation and mitigation
- Farmers/Farmers Organizations/Cooperatives as solution providers
- Involvement of women and youth in the initiative
- Social Media Votes(YouTube and Facebook) – The number of likes and subscribers garnered on YouTube and Facebook. (Applicable only for the special award)
An expert panel comprising representatives from the agriculture, climate change, and sustainability sectors will evaluate the entries. The panel will assess the submissions based on the established evaluation criteria. (TBC)
Prizes and Recognition
Participants will receive certificates and/or trophies. All video entries will be featured in promotional materials, publications, and public exhibitions to gain recognition and visibility.
Winners will receive the following cash prizes:
Grand Winner – USD 500
First Runner-Up – USD 300
Second 2nd Runner-Up – USD 200
Social Media Favorite – USD 100
*Winners will claim their cash prize after submitting a farm or agribusiness plan.
(Note: This article is originally published in AFA website)