Application Deadline:May 1, 2016
Submit your innovative technology ideas to boost regional food security for a chance to join other young leaders on a weeklong training in Singapore and to participate in a study tour to the United States!
More than 600 million people living in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) states are awaiting your innovative ideas to boost regional food security. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is calling on young visionaries, like you, to help in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) World of Food Innovation Challenge!
So let your imagination take flight in helping us tackle some of the region’s most daunting food security challenges! The YSEALI Innovation Challenge will consider innovative technology solutions that are most likely to have a positive impact on agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries.
- Multi-disciplinary teams of students (e.g. students in agriculture, business, computer science, engineering, and food science) who are currently enrolled in a post-secondary technical vocational education and training (TVET) institution or university in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
- Teams must be limited to three members.
- Diversity of team members, including a balance of male and female members, is strongly encouraged.
- An instructor or faculty member must agree in writing to provide guidance and mentorship to support the team throughout the duration of the Innovation Challenge.
- Students must be YSEALI members, ages 18-35 years old, and must be a citizen of one of the participating countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam).
- Sustainably manage and reduce waste and loss in the aquaculture and fisheries sectors over the next 10 – 20 years;
- Increase labor productivity and/or yields in the agriculture sector over the next 10-20 years.
- Increase adaptation capabilities of Southeast Asian food producers to the effects of climate change;
- Demonstrate an understanding of businesses’ needs in the selected area; and
- Are low cost, practical, can be fabricated in country and can be maintained/repaired locally.
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