The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is looking for short videos that feature enterprising youth who ventured into profitable agribusiness in a contest themed “Amplifying Voices of Youth Agripreneurs.” The deadline of submission is extended until January 15, 2023.

The video entries should feature success stories of youth who engaged in agricultural or social entrepreneurship. They can focus on agricultural production as well as on other ventures along the value chain.

SEARCA Director Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio said the video entries can be about agribusiness ventures on crop, poultry, and livestock farming as well as aquaculture; crop health and protection; hydroponics or urban farming; food processing; transport, distribution, storage or logistics; research and development; digital or technology solutions or services, including mechanization, automation, and robotics; waste management or recycling; renewable energy or environmental services; and agritourism.

“It can also showcase learning and mentoring of youth agripreneurs or interactions of youth with older agripreneurs and farmers and other youth,” Dr. Gregorio said.

He added that the videos may also show the agribusiness process from sourcing, harvesting, and processing of agricultural produce to marketing agricultural products, using ICT in managing the agribusiness, and engaging with customers, farmers, and other agripreneurs.

“The entries should tell the story behind the business idea, the journey of starting the business, the challenges faced, and the lessons learned,” Dr. Gregorio explained.

At 1-3 minutes, the video entries should present the impacts of the agribusiness venture on its stakeholders, which can be the youth’s family, farmers, and the community.

Furthermore, the videos must not only be about the youth, but also created by young Filipinos or other Southeast Asians. As such, the contest is open to youth agripreneurs (ages 15-35) from the Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.

The first prize is $1,000, while the second and third prizes are $700 and $400, respectively. A prize of $200 awaits the entry with the most Facebook likes.