Over 400 applications received from across Africa for CARE Grant

Following the announcement for the call for applications on the “Enhancing Capacity to Apply Research Evidence (CARE) in policy for youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities in Africa”, over 400 applications were received from across Africa for the three-year research grant.
The fellowship under the framework of the CARE project funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and implemented by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), targets 30 research fellows annually who are young academics and professionals, and graduate students at the post-course work/research stage of their program.
The fellowship program is part of IFAD and IITA’s approach to contribute to policy development on youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities in Africa. It is designed to provide opportunities for the rural youth by improving the availability and use of evidence for inclusive and “youth-friendly” policies on youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities.
The final selection will be followed by fellows receiving funding, technical support and the expertise of IITA’s socio-economics scientists, skills and competencies in social and economic research, and a network of other fellows with whom to exchange ideas.
The selection which is a closed-review process would produce 30 research fellows who will undergo weeks of mentoring and capacity building by selected mentors in the project.
The research areas fellows will be looking at include impact and evaluation, incentives, markets and institutions, policy engagement, ICT and youth employment, rural dynamics, innovations and scaling up while they will be offered training on areas such as production of research evidence for policy-making, research methodology, data management and scientific writing.
The 30 fellows will be supervised by IITA’s socio-economics scientists in close collaboration with their national/university supervisors.
The “Enhancing Capacity to Apply Research Evidence (CARE) in policy for youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities in Africa” project, is targeting the knowledge gap in understanding factors influencing youth engagement in the rural farm and non-farm economy in Africa.
With results from research to influence policy making, interventions targeting youth self-employment in Africa can have much greater impact by ensuring data and information, evidence, experience and lessons learned are used.
The 3-year program directly contributes to the goal of the IFAD Strategic Framework 2016-2025, and in particular it supports the strategic objectives of increasing poor rural people’s benefits from market participation aiming at improving the engagement of poor rural people in markets and increasing poor rural people’s productive capacities.

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