Tuesday, September 19, 2006
CALL FOR ARTICLES: Writing Contest for young post graduate and PhD students (a+rd)
The German/English magazine entwicklung & laendlicher raum (e+lr)/agriculture & rural development (a+rd) invites young post graduate and PhD students to enter an article-writing contest focusing on 8 topical issues in the field of agriculture and rural development.
The 7 most outstanding papers will be published in the 1-2007 edition of e+lr and rewarded with € 400. The winning articles will be selected by a jury of scientists, practitioners, and journalists.
Young authors are asked to
- present their own innovative ideas on one of the WDR 2008 topics listed below;
- describe or propose trend-setting best practices in the context of these topics;
- write their articles in a journalistic rather than a "scientific" style.
The overarching question to be addressed is: "What agricultural policies do we need to reach the poor (MDG 1)?"
Young authors can choose between eight topics:
- Agricultural price and market policies, subsidies and the WTO system; (How can the poor also benefit from this system?);
- A new structure of value-added chains (the shifting demand to high value products);
- A new institutional architecture (producer organizations, financial services, risk and disaster management etc.);
- The new role of the private sector - where are potentials and limits?
- Harnessing modern science & technology for pro-poor growth;
- Agriculture - preserving natural resources such as land and water (MDG 7);
- New approaches for marginal and food-insecure areas;
- The future of the "family farm" in view of emerging transformation processes (globalization, supermarkets, small farm vs. agri-business).
The World Development Report (WDR) is the annual flagship of the World Bank and a guide to the economic, social, and environmental state of the world. It provides an in- depth review of a specific theme deemed to be important and topical within the current development agenda. WDR 2008 will focus on agriculture and development.
Articles are to be written in English. Articles should not exceed 16 000 characters - spaces included. Each article should start with a short 5-line leader and be structured by subheadings. Deadline for submission: 6 October 2006