Parm Stories Challenge 2023

The Parm Stories challenge invites entries from journalists all over Africa for its 2023 challenge. Smallholder farmers provide one-third of the world’s food, despite the many dangers they face every day. Building their resilience is essential for improving their livelihoods and ensuring food security for these farming role models.

After the success of the PARM Art Challenge, the Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM) is launching the global campaign “PARM Stories Challenge” with media professionals, as part of the celebration of the #WorldFoodDay and the International #RuralWomenDay.

Host: PARM
Open to: Africans
Target: Journalists
Deadline: November 18, 2023

About the Parm Stories Challenge

The challenge consists of producing a high-quality video story that portrays
rural farmers’ self-resilience to agricultural risks and showcases how this could be strengthened in order to increase their productivity and sustainable agri-food systems, contributing to the achievement of sustainable development goals 1, 2, 5, and 15.

The challenge is run in collaboration with Africa 21, a network that connects about 700 African journalists from 40 different nations with knowledge of development issues and a forum for dialogue between media professionals and academics. The network, which was established in 2011, aims to improve awareness of sustainable development in Africa, particularly from the perspective of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.

Eligibility Criteria

To enter the Parm Stories Challenge, you must:

  • Be a journalist or a media professional (including freelance) specializing in agricultural issues in the African continent;
  • Be proficient in English or French.
  • Be available to travel to any African country for a field mission or an international event.


The jury will pre-select 10 finalists from which the three best video story producers will be selected at the end of the deliberations as the final winners of the competition. The final winners will be ranked from 1st to 3rd place.

The 10 finalists will be rewarded as follows:

  • The first winning video producer will visit one or more PARM/IFAD operational countries to gain direct experience of the projects and activities of the United Nations in agricultural risk management and will be able to produce an additional video with PARM/IFAD direct beneficiaries.
  • The next two winning video producers, along with the first-place winner, will participate in an international conference to present their videos, which will also be promoted across PARM, FARM-D, and Africa 21 institutional platforms.
  • The last seven finalists will receive certificates of participation which recognize them as finalists of an international challenge and will have their names and profiles featured in the challenge communication materials.

Application Procedure

Interested and qualified candidates can apply here.

For more information, visit the Parm Stories Challenge

By Bello

Ismail Bello is a content creator and enthusiast who is passionate about youth development.