Application Deadline: July 20, 2023


The 2023 Youth Hackathon for Green Low-Carbon Agriculture (#YouthforGLCA) aims to bring forth the creativity and problem-solving nature of young people to provide solutions for global agricultural green development, as well as agricultural carbon emissions reduction and carbon sequestration by adopting innovative and inclusive methods with the sense of “New Technology, New Pattern, and New Service.” To promote and advocate sustainable and green agriculture, all young people are encouraged to contribute wisdom and solutions towards a green low-carbon agriculture society, by the given deadline.

This is a joint effort of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) China Office, the Department of International Cooperation of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), the Center for International Agricultural Research of CAAS, and the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD).


• A generous cash prize and a certificate provided by the FAO and CAAS.

• Comprehensive experience of an independent innovation and entrepreneurship activity along with partners who share the same values.

• Networking with other teams, UN agencies, CAAS, and partners in the field for future collaboration.

• Feedback and support from industry experts and mentors and gaining valuable insight and ideas on strategic thinking on sustainable agriculture and carbon mitigation under the new paradigm.

• Inspiring workspace where perspectives from different cultural backgrounds are welcomed.

• Referral to pursuing educational opportunities for graduate or Ph.D. degrees in CAAS, and preferential access to internships within the Center for International Agricultural Research (CIAR).

Eligibility Criteria:

• Open to all young professionals across the world
• Teams of 2–5 members of any Nationality with ages between 18 – 40 years
• An ideal team should have the following professional background or competencies: (i) Practice/experience related to sustainable agriculture, especially carbon mitigation, (ii) Information technology/software engineering/data engineering, (iii) Project management, and (v) Marketing/New Media Communications.

Projects and proposals will be assessed according to the following criteria:

• Creativity and innovation
• Possibility of landing and scalability
• Sustainability
• Business model
• Use of open data
• Technical difficulties
• Design and user experience
• The effects when applied or demonstrated

Important Timelines:

• 20 July – 20 August: Preliminary selection

• 20 August – Public shortlisting

• 4th Week August – 1st Week September: Training Session (Online)

• 3rd Week of October – Final Competition (Online)

• 4th Week of October – Award Ceremony (Onsite, China)


Please complete the application as a team, and send the requested materials to (cc to with the title “Submission: 2023 Youth Hackathon Competition” by 20 July 2023, 23:59 (GMT+8, Beijing Time).

For more information about the application process, click HERE

By Elorm Hermann

I'm on a mission to disrupt mindsets and explore answers to questions others are afraid to even ask.

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