The Innovation Award for Women Farmers, aims to highlight the contributions women make towards rural development, forestry and farming. First Introduced in 2010 and it is now launching its sixth edition.
The award is an opportunity to showcase the many innovative approaches women take in finding new solutions to the challenges faced in rural areas.
Women have a key role
Now more than ever, rural women have a key role to play in the development and preservation of vibrant rural areas. Through their engagement in local associations, municipal councils, farms and cooperatives, women are rural keystones.
Women are contributing
Despite this lower number, women are contributing to the development of social farming but also to further evolution of agricultural models. A number of great and groundbreaking projects are carried out by women farmers each years across the EU.
of Europeans live in rural areas
of that population are women
of farms in the EU are family run
of the total EU farm managers are women
Inspire new vocations
At Copa-Cogeca we are proud of the Award and we want to promote it widely in order to inspire and create new vocations: EU agriculture is facing key economic, environmental and social challenges and we need all brilliant minds, both men and women to overcome them in the coming years. We can’t foresee a strong rural Europe without including a strong agriculture women component!
This year’s edition of the Copa-Cogeca’s Innovation Award for Women Farmers is entitled “Women Farmers in the driver’s seat of climate innovation”. By implementing novel solutions, women take an active role in the fight against climate change whether we consider adaption or mitigation measures.
Check out the rules before applying. It should only take you few minutes of your time.
3 reasons to apply
After 5 Editions of this award, the feedbacks we received from the participants are always positive: it is worth applying and even if you do not win, you learn from other projects, from women farmers, from across the EU. However if we had to give you 3 reasons why applying, here they are:
INSPIRE AND GET INSPIRED
Inspire and get inspired by women farmers like you that have decided to start their entrepreneurial journey in one of the EU27 member states.
If you figure among the 5 shortlisted, you will get visibility for your project at the highest European political level and benefit from a professional promotional video presenting your initiative.
WIN THE PRIZE
For the first time in 2020, thought our partnership with Corteva, the winner of the award will receive a cash prize of 10.000€, while the Jury's favourite will receive a cash prize of 5000€.
Who could apply?
Applicant must be:
Only active women farmers are eligible to apply the Award.
Of a farming or cooperative organisations represented within Copa and Cogeca.
Responsible for the entrepreneurial activity eligible for the award.
How the competition is organised?
All received applications shall be opened and their eligibility evaluated by the Organising Committee.
All eligible applications are analysed by the Organising Committee which draws up a shortlist of the 5 best applications.
The 5 best applications are then sent to the Jury.
After thoughtful analysis and deliberation the Jury selects the winning project. Additionally, a prize for special achievement may be given by the Jury.
The award winner is revealed at the ceremony in the European Parliament.
Take few minutes to learn more about the rules related to the application of the 6th Edition of the Women Innovation Awards