Deadline Approaches For Essay Contest On Africa Food Security

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WASHINGTON, D.C.? The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), the nation’s leading nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community, reminded contestants of the upcoming deadline to submit their entries to the Africa Rural Connect (ARC) essay contest with World Policy Journal.

Essays identifying innovative solutions to the problem of food insecurity in the rural regions of Africa must be submitted by July 31 to be eligible. ARC is an NPCA program, which brings people together from around the world to discuss rural Africa’s greatest challenges.


“The deadline is approaching fast, but contestants still have about three weeks left to submit their entries,” said Molly Mattessich, manager of online initiatives for the National Peace Corps Association who leads the Africa Rural Connect program. “We know there are many forward-looking perspectives out there on improving food security in Africa and we want to hear them.”

A notable and distinguished panel of judges will decide on the winner. This select panel includes Dr. Hans Herren, recipient of the 1995 World Food Prize and president and CEO of Millennium Institute USA; Ferial Haffajee, editor-in-chief of City Press,South Africa’s leading national Sunday newspaper; David A. Andelman, editor of World Policy Journal and a former New York Timesand CBS News correspondent; Emmy Simmons, former assistant administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development and independent consultant; and Roger Thurow, former foreign correspondent with the Wall Street Journal and senior fellow on global agriculture and food policy with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

An edited version of the winning essay will be published in the fall issue of World Policy Journal. Runners up will appear on the websites of World Policy Journal ( and NPCA ( The judging panel will select the top essay suggesting a unique initiative that African governments, private organizations, or individuals in the international community can implement to improve food security in rural Africa. Contest entries must be an 800- to 1,200-word essay in English using Associated Press style. The contest will run until July 31 and the winning essay will be announced by Aug. 30.

“We expect to read a lot of original and fresh ideas in these essays,” adds Mattessich. “The judging panel is looking for novel perspectives that will help shape a new way of thinking about improving one of rural Africa’s greatest challenges in the years to come.”

To submit your entry and learn more about the contest, visit:

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