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Farmers’ soil practices video Contest 

Participate in the farmer's soil practices Video contest of the International Year of Soils 2015


Soils are in danger, more than ever. Due to the expansion of urban areas, deforestation and/or unsustainable and inappropriate soil management techniques this valuable resource is becoming progressively degraded, polluted or unusable. The soils of our planet are under high pressure from human activities. Soil as a non-renewable resource is however crucial for food production and wasting it is counterproductive. Now is the time to adapt to improved sustainable soil management practices and help us to save our most precious resource for food production.

Within this context, The International Year of Soils and FAO are calling for your contribution to the

Farmers’ soil practices video contest from 15th September to 19th October 2015

The central theme of the contest is:

“Farmers’ sustainable soil management practices for boosting healthy soils”

Are you enthusiastic about sustainable soil management practices? Are you a smallholder farmer or an agricultural service provider who works directly with farmers on soil management issues? Are you an organization which generates practical knowledge in collaboration with farmers or an individual researcher investigating the topic?

You are invited to shoot a video and share sustainable soil management practices which are being used in your community and have positive impacts on the health of your soil.


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is an agency of the United Nations specializing in the sectors of food and agriculture, with the ultimate goal of eradicating hunger. FAO’s mandate is to improve nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, raise the standard of living in rural populations and contribute to global economic growth. The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils and FAO has been nominated to implement this event in collaboration with internal departments and external partners.

Throughout the world, farmers have already been successfully applying innovative and/or traditional practices in response to the soil degradation they are facing. These practices are a potential solution for safeguarding local food production systems.

TECA (Technology and Practice for Small Agricultural Producers) is FAO's free online knowledge platform through which validated and good quality agricultural technologies and practices are collected and shared in an easy language understandable for rural users, especially smallholder farmers and those providing services to them. TECA aims at making information available to contribute to a better management of smallholder agricultural systems, in order to adapt to climate change and improve rural families' livelihoods

TECA offers agricultural practices and technologies that have been tested by farmers in the field and which concern agriculture, fishery & aquaculture, beekeeping, forestry, livestock and crop production, natural resource management and agricultural mechanization. This information is provided in an easy format and non-scientific language in English, French and Spanish.

Who can participate?

Do you know about an interesting sustainable soil management practice that effectively improves soil health?   Maybe it’s time to document its positive impacts on the environment and on the land use.

Farmers and people working with them are invited to share the agricultural technologies and practices they have developed in order to boost soil health and that have shown positive and sustainable results through video. The purpose of the video contest is to offer farmers the opportunity to share locally developed solutions to improve soil health and to document and share these practices with people around the world through the TECA Platform.

We especially encourage all smallholder producers who are directly involved in the proposed practice to take part in this contest: the video should be produced for, with and by people involved in smallholder production.

Women farmers or women farmer groups or associations are especially encouraged to apply!

Partners or relations of partner staff of the institutions involved in the launch of this video contest and relations of the judging committee are not eligible to compete (for further information, see the contest’s rules and regulations).


  • No submission fees are needed to participate in this contest.
  • The ideal length of the video is 2.5 minutes,  video should not exceed 5 minutes in length.
  • The image quality must be in High Definition (HD) or in Standard Definition (SD). Both are common image quality standards, which are usually provided in cameras and smartphones after the year 2000.
  • Each participant can only submit one entry. The video must be the original work of the participant.
  • Videos have to be submitted in English, French or Spanish.
  • The language used in the video should be easy to understand for everyone (please, no complex scientific language). If another language other than English, French or Spanish is spoken in the video it should be translate. We recommend to translate it either by yourself or another person (voice over) or in form of subtitles (if technically feasible). Specific meanings of words and sentences of local languages or slangs should be explained in French, English or Spanish.
  • Subtitles, if used, should be placed within the lower third of the picture (video frame) and in white color over a black bar.
  • Each video must focus on the theme of the contest: “Farmers’ sustainable soil management practices for boosting healthy soils”.
  • The video may include a title screen which includes:
  • Principal producer’s name (single person, association, etc.);
  • Country and area or region where the video was made;
  • Title of video;
  • Total running time;
  • Audio and video footage credits.
  • All videos must be submitted in digital form using the .MOV, .MPEG4, .MP4, .AVI., .WMV format.
  • The size of the video MUST NOT exceed a size of 350 MB for upload! If your Video exceeds 350 MB, you can compress it for free here!
  • If a title screen is used, it shall be no longer than 10 seconds and these 10 seconds will be included in the total lenght of the video.
  • Add 1 second of black between the title screen and the beginning of the video. 

In order to help you to develop the video, please find below some advice:

  • The context in which the practice is applied should be briefly described in the video.
  • We recommend a clear step-by-step description of the application of the practice that is described in the video.
  • The positive impacts of the soil management practice on soil health and on the environment should be explained.
  • Videos should be issue-driven, not promotional.
  • No explicit logos, URLs, telephone numbers, or calls that solicit directly for monetary donations should be included in the video.
  • Dialogues must be comprehensible and easily hearable - if possible use a good microphone and a quiet room to record interviews.
  • The footage should be stable as much as possible – videos should not contain constant unstable movements and adjustments. Any visual effects should be well- executed.
  • Persons must be identified with titles, where possible.
  • Any on-screen text must be grammatically correct and free from spelling mistakes.
  • Do not use any material under copyright (footage, still photography, music, text, audio) without prior permission.
  • Videos must have been shot with the permission of any easily identifiable people appearing in the video.
  • Videos must have been shot with the permission of the parent or legal guardians of any identifiable children appear in the video.

If you require information on how to make your video, please look at these examples (not related to the theme of this contest) of short videos published on TECA that present agricultural practices about “How to prune a mango tree” (by clicking HERE) and about “How to defeat the mealy bug of papaya tree” (by clicking HERE).

All the submitted videos will be judged by a jury appointed for this contest, according to pre-determined criteria, on a non-discriminatory basis. The videos will not only be evaluated on the video/filming skills but also on the clearness and technical validity of the shown practices.


The contest will award the following three prizes:

1st prize:              3 000 USD

2nd prize:              2 000 USD

3rd prize:              1 000 USD

All the participants of the contest will be awarded with a book/publication.

The videos will be evaluated on (1) creativity aspects, i.e. how well the practice is described (step by step description), (2) on the technical validity of the practice and (3) on aesthetic aspects (filming skills)

Note!: Prizes are not cumulative, each participant can win only one prize!

The winning videos will be promoted and broadcasted through FAO social media and partners’ channels.

All authors of videos presenting a relevant and valuable technical content will be contacted by the FAO-TECA Team and will have the opportunity to develop, in collaboration with the TECA team, the practice into a publication to be included and promoted through the TECA Knowledge base.

Submission and deadline

The Application period  has been closed!

Notification of winners

The winners will be notified on Monday 26 October 2015 via phone or e-mail.  In order to ensure the payment of the eventual prizes, winners MUST provide a valid bank account, so that FAO is able to transfer the awards to the winners.

More information

1.     Rules and regulations downloaded here (Rules and regulations.pdf)

2.    International Year of Soil 2015: 

3.    Tips for film making:


Event date: 
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 to Monday, October 19, 2015
Contact email: