Theme: Youth in sustainable food consumption and waste management

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, SEARCA through its banner youth engagement initiative, Young Forces for Agricultural Innovation (#Y4AGRI), launched the 2020 Youth COVIDEO Contest to showcase young people's local food production practices at home, in school, or in the community. The pioneering activity reflected youth actions to grow food to sustain the basic food needs of their family and community, augment their livelihoods, and to manage anxiety brought by the global health crisis.

For its second installment, the 2021 Youth COVIDEO Contest focuses on sustainable food consumption and food waste management stories and advocacies of young individuals in Southeast Asia in relation to the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) that calls for global actions to transform food systems, including how food is produced, consumed, and disposed. Within the context of the prevailing pandemic, the Youth COVIDeo Contest aims to gather youth solutions and actions on sustainable food consumption and food waste management, and how it is linked to a sustainable agri-food system. It offers an opportunity for Southeast Asian youth to share their stories and advocacies in an informative and creative video that highlights young people's role in transforming the agri-food system.


  • Open to youth aged 15-35 years old from any Southeast Asian country.

  • Entrants may include students, researchers, agri-entrepreneurs, young professionals, out-of-school youth or youth organizations composed mainly of young people.

Video Content

This year's theme is Youth in sustainable food consumption and waste management.

Video entries must answer the general question: How can young people contribute to sustainable food consumption and food waste management?

Contestants may talk about their personal experience, practice or advocacy relating to a healthier diet, responsibly consuming food, or properly managing food waste, particularly during the pandemic.

Entries may discuss food consumption and waste management practices at the household, community, or business settings where young people are engaged.

Desired entries are those that can showcase youth solutions or actions that can relate it to a sustainable agri-food system, such as its socio-economic and environmental impact.

Contestants are encouraged to make their videos informative yet creative and engaging.

Video Types and Format

  • Contestants are free to create different video types, such as vlog, music video, demo/tutorial, film, documentary, or animation.

  • Duration must be between 1-3 minutes only.

  • Video frame size must be at least 720p while the video format must be MP4, MOV, or WMV.

  • The video must use the English language or their local language with English subtitles.

  • Terms and conditions apply. An entry must be original and has not been submitted to any video contests. Any music or graphics that will be used in the video must be royalty free. Entries must also ensure that individuals, especially children, have informed consent to participate in the video.

Submission of Entries


Deadline of submission of entries is extended to 3 October 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (GMT +8:00).


To submit an entry, contestants must fill out the online submission form, upload their entry via cloud storage (e.g., Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive) and paste the shareable/downloadable link in the form.


By submitting an entry, participants grant SEARCA full permission to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry in any media at any time or use it for research and publication purposes.

Screening and Announcement

  • Criteria for judging:

    Content 40%
    Creativity 40%
    Video quality 20%
    TOTAL 100%
  • At least 10 entries will be shortlisted and uploaded to the SEARCA #Y4AGRI Facebook Page for the Popularity Award (most reactions). Winners will be announced during the celebration of the World Food Day on 16 October 2021.


  • Submission of entries
    Extended to 3 October

  • Uploading of finalists
    8 October

  • Announcement of winners
    16 October


USD 500

First Prize

USD 350

Second Prize

USD 150

Third Prize

USD 100

Popularity Award
(Most Facebook Reactions)