AgriEducate Essay Competition

We are very excited to announce that the AgriEducate Essay Competition is back for 2020! Catch up on last year’s winners here.

Agriculture is truly a global industry. In Australia, did you know that there are over 1.6 million people involved in the Australian industry alone? And how about its impact. Norman Borlaug said “you can’t build peace on an empty stomach”, emphasising importance of an industry that feeds us three times a day. So did you know that Australians directly feed around 75 million people, and with our shared knowledge almost 400 million?

And through our essay competition, you could be part of this industry, no matter what your training or interest. You could also take home a $700 share of the $4000 in cash prizes, and connections with leading business and research organisations simply by submitting an essay for the annual AgriEducate Essay Competition.

Entry Guidelines

If you are a tertiary student (18 and over) completing an undergraduate or postgraduate course at an Australian university in the following categories:

  • Science (e.g. agriculture, medicine, life sciences, nutrition)
  • Engineering/IT/Maths
  • Law/Arts/Social Sciences/Extension/Education
  • Economics/Commerce/Business

Select your category, then simply write 1500 words on the question below and submit it by email ( into the relevant category for your degree (contact us if you’re unsure) or into the Open category . Please use the supplied essay competition template and make sure you carefully read our Terms and Conditions for more information.

The Question

Now for the fun part.

The question:

Agriculture and food security around the world is consistently challenged by a range of factors; be they

  • climatic (e.g. droughts. floods),
  • social (e.g. declining rural populations, investment in local infrastructure and services),
  • environmental (e.g. biodiversity, carbon and GHG emissions ),
  • economic (e.g. lack of access to capital, agricultural subsidies in select nations),
  • workforce (e.g. attraction and retention of skilled labour),
  • geopolitical e.g. (trade),
  • technological (e.g. rise of digital agriculture), or
  • consumer and public perception (e.g. animal welfare concerns, acceptance of GMO crops).

Yet the global pandemic has highlighted the importance of agriculture and the food supply chain globally, demonstrating the importance of farmers, agribusiness professionals, researchers and service providers associated with this essential industry. 

In this context, identify one major issue affecting agriculture or food security in your region, and tell us how your discipline could be contributing to overcome this issue

For tips on getting started check out our blog post that will give some information about the challenges faced by agriculture.


For each of the four degree-specific categories there will be first, second and third prize of:

  1. First – $700
  2. Second – $200
  3. Third – $100

All award winners will have the opportunity to expand their network and identify future study or work possibilities with our Career Conversations partner: The Crawford Fund. Each first prize winner will also have the opportunity to connect with the sponsor organisation judging the essay following the conclusion and awarding of prizes.

Key Dates

Entries close 11:59pm (AEST) on the 20th September 2020, no late entries will be accepted. Winners will be announced on the 21st November 2020, on National Agriculture Day.


For application into the prized categories, entrants must be studying an undergraduate or postgraduate course either full or part time at a recognised Australian university as of the closing date for applications, 20th September 2020. For full Terms and Conditions, please read here. All applications, awards and timelines are subject to change without notice at the discretion of AgriEducate.


Science Category Sponsor

Law/Arts/Social Sciences/Extension/Education Category Sponsor

Technology/Engineering/Maths Category Sponsor

Economics/Commerce/Business Sponsor

Career Conversations Partner