Association of Nepalese Agricultural Professionals of Americas (NAPA)
Student Coordination Committee (SCC)

Writing Contest


NAPA-Student Coordination Committee is pleased to announce 2018 college and university students' essay writing contest. A full time student enrolled in a college including community or vocational college, and/or university around the globe pursuing a degree in agricultural or related field is eligible to participate.

Essay Topic: Global Food Security through Agricultural Transformation

General guidelines:

  • The essay should be written in English language.
  • The essay must be author’s own work and should attest it by inserting a statement followed by his/her name.
  • The essay should follow a standard academic essay structure and format including an introduction, body of supporting arguments and a conclusion.
  • The essay can be developed based on student’s own experience, online research, and literature review.
  • The essay will be disqualified for the competition if any evidence of plagiarism is established. The committee is strict against plagiarism and advise each candidate to avoid engaging in such plagiarism.
  • The essay should not exceed 3,000 words, excluding footnotes, tables, figures and references, and should be formatted double-spaced.
  • The essay should have author’s name, affiliated university, degree program, mailing address, and email with a proof of student’s status e.g. ID card or unofficial transcript.
  • A pdf copy of the essay can be submitted electronically via email at  The deadline for submission is March 12, 2018.
  • Only one essay can be submitted per contestant.
  • The results will be announced by April 20, 2018.
  • The first, second and third place winners will be awarded plaques and cash prizes of $300.00, $200.00 and $100.00 respectively at NAPA Biennial Conference on May 26-27, 2018 at Biltmore Hotel, 401 S. Meridian Ave., Oklahoma City OK, 73108 USA. Therefore, winners are encouraged to be present at the award distribution ceremony.

If you have any questions/concerns, please contact Chair, 2018 Student Writing Contest Sub-committee, Dr. Bharat Pokharel at


1 Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural/Resource/Production Economics, Agricultural Education and Extension, Agricultural Sciences and Technology Studies, Agronomy, Animal Science, Fisheries, Rural Social Sciences, Gender and Agriculture, Migration, Remittances and Agriculture, Rural Livelihoods, Food and Nutrition Sciences, Food Security, Forestry and Agro-forestry, Horticulture, Plant Protection, Research Methods and Agricultural Statistics, Sustainable Agriculture, Natural Resources, and other related disciplines

2 By submitting this essay, I hereby attest that this is my own work and I have given the permission to NAPA to review and publish all or part of the essay in their newsletters/proceedings/website. It applies whether or not I win the NAPA's 2018 essay competition.

Student Essay Writing Contest 2018

List of the evaluators List of reviewers
  • Bharat Pokharel, PhD
  • Chair, Student Writing Contest
  • Lila K. Khatiwada, PhD
  • Chair, Judging Committee
  • Bhawani Mishra, PhD
  • Member
  • Gandhi R Bhattarai, PhD
  • Romy Das Karna, PhD
  • Diwakar Dahal, PhD
  • Mukti Ghimire, PhD
  • Kishor K. Bhattarai, PhD