Rural Inspiration Awards (RIA) 2022: The Future is Youth

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Successful stories can inspire more people to replicate similar initiatives elsewhere and unlock the potential of the EAFRD/EAGF to help rural areas meet the wide range of economic, environmental and social challenges of the 21st century. For this to happen, though, key information about the projects has to be collected and shared effectively.

The theme of this year's Rural Inspiration Awards (RIA) 2022 is 'The Future is Youth' inspired jointly by 2022 being the European Year of Youth, the long-term vision for rural areas, and the Rural Pact, developed by the European Commission. RIA 2022 seeks to promote the importance of European youth to build a better future – greener, resilient, more socially inclusive, innovative, and digital. 

In this edition, we received 111 entries from 24 Member States for the four thematic categories: Green Futures, Digital Futures, Resilient Futures, and Socially Inclusive & Innovative Futures. Our experts nominated 24 shortlisted projects. Now, the jury will select a winner per thematic category, but you decide the Popular Award winner. Find out more about all nominees below and vote now for the most inspiring project!


Green Futures: Projects or initiatives addressing or mitigating climate change, demonstrating sustainability and contributing to the green recovery which signal or demonstrate a step change or a more widely transferrable approach.

Digital Futures: Projects which show a sustainable approach which advances the benefits of digitalisation in farming and rural communities, whether about improving digital and broadband infrastructure, provision of digital services, uptake of new technology or in improving digital skills or knowledge.

Resilient Futures: Projects which demonstrate their contribution to strengthening the resilience of Rural Europe. This category can cover a wide range of community, value chain and business initiatives including the broader definition of sustainable and future-proof projects.


Socially Inclusive & Innovative Futures: Projects which demonstrate the ability to address social aspects in an innovative manner that contribute to the inclusiveness of rural society and support rural entrepreneurs.

Popular Vote: In addition to the thematic categories, a Popular Vote Award will be awarded and decided via an online voting system.

Main purpose of the competition

  • To increase the visibility of agriculture and rural development  
  • To demonstrate innovative solutions affecting rural communities
  • To recognise projects that involve young people (under 40 years old) in rural areas 
  • To promote knowledge exchange and networking among rural stakeholders by presenting best practice examples 

The jury decides the winners for the four thematic categories, but you decide the winner of the Popular Vote Award. The online voting is open until 4 October 2022 at noon (CET time). Vote now for your favourite project!

The Award Ceremony will be held on 6 October 2022 at 9:30 (CET time), as part of the EU CAP Network Launch in Brussels.  

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