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Welcoming the new YPARD Belgium communications focal point Ángela Patricia Guerrero Castillo

We are delighted to welcome the incoming YPARD Belgium communications focal point: Ángela Patricia Guerrero Castillo.

 Ángela is a graduate with a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito and a Bachelor in Mechatronic Engineering from Universidad de San Buenaventura in Bogotá, Colombia. Currently, Ángela is a Ph.D. student in Precision Agriculture at Ghent University in Ghent, Belgium.

Ángela has been working on variable rate nitrogen fertilization by using cutting – edge technology with the aim to reduce environmental impacts while maintaining yield. Along these years working in agriculture, Ángela has focused her research in the automation of processes, the use of new technology for agricultural activities and the development of algorithms that improve quality in soil and crop properties measurement. Ángela started to work in the field of precision agriculture, using UAVs to capture photographs, used to generate orthomosaics, rebuild the terrain of the crop, and calculate vegetation indexes to make decisions about the crop. She has experience in fining-tune the UAVs, programming flight paths, taking photographs, calculating photographic parameters and processing images for analysis specifically on potato crops.

At the account of joining YPARD as a country representative, this is what Ángela had to say; “I have always been aware that our world is our home and that everything we do must be directed towards its preservation. In my life, my main goal has been to help people by using mechatronic devices in order to improve their quality of life. Over the years I have realized that agriculture is one of the most important human activities and that we must pay close attention to it in order for it to be sustainable. Being part of YPARD motivates me to continue working for the sustainability of activities within agriculture. It is important to have a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment that generates innovation and contributes to progress. I stress the importance of having a broad network of contacts to achieve impacts on our society and overall to realize that together we are more”.

If you are from or based in Belgium, and want to get involved in YPARD Belgium activities, please contact Ángela via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Welcoming the new YPARD Belgium representative: Michael Ruggeri

We are delighted to welcome the YPARD Belgium Country Representative Michael Ruggeri.

 Michael holds a master’s degree in Rural and Agricultural Development from the University of East Anglia, preceded by another master’s degree in Environment and International Development from “La Sapienza” University.

Among other things, Michael has recently collaborated with FAO on the preparation of the State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture report, launched in February 2019. Before that, Michael had the chance to conduct a small piece of research in South Africa, in collaboration with the African and Climate Development Initiative, on the impact of climate change on food, energy and water resources in selected communities in the Cape province. 

As part of his dissertation research project, Michael also had the chance to study the impact of sustainable intensification on deforestation rates in an agriculture-forest frontier landscape in Zimbabwe under different scenarios. This required the use of modeling software, such as InVEST, which sparked his interest in scenario-building for evidence-based rural development planning and strategy definition. 

Over his studies and his working experiences, Michael also matured and nurtured other interests in several agriculture-related subjects, such as climate-smart agriculture, conservation agriculture, biodiversity conservation (ex-situ and in-situ), participatory rural development and much more. 

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Enough talk, let´s act - engaging youth in agriculture

For the past few years, YPARD and its partner organizations have conducted a series of activities to support young people in agriculture.

Our mission is to enable and empower young agricultural leaders shaping sustainable food systems. To achieve this we have our members at heart, who are encouraged to become active voices for the youth in their respective fields and organizations and further, facilitate an exchange of ideas.

This year, we wanted to go beyond, shifting the discussions from “youth: this is what we want from you” to “How can we support youth’s visions for them to take charge and contribute to a more sustainable agricultural future”.

On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, a few hours before the 2019 Tropentag conference officially started at the University of Kassel, Germany. YPARD in collaboration with Agrinatura carried out a pre-conference workshop. The workshop brought together over thirty conference attendees comprised of students, researchers, young agricultural professionals, and other stakeholders to discuss what actions the youth can take to contribute to the improvement of the agricultural sector for future generations and how youth-based organizations such as YPARD and Agrinatura can contribute more to this issue.

Only the youth knows what the youth wants

This interactive session started with a brief presentation of YPARD and Agrinatura and an icebreaker where participants got to learn about each other and the five keywords that best describe them. Through this, we wanted to create an environment of comfort and trust where participants felt free to share their thoughts, views, and vision(s) and to let us know how youth-based organizations can do more to support sustainable agricultural development.

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Welcoming the new YPARD Azerbaijan communications focal point Ramil Azmammadov

We are delighted to welcome the incoming YPARD Azerbaijan communications focal point Ramil Azmammadov

Ramil studied a BA in Agriculture Management and MA in Management of Production Systems at Azerbaijan State Agriculture University. While he studied MA in Management of Production Systems, he received a scholarship from the Hungarian Republic and FAO to study a second master's degree in Hungary. In 2012 Ramil graduated from the MSc in “Rural Development and Agribusiness” at Szent Istvan University (SZIE) in Hungary.

In the same year, after graduation, Ramil established a trading company in Hungary and started to import organic pomegranate juices from Azerbaijan. Within two years, he successfully introduced his products to market chains and luxury restaurants in Hungary.

Since 2015, after he returned to Azerbaijan he has been working with the biggest agricultural projects in Azerbaijan. The projects cover area is changing from 1500 ha to 45000 ha. He is responsible for implementing modern technologies (precision agriculture) in farms, supporting farms in the region like selecting farming machines, seeds, pesticides, and irrigation systems for particular fields and R&D.

He frequently attends international training courses all around the world to widen his knowledge and experience on Agribusiness. Ramil has attended training courses on topics such as Agribusiness: Innovation and Efficiency (SABIT, The US), Agricultural Engineering Technologies (MASHAV, Israel), Economic Cooperation in Agriculture (GIZ, Germany) and Agricultural Development and Policy (ICLPST, Taiwan)

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YPARD representation at the EFARD management team

In a bid to ensure a diverse representation of young people in various executive meetings and committees YPARD has nominated Kristina Kuznetsova as the new YPARD Representative in the European Forum on Agricultural Research for Development (EFARD) management team.

What is the European Forum on Agricultural Research for Development (EFARD)?

EFARD is an umbrella network of European research and non- research stakeholders from the public and private European organisations and the European Commission. It aims to strengthen her contribution in poverty alleviation, food security, and sustainable development in developing countries by providing a platform for strategic dialogue among European stakeholders in order to promote research partnerships between European and Southern research communities. EFARD follows the principles of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and contributes to GFAR’s Global Plan of Action, in partnership with the other GFAR regional fora.

The EFARD management team is made up of 5-6 persons; the Chair, Vice-Chair and Executive Secretary and 2-3 other members representing a broad range of stakeholder groups and national fora of member countries. Aligning with the same mission, YPARD has been represented in the EFARD management team for several years. The first YPARD representative was André Stucki a member of YPARD Switzerland and later Rahel Wyss, YPARD Switzerland country representative. And now we are delighted in having Kristina, YPARD Ukraine country representative carry on with YPARD’s work with EFARD.

More about Kristina and her role in the EFARD management team

Kristina is a young agricultural entrepreneur and consultant who has been working in the agricultural field for 8 years. She holds a Master’s degree in International Horticulture and has graduated with honors from the University of Bologna, Italy. She has been with YPARD as the Ukraine country representative for the past 5 years. Currently, she is an M&E team lead working at MEDA as Monitoring, Evaluation and Marketing Manager in the Ukrainian Horticulture Business Development Project, which is supported by the Government of Canada and implemented by MEDA. The project aims to increase revenues of 44000 fruit and vegetable smallholder producers in the south of Ukraine and connect them to markets.

Think Kristina is great? Well, in addition to all that is mentioned above she is also the co-founder of an open data knowledge platform greenval.org that allows Ukrainian farmers to select the most appropriate fertilizers, pesticides and production schemes. The platform was awarded 500 000 UAH at Ukrainian Open Data Competition. Prior to these activities, she has also been a Managing Director of Datalab Agro Ukraine, a Swiss company that developed and implemented farm management systems. Kristina is an Alumni of the World food systems Center (WFSC) and Norwegian-Ukrainian Young Entrepreneurs (NUCC YE) Program. Kristina’s professional interests are in bringing research and innovations to the field and farmers, projects related to AgTech, product development, and marketing.

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Welcoming YPARD Brazil country representative: Marina Demaria Venâncio

we are delighted to welcome Marina Demaria Venâncio as the new Country Representative for Brazil!

Marina is currently doing her Ph.D. in ecological and human rights at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Florianópolis, Brazil). She holds a master’s degree in environmental law and a bachelor’s degree in law from the same university and has attended courses and programs on topics such as sustainable food systems (ETH Zurich), climate change (University of Exeter), and transdisciplinary research (ISOE). Her research is focused on the interconnection between agroecology and the human right to food and on inter-disciplinary issues such as rural development policy, climate change, sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity, and sustainability. She is also a lawyer and is currently doing a consultancy for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Her focus in rural development dates back to 2012 when she started researching the interconnection between law and agroecology under a Brazilian scholarship scheme aimed at bachelor students. According to her, agroecology is a fascinating field of study and has a great potential to promote relevant transformations in the food systems. In Latin America, agroecology can be understood as a science that studies the design of sustainable food systems, which also translates into social movement and practices. In this context, it contributes to cross-sectoral and multiscale action, being youth significant players in leading these transformations. Of note, Marina was awarded the Green Talents 2016, from the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, thanks to her research on agroecological public policies.

Furthermore, she has been volunteering on several interdisciplinary research projects and organizations in the field of sustainability and food. Marina is delighted and honoured with the opportunity to join the Brazilian chapter as a Country Representative: “I believe that younger generations - especially young farmers, students, researchers, and professionals - have an important role to play in addressing the socio-ecological problems that affect food systems, bringing new perspectives to the debates and advancing the sustainability agenda. I am eager to be part of a platform such as YPARD and contribute to connecting-like minded individuals, engaging young people, promoting their meaningful participation in multilateral processes, and putting into action cool projects. Together, I am certain we can promote transformative changes in food systems.”

Also, Marina is keen to continue the good work of Gustavo Togeiro de Alckmin, the former representative for YPARD Brazil. We express our gratitude to Gustavo for the time invested in the Country Chapter!

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Welcoming YPARD Azerbaijan country representative: Parviz Yusifov

We are delighted to welcome the new YPARD Azerbaijan country representative Parviz Yusifov.

Parviz received his high school education in Lekchiplaq village, in Goycay. As a newly independent state, the strategy of Azerbaijan was to develop the oil and gas sector to receive fast revenues, but it resulted in disregard towards agriculture and the environment. It was the driving factor for Parviz to pursue higher education in environmental and agricultural studies. He studied BA in “Environmental Protection and Efficient Use of Natural Resources” at Ganja State University and pursued an MA in Environmental Engineering at Azerbaijan State Agrarian University in Ganja. 

Whilst continuing his MA, he was awarded a scholarship from the Hungarian Republic and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to study the second MA in Agricultural Engineering in Georgikon Faculty at Pannonia University in Keszthely, Hungary. Therefore, Parviz took two “leave years” from his first MA to study abroad, which earned him new skills and knowledge. In 2011, Parviz spent one semester as an Erasmus student to study “Sustainable Development” at Malardelen University in Vasteras, Sweden. In 2012 he successfully completed his MA in Hungary, whereas upon return to Azerbaijan he graduated from his preceding MA in Environmental Engineering in 2013. Hence, he has accomplished two Master’s Degrees. 

Parviz started his professional career with “Az-Granata” LLC in 2012 when he returned to Azerbaijan from his studies abroad. In 2012, despite a high level of oil revenues, not enough attention was being paid to agriculture due to structural and institutional problems countrywide. Parviz’s interest in agriculture sector allowed him to start working as Agricultural Engineer in one of the biggest agricultural projects at the time to assist with the adaptation of agriculture that had received almost no care for twenty years. In addition, the agriculture sector was far from modern agricultural technology, best practices, and know-how. 

The lack of stability in oil and gas prices in the world market has led Azerbaijan, as other countries whose economy is based on the oil sector, to focus more attention on agriculture in 2015 for the development of the non-oil sector. Thus, currently, many agricultural projects are being implemented in Azerbaijan. At the moment, Parviz is the Head of the Garden Operation Department at one of the largest horticulture projects in Azerbaijan. His main focus area is the study of agricultural innovations in the world, the analysis of compliance with local conditions, assisting local experts in familiarizing themselves with innovations and application in the field. 

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YPARD Serbia media highlight – spreading the news

For a year now, YPARD Serbia has been trying to promote its achievements through web and TV media. That led us to many partnerships and support by young farmers and associations. By the end of April, we got a call from “eKapija” reporter, a very followed web portal in Serbia, to have an interview about YPARD Serbia and young farmers in Serbia.

With pointed questions from reporter Aleksandra Keki?, I'm giving you parts of the published text.

"YPARD helps young students to advance their knowledge about agriculture but also helps young farmers to find resources and information. Each country has its YPARD representative, and for Serbia, that's Julijana El Omari, who lives on a farm herself, in Orašac"

As she jokingly puts it, she accidentally became a YPARD country representative. Since she is an agricultural journalist, the former country representative had read her texts about young farmers and contact her through social networks and offer her a new country representative place. As she said, since she grew up on a farm, working on a field, stall or garden wasn't a mystery for her, neither problems young and older farmers face trough agricultural production.

-Unfortunately, because of the whole situation, not many young people see their future in farm living or even in Serbia. Because of that, I wanted to contribute to the idea that young naturally belong to the village, that agriculture lives and prosper with them and that we all have to realize that food production with environmental care is our greatest mission, sad El Omari for eKapija.

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Welcoming the new YPARD France communications focal point: Isaline Réguer

We are delighted to welcome the new YPARD France communications focal point:  Isaline Réguer

Isaline is pursuing a Master’s degree in Agronomy in Bordeaux Sciences Agro, in France. She is specializing in Territorial Economy and Agricultural Development. Her goal is to work with a holistic approach to enhance and strengthen agricultural practices and policies better for the environment and for human well-being.

Last year, Isaline did a 6-month internship in a research centre specialized in territorial socio-economy. Through interviews with agricultural stakeholders of the region “Aquitaine” (France), she had to find the territorial resources which facilitate the development of short food supply chains. She also realized a typology on these territorial resources in order to better understand the levers of their development. The general study of this research centre aims at providing advice to local decision-makers to enhance sustainable local development. “I enjoyed this experience because it allowed me to be in contact with different stakeholders while working in a multi-disciplinary environment (agronomy, public policies, nutrition, social studies, …). This internship made me realize that I like applied research and that it is essential to adopt a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to resolve new agricultural challenges”.

During this school year, Isaline is pursuing a gap year. She decided to use this time to learn “on the ground”. First, she built with a friend an International Solidarity Project with the NGO “Engineer Without Borders” (EWB). This project aimed at understanding the concept of Food Sovereignty thanks to interviews of agricultural stakeholders in Colombia. The purpose of this project is to create a popular education tool to sensitize people on the Colombian culture and on the concept of Food Sovereignty. Thus, she is working on the development of a board game, which could be easily disseminated in associative networks; this game could be a useful tool for associations to create popular training on Food Sovereignty.

During the second part of her gap year, Isaline had the chance to be enrolled as an intern in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. She is working in the Biodiversity Mainstreaming Platform. “This is a chance for me to be an intern in the FAO. I learned a lot about the functioning of this organization, and how international projects can enhance biodiversity for food and agriculture”.

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Reinforcing partnerships and the way forward - YPARD, AGRINATURA, and the SIMPLE project

On January 9 and 10, 2019, The AGRINATURA board members met at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague in the building of Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences to discuss future steps towards sustainable agriculture.

The Agrinatura Association is a grouping of European universities and research organizations with a common interest in supporting the development of agriculture in a sustainable way and in order to improve the lives of farmers.

YPARD was represented within this board meeting by Dr. Libuška Valešová, YPARD Europe Coordinator, who presented the platform to all participants and gave updates on YPARD’s latest activities. Due to the global engagement of YPARD, most of the AGRINATURA representatives were very familiar with the mission of the platform. However, we provided information on specific issues on request, such as YPARD structure, its management and briefly presented the main points of the new YPARD Strategic Plan 2018 - 2021.

Also present at the AGRINATURA board members meeting was Dr. Petra Chaloupková, the SIMPLE Project Manager who also gave updates on the activities carried out by this project and its ongoing collaboration with YPARD and AGRINATURA.

The SIMPLE project is a three years project (terminating in 2019) co-funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union and coordinated by CULS. It aims at supporting the collaboration of the academic sector (Higher Education) and the private sphere in the field of agriculture and life sciences disciplines. Since the project is coordinated by Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences of CULS, the SIMPLE project targets its activities in selected South-East Asian countries - Cambodia, Indonesia, and Thailand.

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YPARD at Tropentag 2018 - Sharing information and connecting early career scientist

On Sunday, September 16th, 2018, YPARD implemented its interactive workshop at the Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Research in Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development - TROPENTAG.

This years workshop was organized at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Campus Coupure in the University of Ghent, Belgium and was held as a part of the pre-conference activities. The objective of the workshop was to empower young researchers and professionals dealing with research, by facilitating linkages and transfer of knowledge with high level and experienced scientist, so that they can build the research and action that will give answers to fight against inequalities and shape a better future for all.

Introducing YPARD and ourselves

YPARD is a well-known platform, however it never hurts to ensure that all participants have a clear idea of what YPARD is, who we are and what we do, hence Myriam Perez, gave a brief presentation of YPARD during her opening speech as the workshop facilitator, as well as, setting the agenda for the workshop and sharing the key information needed for the participants to carry out the interactive exercise.

The workshop attendees were mainly students, doctoral students, scientists, extension workers, and practical farmers interested and engaged in agricultural research and rural development in transition and developing countries, as well as fellow YPARD country representatives and active members from Albania, Kosovo, Moldova, Peru and Kenya gathered to share their thoughts about career aspirations and the existing mechanisms that are supporting them on that progression with the objective to enable group dynamics that would lead the workshop session. Each participant was provided with an open space to introduced themselves and to let their voice be heard! The workshop provided a perfect environment for networking and peer to peer learning.

Enabling the discussion - The realities of early career scientists

How do early career scientists progress once they are in the job market? How do we improve the quality of the employment? Myriam reflected on these important topics as the main point in her presentation at the workshop which was one of the main direction of the discussion throughout the event. There is an increasing concern about the situation that the early career professionals face when they have to find a position after their studies.

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Call for applicants - YPARD Belgium country representative

YPARD Belgium is seeking for a young, innovative and fresh spirited professional to take on the role of a Country Representative (CR) and continue its work on youth in agriculture!

Being a CR is a unique opportunity for you to be more active with fellow young professionals in agricultural and related fields in Belgium as well as with the global YPARD network.
As a country representative and in collaboration with a core group, you will have the chance to:

  • Create and coordinate activities that will allow you to work toward improving young people's perception of agriculture in Belgium.
  • Help Young Professionals (YP’s) reach their full potential in agricultural development by being the voice of YPARD and representing the Belgian members of the community at a national and global scale.
  • Work on youth-related issues in agricultural development in Belgium and link these efforts with regional initiatives.
  • Network and maintain relationships or partnerships with stakeholders and other youth organizations in the agricultural and allied sectors.
  • Have a great asset for your CV as YPARD is supported by GFAR, FAO and many other partner organizations.
  • Connect and get to know other CR’s and YP’s - not just at the European level but also globally.
  • Have a link with YPARD partners (see the list of partners HERE).
  • Contribute to the agricultural development in Europe.
  • Travel on behalf of YPARD.

Your assets

  • Willing to work on a volunteer basis (no remuneration available) other than support for your activities and participation at events
  • Between the age of 18 and not over 36-38 years
  • Ideally based in Belgium
  • Familiar with youth and agricultural development issues
  • Strong management, coordination and communication skills
  • Self-motivated and assertive with results orientation

This is a voluntary position that will not interfere with your day to day activities. You will have full support from the YPARD Europe team in Prague (Stacy Hammond as the European Fundraising and Communications officer and Libuška Valešová as the YPARD Europe coordinator).

Interested applicants are encouraged to send a one-page motivation letter and CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with cc to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the reference “YPARD Country Representative” until Tuesday, January 31st, 2019. If you have questions, please contact us at the same e-mail address. We are looking forward to your application!

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Call for applicants - YPARD Austria country representative

YPARD Austria is seeking a young, innovative and fresh spirited professional to take on the role of a Country Representative (CR) and continue its work on youth in agriculture!

Being a CR is a unique opportunity for you to be more active with fellow young professionals in agricultural and related fields in Austria as well as with the global YPARD network.

Application Deadline: March 31st, 2020

As a country representative and in collaboration with a core group, you will have the chance to:

  • Create and coordinate activities that will allow you to work toward improving young people's perception of agriculture in Austria.
  • Help Young Professionals (YP’s) reach their full potential in agricultural development by being the voice of YPARD and representing the Austrian members of the community at a national and global scale.
  • Work on youth-related issues in agricultural development in Austria and link these efforts with regional initiatives.
  • Network and maintain relationships or partnerships with stakeholders and other youth organizations in the agricultural and allied sectors.
  • Have a great asset for your CV as YPARD is supported by GFAR, FAO, and many other partner organizations.
  • Connect and get to know other CR’s and YP’s - not just at the European level but also globally.
  • Have a link with YPARD partners (see the list of partners HERE).
  • Contribute to agricultural development in Europe.
  • Travel on behalf of YPARD.


Your assets

  • Willing to work on a volunteer basis (no remuneration available) other than support for your activities and participation at events
  • Between the age of 18 and not over 36-38 years
  • Ideally based in Austria, we strongly prefer people who have a link to the country, based in the country for long term or originally comes from the country (but still has a link with it)
  • Familiar with youth and agricultural development issues
  • Strong management, coordination and communication skills
  • Self-motivated and assertive with a results orientation

This is a voluntary position that will not interfere with your day to day activities. You will have full support from the YPARD Europe team in Prague (Stacy Hammond as the European Fundraising and Communications officer and Libuška Valešová as the YPARD Europe coordinator).
Interested applicants are encouraged to send a one-page motivation letter and CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with cc to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the reference “YPARD Country Representative” until March 31st, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact us at the same e-mail address. We are looking forward to your application!

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Call for applicants - YPARD Germany country representative

YPARD Germany is seeking for a young, innovative and fresh spirited professional to take on the role of a Country Representative (CR) and continue its work on youth in agriculture!

Being a CR is a unique opportunity for you to be more active with fellow young professionals in agricultural and related fields in Germany as well as with the global YPARD network.

As a country representative and in collaboration with a core group, you will have the chance to:

  • Create and coordinate activities that will allow you to work toward improving young people's perception of agriculture in Germany.
  • Help Young Professionals (YP’s) reach their full potential in agricultural development by being the voice of YPARD and representing the German members of the community at a national and global scale.
  • Work on youth-related issues in agricultural development in Germany and link these efforts with regional initiatives.
  • Network and maintain relationships or partnerships with stakeholders and other youth organizations in the agricultural and allied sectors.
  • Have a great asset for your CV as YPARD is supported by GFAR, FAO and many other partner organizations.
  • Connect and get to know other CR’s and YP’s - not just at the European level but also globally.
  • Have a link with YPARD partners (see the list of partners HERE).
  • Contribute to the agricultural development in Europe.
  • Travel on behalf of YPARD.

Your assets

  • Willing to work on a volunteer basis (no remuneration available) other than support for your activities and participation at events
  • Between the age of 18 and not over 36-38 years
  • Ideally based in Germany, we strongly prefer people who has a link to the country, based in the country for long term or originally comes from the country (but still has a link with it)
  • Familiar with youth and agricultural development issues
  • Strong management, coordination and communication skills
  • Self-motivated and assertive with results orientation

This is a voluntary position that will not interfere with your day to day activities. You will have full support from the YPARD Europe team in Prague (Stacy Hammond as the European Fundraising and Communications officer and Libuška Valešová as the YPARD Europe coordinator).
Interested applicants are encouraged to send a one-page motivation letter and CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with cc to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the reference “YPARD Country Representative” until Tuesday, January 31st, 2019. If you have questions, please contact us at the same e-mail address. We are looking forward to your application!

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Welcoming YPARD France country representative: Margaux Jacob

We are delighted to welcome the new YPARD France representative Margaux Jacob.

Margaux is a graduate from the Faculty of Economics, University of Panthéon-Sorbonne, France with a Licence in Economics. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s Degree in the Paris School of Economics and the Ecole Normale Supérieure. Her studies deal with the elaboration and the evaluation of Public Policies. Within her studies, she decided to link her two favourite subjects: agricultural and public development. Her goal is to work for an international organization to help in the fight of hunger and malnutrition.

Last year, she worked on a modelization project to understand how to improve agricultural efficiency using specific methods of crop rotations. It was a small project to be initiated to agricultural research. she and her team will have to present their project to famous researchers and defend their hypothesis. “ Thanks to my father and his farm, I can make this project more concrete. By his sides, I think about the farm organization to make it more efficient and more respectful of the environment. I also have a course about the benefits and drawbacks of public policies. I have now a critical point of view and it is always important to be nuanced. It is quite difficult to evaluate correctly the effects of public policies and I think it is important that experts exist in this area in the agricultural world”.

During her summer work, Margaux learned to manage an agricultural firm, where she learned that it is important to be aware of the problems and possible solutions. Through her familial environment, she finds the agrarian problematics to be very familiar. She is involved in a specific measure to reduce the emission of chemical substances. Thereby, it is quite natural for her to try and improve agricultural practices. She expresses that she “already have some concrete ideas and it is very enriching to have practical experiences. This makes it possible not to lose foot with the realities of the ground”.

During her upcoming school years, Margaux will continue to increase her knowledge of agricultural economics taking specifics courses. “My education gives me the keys to elaborate on public policies to help farmers take into account new environmental and profitability issues. I will also keep practical contacts with the agricultural world in France, thanks to my father and YPARD. I would like to broaden my horizon talking with people coming from all around the world. I think it is quite enriching and working together helps to improve the world we live in” she expressed.

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Welcoming the YPARD Switzerland representatives: Caroline Otto and Marnie Pannatier

We are delighted to welcome the new YPARD Switzerland representatives Caroline Otto and Marnie Pannatier.

Caroline Otto grew up in the German part Switzerland near Zurich. She completed her MSc in plant molecular biology at ETH Zurich. During her bachelor, she spent an exchange semester in Melbourne, Australia at the University of Melbourne. Whereas the major subjects in her studies were rather centered on molecular biology and fundamental research, lectures focusing on agriculture sparked her interest in the area she is working in at present.

Currently, she is working for the Research & Development team at the Foundation, among other things trying to optimize the multiplication rate of cassava in East Africa.

Starting working with Marnie Pannatier, her awareness and interest in opportunities for young professionals in agriculture were raised.

Marnie Pannatier comes from the French part of Switzerland, Sion and obtained her BSc in business administration from HEC Lausanne and her Master degree in sustainable development from Utrecht University. She spent most of her university time studying in a multitude of countries: Spain, the Netherlands, Austria, India and Colombia. She absolutely enjoys studying and working in multicultural environments.

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TROPENTAG 2018: YPARD call of interest

Each year YPARD partakes in the annual interdisciplinary conference on research in tropical and subtropical agriculture, natural resource management and rural development  “Tropentag” with an interactive workshop.

See details of the previous workshops here,  here and here.

This year Tropentag will be organized by the University of Ghent, Belgium in close cooperation KU Leuven and Antwerp University (both Belgium) and will be held from the 17th - 19th September, 2018. Students, doctoral students, scientists, extension workers, decision-makers, politicians and practical farmers, interested and engaged in agricultural research and rural development in transition and developing countries will gather to share their knowledge on the conference theme “Global food security and food safety: The role of universities”.

Are you going to be present at Tropentag? Come and join us!!

YPARD is also seeking to create a connection with stakeholders and fellow YPARDians who will take part in the conference as well as invites interested YPARDians to let us know if they would like to be on board with the development and organization of its interactive workshop.

  • Is your submitted contribution accepted for Tropentag conference?
  • Will you be present at the event as a participant?
  • Would you like to meet the YPARD team and other fellow YPARDians?
  • While at the same time creating connections with other participants, scientist, extension workers, decision makers, etc?

If yes, let us know! We would love to have you on board and work with you to impart the workshop!

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Call for applicants - YPARD France country representative

YPARD France is seeking for a young, innovative and fresh spirited professional to take on the role of a Country Representative (CR) and continue its work on youth in agriculture!

Since 2012, the YPARD France chapter has been boosting youth's participation in agriculture, food and environmental issues by carrying out awareness work on social media and a consultative mission for higher education institutions on the development of training programs. The awareness activity is focused on three main axes: employability, new trends and evolution of international careers and latest research issues like climate smart agriculture and food systems.

Being a CR is a unique opportunity for you to be more active with fellow young professionals in agricultural and related fields in France as well as with the global YPARD network.

As a country representative and in collaboration with a core-group, you will have the chance to:

  • Create and coordinate activities that will allow you to work towards improving young people's perception of agriculture in France.
  • Help Young Professionals (YP’s) reach their full potential in agricultural development by being the voice of YPARD and representing the French members of the community at a national and global scale.
  • Work on youth related issues in agricultural development in France and link these efforts with regional initiatives.
  • Network and maintain relationships or partnerships with stakeholders and other youth organizations in the agricultural and allied sectors.
  • Have a great asset for your CV as YPARD is supported by GFAR, FAO and many other partner organizations.
  • Connect and get to know other CR’s and YP’s - not just at the European level but also globally.
  • Have a link with YPARD partners (see the list of partners HERE).
  • Contribute to the agricultural development in Europe.
  • Travel on behalf of YPARD.

Your assets

  • Willing to work on a volunteer basis (no remuneration available)
  • Between the age of 18 and not over 36-38 years
  • Ideally based in France
  • Familiar with youth and agricultural development issues
  • Strong management, coordination and communication skills
  • Self-motivated and assertive with results orientation

This is a voluntary position that will not interfere with your day to day activities. You will have full support from the YPARD Europe team in Prague (Stacy Hammond as the European Fundraising and Communications officer and Libuška Valešová as the YPARD Europe coordinator).

Interested applicants are encouraged to send a one page motivation letter and CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with cc to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the reference “YPARD Country Representative” until Tuesday, July 31st, 2018. If you have questions, please contact us on the same e-mail address. We are looking forward to your application.

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Welcoming YPARD Serbia country representative: Julijana El Omari

We are delighted to welcome the new YPARD Serbia country representative Julijana El Omari.

Julijana is a graduate from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad, Serbia with a Bachelor's degree in journalism. In her last investigative journalism exam, in, she made a television video story about the complaints written by farmers after they have been turned down for governments agricultural subsidies making her video story the highest rated in her class. After graduation, she continued making stories about farmers in Serbia, their problems and contribution in agriculture through various media. In October 2015 she took part in the project “Developing/Creating Conservation Strategies for the Eurasian Otter in (Northern) Serbia” as the author of the video about research on otters in Serbia. Additionally, during her work in local TV, she authored a video on land pollution within the confines of the project "Eco-paths in Sumadija". She worked, also, for magazines “Nova ekonomija“ and "Biznis and Finansije" where she wrote about obstacles Serbian farmers face in a agriculture, especially when it comes to young farmers. Currently, she works as an agricultural journalist for two web portals about agriculture “Agroklub” and “Agromedia”, as one of the most rated authors.

Since agriculture is one of the most important branches of the Serbian economy and the number of young farmers in Serbia is increasing, she created a blog “mladiuagraru.blogspot.rs”, where she writes about problems of young farmers, agricultural foundations and subsidies, positive stories about young people in farming, ecologically safe production, entrepreneurship as well articles on finding markets where farmers can sell their products or firm which they can cooperate with.

“Working as an agricultural journalist, I found some very interesting things; young farmers were more careful and more productive in their farming than elders. They are more committed to making their products and environment safe ensuring where they are growing plants is ecologically clean. Also, when young farmers are starting their own production, first they start with small outputs, but with all necessary equipment for reducing the risk of flooding, drought, and frost. Why? I think it’s because they want to make agricultural production sure as well as their future working place, and are not focused only on making easy money for a short while”, said Julijana.

On being asked why she decided to join YPARD as country representative, Julijana says she realizes that now she can help more Serbian young farmers and not just Serbia, but young farmers worldwide. She says;

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Meat consumption as a challenge: evidence from data and policies

Francesca Allievi - The President of the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN) Alumni Association and researcher at the BCFN Foundation, shares with us details on her inspiring PhD research topic on meat consumption and its effect on our environmental resources through an interview conducted by Stacy Hammond - the YPARD Europe Communications and Fundraising officer.

Enjoy the interview below:

Stacy: Can you give a brief description of yourself and the research, its aims/objectives, mission and vision? How did the idea come about?

Francesca: My background is in Environmental and Land Planning Engineering, I got a MSc from Politecnico di Milano in Italy, and I have just defended my PhD in Geography at University of Turku in Finland. I am also a food lover and a newbie farmer, so I am lucky enough to research a topic I am truly passionate about.

My PhD research started with a statistical analysis of meat consumption globally and an investigation of the converging trends in different regions of the world: this puts incredible pressure on environmental resources, which is further underlined in the analysis of the situation of Madre de Dios, an important biodiversity hotspot heavily affected by deforestation driven by meat demand. I wanted to combine this evidence from quantitative data with a policy perspective. The analysis of food policies worldwide revealed how scarce is the attention put on favouring the reduction of meat consumption and I also looked at the untapped potential of academia, both in terms of education and food services offered. The idea was to approach the issue of meat consumption globally from different perspectives and demonstrate that it is a wicked problem, which requires the cooperation of all stakeholders in order to move towards a more sustainable direction.

Stacy: What were the benefits and importance of the research? What did you seek to achieve?

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