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What about this "Showcase"?

Young Professionals' Showcase Room is a space where portraits of Active and Inspirational Young Professionals in Agricultural Development are displayed. You also would like to tell your story? Register and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

What is the purpose of this and what do you gain from it?

YPARD team believes that sharing experience enables:

  • informing on good practices and lessons learned
  • generating thoughts and ideas for optimizing activities
  • inspiring each other for more innovation and entrepreneurship
  • ...and more!

Story captured by Miriam Hird-Younger, as part of the series "Investing in Youth in Agriculture - Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) in Ghana." This Wednesday, this AgEx Venture Leader brings to us the success story of Emmanuel Akotia, a Ghanaian youth champion who led his fellow students through the pilot of the revamped Internal Attachment Program developed by EWB and Kwadaso Agricultural College.

The minute you meet Emmanuel Akotia, who usually goes by 'Emma', you’re struck by his confidence and friendly manner. He’s open and easy going. And if you’re talking about agriculture, Emma has a lot to share. His social media profile picture features him in boots, holding a cutlass, with the quote “I am proud to be a farmer”.

Story captured by Miriam Hird-Younger, as part of the series "Investing in Youth in Agriculture - Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) in Ghana." This Wednesday, this AgEx Venture Leader brings to us the success story of Aliya Lakhani, a Canadian youth champion who participated in the EWB Junior Fellowship program.


Story captured by Miriam Hird-Younger, as part of the series "Investing in Youth in Agriculture - Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) in Ghana." This Wednesday, this AgEx Venture Leader brings to us the success story of Ruth Quaye, a Ghanaian youth champion who participated in the EWB support Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship Project, building her understanding of how to start and run a business.

An FAO and ILO study in 2009 indicates that 40% of all unemployed worldwide are between the ages of 15 and 24. At Ghana’s agricultural colleges, graduates used to be guaranteed jobs with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture as Extension Agents, supporting the country’s farmers. Now, only a small minority are able to access public sector jobs. The rest have to find other means, and it can be discouraging, frustrating and difficult.

Story captured by Miriam Hird-Younger, as part of the series "Investing in Youth in Agriculture - Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) in Ghana." This Wednesday, this AgEx Venture Leader brings to us the success story of Nicholas Onwona, a Ghanaian youth champion who has benefitted from the Internal Attachment Program (IAP) and the Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship Project (A&E Project) of EWB

Nicholas comes from the Eastern Region of Ghana. He is building his skills as a young agriculturalist through his studies at Kwadaso Agricultural College. As this young Ghanaian gets closer to the end of his education, he is aware that building his own skills is not enough, he also wants to inspire his fellow youth to understand the opportunities available in the agricultural sector.

By Enricka Julien, public relations liaison, from Trinidad and Tobago.

I have always been passionate about agriculture and all the activities linked to this industry, which I believe came from growing up in the countryside, particularly during a time when Caroni (1975) Limited –a famous company in Trinidad and Tobago- was still involved in sugar cane manufacturing.

By Mirjana Ribic, agricultural engineer, from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

I graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture at the University in Banja Luka, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development. After completing undergraduate studies my goal was to continue with education and improve my knowledge, so I decided to take a Master in Rural Development. Currently I am on the second and final year of my master. Through these studies I want to disclose challenges hidden in rural development and the possibilities offered by local villages.

By Abhay Kumar, young scientist (Biotechnology), from India

I was introduced to YPARD by Dr. Sridhar Gutam, senior colleague at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (New Delhi), former YPARD India representative, in 2012, through his initiatives and activities for promotion of Open Access in Science and networking with the agricultural students and scientists of National Agricultural Research System, to build a strong network for YPARD India Chapter; and since then, I have been following eagerly the activities and updates on YPARD.

My definition of ‘Professional farming’ is farming with a major purpose, primarily to make a significant income and create some form of self-employment and whoever else is involved in the activities. Today I want to talk about myself, as YPARD Kenya representative who preaches climate smart agriculture in Kenya.

Many would think I do not practice farming, although it's not true. Even though I am employed, I still engage in this practice. This way, I become an inspiration to many young people without job.

My name is Giramahoro Guy Fleury and I’m a 20 year-old Burundian that is in his first year of Business Administration at l’Université Lumière de Bujumbura. Besides this, I am driving a small project of goat farming.

My interest in agriculture started in the beginning of 2013. I was in the secondary school and there is where I noticed that after the studies it wouldn’t be easy to find a job. Therefore, four classmates and I decided to create a club that we named “Youth for Sustainable Progress” in order to begin an entrepreneurship start-up with small projects.

Rafello Khongwar is a 30 years old graduate student from the Indian district of Ri-Bhoi.  Agriculture, vegetables, fruit crops, piggery, poultry and fishery compose his six farming systems. After running his own enterprise for the last four years, he could earn a rich dividend from kharif vegetable cultivation as well as from poultry farming and, as a record, he earned a net profit of 68,935 IRP in seven months (around 1,145 USD) out of the raising of 2,400 birds.

In spite of the unemployment pressure, Rafello did not succumb to it and quite intelligently opted for the farming profession where his father and forefathers did have expertise. However, he didn’t stick to his parental land for developing an integrated farming system; instead, he selected nearly 5 acres of land in a village and finally purchased the land by taking a loan from his relatives.

No one lives without principles; the gift of life would not be worth it if it wasn´t for the highs and lows. I usually say that the story of my life has its roots on the life of my parents, humble people with a great potential. My parents used their life experience, mistakes and faults to raise their family, investing in their future to provide a better life to their children.

I´m son of Jorge Carlos de Medeiros and Maria Aparecida Nogueira de Silva Medeiros, borned in the countryside of Rio Grande do Norte State, Brazil, in a city called Acari. I have an Agricultural Technician degree with the Escola Agrícola of Jundiaí – Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) and I am studying Pharmacy at the same institution.

When I joined the Agriculture and Forestry University for my bachelor, I found YPARD the right platform for similar minded young peers motivated towards agricultural development. My interest of merging ICT in agriculture was fuelled when I got the chance to meet Dinesh Panday, YPARD Nepal Representative, in the University Level Awareness Program which focuses on Technical Knowledge Sharing for Undergraduates and Social media in Agriculture. I was ready to commit my efforts to an agricultural betterment through knowledge, innovation and technology, therefore I chose YPARD.

Working as a Local Representative for YPARD Nepal later, I had the opportunity to get in contact with the YPARD Global Coordination Unit (GCU) and ask for a traineeship. I was very delighted to be appointed as the Web4Knowledge Intern as I had to manage and expand information services on YPARD’s website working remotely (15 hours per week) in close collaboration with YPARD Web and Communications Director, Marina Cherbonnier. With my several experiences in web designing, website search optimization and coding, together with Marina’s help, I grabbed the assigned tasks and built up my capacity quickly.

John Oluwafemi is an Agriculture Consultant in Nigeria and has a degree in Agricultural Economics & Extension.

I still remember the day when I was at University studying Agricultural Economics and my lecturer, Mr Israel Adesiyan, came by to know more about me. Even if in the beginning he didn’t understand why I was studying something related to farming, he encouraged me to have passion for the course and not just to read to pass the exams. I was very young in every sense though, so I didn’t pay attention to his words until the 3rd year of my studies when he introduced me to the Farm Manager and told him to monitor me.

Jo Cadilhon is Senior Agricultural Economist, at the Policy, Trade and Value Chains Program, in the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). His research interests focus on value chain and agro-industries development, linking smallholder farmers to dynamics markets, impact assessment of innovation platforms, and processes to support policy evaluation and capacity building of market stakeholders. 

Last month, I had the opportunity to speak on a panel of Young Leaders to provide my perspective on developing talent for efficient and inclusive African agrifood systems at the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association World Forum, from 16 to 19 June 2014 in Cape Town. Everything was going fine presenting my work as a senior agricultural economist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) when, out of the blue, the moderator Mary Shelman, from Harvard Business School, enthusiastically asked us: “So, tell us why you’ve gone into agriculture and agribusiness!”

Juma Bruno Ngomuo, member of the Tanzania Graduate Farmers Association (TGFA) and youth representative for Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Tanzania Team.

It is more than three years now since I started to work in providing different advisory services to farmer groups as well as linking them to professional assistance and I still admire and feel comfortable working with them.

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Jefferson Magalhaes , Co-Founder of Ostera Technology for Precision Agriculture

George Mugenyi, Uganda

From childhood up to age of height, I had never seen any other life apart from the Nomadic pastoral way. I remember trailing my father en route with cattle, to look for greater pastures from Ankole region to Buganda’s fresh pasture land in 1992.

Leaving Lebanon at a young age to go to France to study agricultural engineering was not an easy task. Choosing to specialise in The “Quality of the Environment and Resources Management” was not easy either because in a country like Lebanon, few efforts are done for the environment.

People constantly said that I would not find a job in Lebanon when I get back and that I would better stay in Europe to have a descent carrier. Defying all, I specialised in Environmental Engineering. When I got my engineering degree, I still had a lot of questions on my mind so I prepared a Ph.D. on water and soil pollution resulting from inappropriate agricultural practices.

Sridhar Gutam, former YPARD India representative

I was introduced to YPARD by Jieying Bi, YPARD China representative, in 2011, at the CIARD Consultation in Beijing; and since then, I have been working for meeting its aims and objectives. In 2012, I got an opportunity to participate at the GCARD2 sessions related to youth in agriculture as YPARD delegate from India. In the starting of year 2013, I was nominated as YPARD India representative.

Isaac Kips Kosgei was one of the 5 winners of the #GLFCOP19 online youth contest, 2013, among 150 submissions, meant to celebrate the best youth-led projects for sustainable landscapes. Through this testimonial, he tells us more about his initiative.

I am the chairman and Founder of Kwetu Innovations Centre of Excellence. For the last two years KICE has been working to empower youth and women in rural parts of Kenya by offering training on best farm practices.  We have mobilized over 500 youth in the country and we are now carrying out agribusiness projects utilizing innovative technologies e.g. Green house farming.