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Successfully Completed: The IV Rural School for Young People in Peru

 The IV Rural School for Young People in Peru successfully took place this year between the months of May and August. This initiative aimed to provide its participants with knowledge on designing rural-agricultural projects that promote a more just, inclusive and sustainable food system. The IV Rural School for Young People, as well as the pre... More
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Welcoming YPARD's digital communications officer: Valentina Martínez-Salazar

We are thrilled to announce to the YPARD community that we have a new staff member! Valentina Martínez-Salazar is the new digital communications officer for YPARD GCU. Valentina was onboarding over a week ago and has already been proven to be an integral part of the team.  Valentina Martínez-Salazar is a Colombian Biologist graduated from Univ... More
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Want youth to transform the food system? Let's talk finance.

This month, Glindys Virginia Luciano, YPARD Network Engagement Coordinator and Genna Tesdall, YPARD Director, were invited to write a guest blog post at GFAR, as part of their Partner's in Action campaign. We thank our partner GFAR for giving YPARD the opportunity to share our thoughts as youth.  In the last several years, dialogue around... More
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From the director's desk

By: Genna Tesdall, YPARD Director Dear YPARD, The first five months in office have flown by. I already feel YPARD has been my home for much longer than these few short months. My heart is still with all of you who are experiencing challenges due to COVID-19, but also countless other natural and political disasters which are sweeping the w... More
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Why Virtual Coffee Chats? Behind the idea with YPARD Belgium's Country Representative, Michael Ruggeri.

By: Michael Ruggeri, YPARD Belgium Country Representative Being part of YPARD means being part of a community spanning across continents and countries with very different needs and plans when it comes to agriculture and rural development. Still, what brings all YPARDians together is their willingness to do more by learning from their peers, sh... More
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Turning wine waste into profit: possibilities of the Moldovan wine industry

Did you know that the leftover grape skins, seeds and stems from winemaking are called “pomace”? Have you ever wondered what happens to these leftovers after the grape has been squished of their juice? No? Well, the Biogas Research Team at the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences in CZU Prague have surely thought about it and have launched an innovative project that puts to good use this pomace.  

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Join us at TROPENTAG 2021!

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 the conference is organized by the University of Hohenheim, Germany under the topic “Towards shifting paradigms in agriculture for a healthy and... More
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Announcing the YPARD/CASEE Conference 2021 scientific competition winners!

YPARD has a long-standing collaboration with the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZU). CZU has been hosting the YPARD Europe coordination unit since 2016 and has worked for a stronger youth focus and engagement in agriculture in the region.  CZU also serves as a hosting place for the CASEE Secretariat. This year, CZU hosted the virtual CASEE 2021 conference entitled... More
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Degradation of trifloxystrobin in apples before storage

his abstract emerged as one of the outstanding research within the poster Session on Sustainable food systems and quality at the CASEE Scientific conference 2021. YPARD held a scientific competition that was tagged "Empowering young researchers of the Danube region in sustainable food systems" within the CASEE conference 2021. The competition aimed to support the continued professional and personal growth of young professionals attending the CASEE Conference.... More
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Antioxidant activity and mineral composition of selected kind of small berry fruits

This abstract emerged as one of the outstanding research within the poster Session on Sustainable food systems and quality at the CASEE Scientific conference 2021. YPARD held a scientific competition that was tagged "Empowering young researchers of the Danube region in sustainable food systems" within the CASEE conference 2021. The competition aimed to support the continued professional and personal growth of young professionals attending the CASEE Conference. The... More
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Gender-Responsive Investments in Africa

Women play a vital role in Africa’s agricultural sector. As farmers, processors, and marketers of agricultural products, they contribute significantly to the continent’s economic development. However, they continue to face a lot of challenges such as lack of access to agricultural inputs, finance, land, information, and agricultural technologies. Although women provide 70 percent of agricultural labour on the continent, they remain... More
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A YPARD Belgium x YPARD GCU initiative: virtual coffee chats

We are calling all country representatives to take part in this new fantastic initiative at the global level headed by YPARD Belgium's country representative, Michael Ruggeri. The Virtual Coffee Chats initiative's objective is to provide YPARD CR from around the globe the opportunity to get to know each other better and exchange ideas.

Country representatives can express their interest by filling up the form here before June 25, 23:59 CET. Participants are then paired randomly each week over the course of 6 weeks.

The randomly paired couple will be put in touch at the end of every week and they will be free to decide what time / day better suits them (also taking into account their time zones). The meetings can take place via Zoom / Teams / WhatsApp or whichever platform individuals prefer.

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Passing on to a new YPARD leadership and management

After a year as the YPARD Steering Committee (SC)’s chairperson, I am now stepping down with an incredible team taking over! I am proud of what we have accomplished over the past year and the foundations it creates for the new leadership and management to thrive! Meet the new SC Chairperson Sebastian Pedraza and two additional members in the SC team:... More
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Welcoming a new YPARD Steering Committee member: Jim Leandro Cano

We are delighted to welcome Jim Leandro Cano as a new YPARD Steering Committee Member! Jim has been in the youth-in-ag advocacy space since he came on board as YPARD’s Country Representative for the Philippines in 2015. Since then, he has contributed in many ways to the YPARD global network, both at the country and international level. He also served as... More
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Can kiwifruit grow in Romania? Results of the Romanian breeding program after 25 years of research onActinidia spp.

This abstract emerged as one of the outstanding research within the oral Session on Sustainable food systems and quality at the CASEE Scientific conference 2021. YPARD held a scientific competition that was tagged "Empowering young researchers of the Danube region in sustainable food systems" within the CASEE conference 2021. The competition aimed to support the continued professional and personal growth of young professionals attending... More
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The content of bioactive compounds in raspberry fruit and leaves depending on the cultivation method

This abstract emerged as one of the outstanding research within the oral Session on Sustainable food systems and quality at the CASEE Scientific conference 2021. YPARD held a scientific competition that was tagged "Empowering young researchers of the Danube region in sustainable food systems" within the CASEE conference 2021. The competition aimed to support the continued professional and personal growth of young... More
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Ensuring food security amid COVID-19

Currently, the world is facing the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic which started on 11 March 2020 in Wuhan, China and the coronavirus is no longer a “new normal.” The Government of Nepal has imposed a nationwide lockdown since 29 April 2021 and enforced its federal, regional and local level structures to respond to the crisis, fully cognizant of its vulnerabilities.... More
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YPARD Nepal announces the World Food Safety photo contest 2021

Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD), Nepal is announcing an online “World Food Safety Photo Contest 2021" with the global theme "Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow".  The World Food Safety Day 2021 began its celebration on 7th June 2018 to ensure food security with the action to prevent, detect and reduce the global burden of food-borne disease. According to... More
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Welcoming the new YPARD LAC communications focal point: Hazell Flores

YPARD is delighted to welcome Hazell Flores as the new communications focal point for Latin America and the Caribbean.  Hazell has recently been awarded the Hubert H. Humprey Fellowship to develop a professional exchange in Agriculture and Rural Development at Cornell University. She has a Bachelor in Social Communication from Universidad Centroamericana, Nicaragua and diplomas in Children´s Rights and Feminist Economy. ... More
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Welcoming the new YPARD Steering Committee Chair: Sebastian Pedraza Paez

YPARD is delighted to welcome Sebastian Pedraza Paez as the new steering committee chair. Sebastian is a Colombian youth leader who has important experience in rural youth issues. is a graduate with Associate Degree in ICT from SENA, is currently finishing an Associate Degree in Music Production from Latin American professional audio foundation Cetear, and Bachelor’s Degree in Political science and... More
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