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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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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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Welcoming a new YPARD Steering Committee member: Marina Demaria Ven

MarinaWe are delighted to welcome Marina Demaria Ven

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Welcoming the incoming YPARD Director: Genna Tesdall

YPARD is delighted to welcome Genna Tesdall as the incoming YPARD Director. She is a graduate of the global oriented Iowa State (2015) and Penn State Universities (2018) with an M.Sc. in Plant Pathology and International Agriculture and Development. Before joining YPARD, she was the federal agricultural policy officer at the German Rural Youth Association (Bund der Deutschen Landjugend) (2020). As... More

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Welcoming YPARD Network Engagement Coordinator: Glindys Virginia Luciano

YPARD is delighted to welcome Glindys Virginia Luciano as the Network Engagement Coordinator. Glindys Virginia is currently in her last semester of her master’s degree in Agrifood Systems and Rural Development at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic, and a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut.  Glindys Virginia has worked in various non-profit organizations... More

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Youth4Nature joins Youth In Landscapes Initiative

BONN, Germany (26 January 2021) – Youth-led international environmental organization Youth4Nature (Y4N) has just become the latest member of the Youth In Landscapes Initiative (YIL) steering committee, thus expanding both organizations’ networks while offering valuable opportunities for collaboration, mutual learning and growth. YIL is the youth arm of the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), which is made up of a movement of... More

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Call for applications: YPARD Director

The GFRAS-YPARD joint secretariat is seeking a proactive, flexible, independent and innovative director to lead the youth network. The mission of Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) is to serve as a global platform through which young professionals can express their ideas and realize their full potential towards sustainable food systems. This position will be based at Czech University of Life... More

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Welcoming the new YPARD Brazil communications focal point: Danilo Crispim Massuela

YPARD is delighted to welcome Danilo Crispim Massuela as the Communication Focal Person for YPARD Brazil.  Danilo is a graduate with a Master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences in the Tropics and Subtropics from the University of Hohenheim, Germany and a Bachelor in Food Engineering from Mauá Institute of Technology, Brazil. Currently, Danilo is pursuing a PhD in Crop Sciences, in the... More

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Welcoming YPARD Costa Rica Country Representative: Manuela Gil Echeverria

YPARD is delighted to welcome Manuela Gil Echeverria as the new Country Representative for Costa Rica.  Manuela is a passionate agronomist with a master’s degree in Sustainable Business Development, graduated from EARTH University in 2013 and CATIE in 2017.  She currently works for EARTH University in the extension project unit called EARTH Futures where she is responsible for supporting smallholder farmers... More

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Launching Global YPARD Café: call for project proposals

Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) is organizing the first-ever Global YPARD Café from the 16th to 30th of November 2020. The YPARD Café within the YPARD Country Chapters has been a platform for discourse by Young Professionals on key youth issues in sustainable food systems. This has been an engagement, which highlights youth’s perspectives on the issues as well as... More

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Welcoming YPARD Mexico Country Representative: Horacio Rodríguez Vázquez

YPARD is delighted to welcome Horacio Rodríguez Vázquez as the new Country Representative for Mexico.  Horacio is a graduate with a certificate in Systems Transformation from Stanford University, a Master’s degree in International Cooperation for Development from Instituto de Investigaciones Dr. José María Luis Mora and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de... More

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Welcoming YPARD Trinidad and Tobago country representative: Enricka Julien

We are delighted to welcome the new YPARD Trinidad and Tobago country representative, Enricka Julien. Enricka is a graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Agribusiness, with minors in Gender and Development Studies, Communication and Extension from University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad.  Enricka is an agricultural professional with over six years of experience working across various... More

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Welcoming YPARD Peru country representative: Marcelita Ponce de León

We are delighted to welcome the new YPARD Peru country representative, Marcelita Ponce de León. Marcelita is a graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Agronomic Engineering from the National Agrarian University La Molina. She began her professional career as an intern in government programs. This allowed her to have contact with different rural communities from cultures that promoted ancestral knowledge for the... More

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Welcoming YPARD communications coordinator: Ingrid Oliveira

YPARD is delighted to welcome Ingrid Oliveira as the new Communications Coordinator.  Ingrid is a graduate with a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Transformation from the University of Basel, in Switzerland, and a bachelor’s in law from Universidade Federal de Sergipe, in her native country of Brazil.  Ingrid has been working as a Communication Officer for GFRAS – Global Forum... More

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Welcoming the new YPARD Steering Committee Chair: Marina Cherbonnier

We are delighted to announce Marina Cherbonnier as the newly elected YPARD Steering Committee Chair.  Marina is an international network and community engagement specialist with extended experience in agricultural-related development. You can learn more about her on this introduction blog post published when she joined the Steering Committee last January.  When asked about her vision as a steering committee chair and... More

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Welcoming a new YPARD Steering Committee member: Jorrit Kiewik

We are delighted to welcome a new steering committee member: Jorrit Kiewik. Jorrit Kiewik is the newest add-on to the YPARD Steering Committee team. Jorrit is a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Entrepreneurship and is finalizing his master’s program in Communication, Health & Life Sciences at Wageningen University. Jorrit has been working as the director of Slow Food Youth... More

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Communication for effective youth inclusion

Pius Hiwe, Youth-Leader Communications Champion, Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD), speaks about communication for effective youth inclusion at the SIANI Annual Meeting 2020 held in Sweden. You can now watch the video and read the presentation script in a chronological sequence. First slide What does the communications officer of a youth network with over 18,000 registered young professionals in 70 countries... More

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Welcoming a new YPARD Steering Committee member: Marina Cherbonnier

We are delighted to welcome a new steering committee member: Marina Cherbonnier. Marina is a graduate with a Master’s degree in Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D) from the University of Manchester, the UK, and a Master’s degree in Information and Documentation sciences from the UCO, Angers, France. She was also a Bachelor student in French and Classical (Greek and... More

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