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Welcoming YPARD Kenya Representative: Phidel Hazel Arunga

YPARD is delighted to welcome Phidel Hazel Arunga as the Country Representative of YPARD Kenya. Phidel is a graduate with a master’s degree in Monitoring and Evaluation from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and a Bachelor in Environmental Planning and Management from the University of Eldoret. Phidel’s application stood out from the several applications submitted to the call for... More

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  • Kenya
  • Promote agriculture among young people
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YPARD Africa’s Diary

Reflecting on the year 2019, it is worth noting that the year came with great a pack of diverse experiences for members of the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) in Africa. As the curtain has been drawn on the year 2019, a walk down memory lane gives a clear picture of the goings-on in YPARD Africa upon which the prospects... More

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  • Ghana
  • Access to resources and capacity building
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Harnessing opportunities in crop value chains for increased productivity

It was on a sunny Saturday on 2nd November 2019 when a group of 30 young agribusiness actors and farmers gathered under the auspices of Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) Nigeria in Ibadan to host a café themed “Agricultural Crop Value Chain: The role of the Entrepreneur”. The YPARD café provided a platform for members of the YPARD network to... More

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  • Nigeria
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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.... More

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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.... More

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Agriculture is not just food but the world around us - 2020 GFFA

The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) 2020, was held from 16 - 18.01.2020. under the title and focuses on Food for all! Trade for secure, diverse and sustainable nutrition. “Agriculture is not just food but the world around us” I heard this phrase during my participation in GFFA 2020. This Forum was organized and hosted by the Federal Ministry... More

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  • Albania
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Expanding horizons and knowledge sharing - my Fulbright experience

Fulbright has been operating as a successful program for many decades, it may sound familiar to many, worldwide. In this blog post, I share my personal experiences with the YPARD community, in the hope that some of you will be encouraged to apply.  January 15, 2019 became a memorable day for me, because I received the email, beginning with the following... More

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  • Hungary
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2020 – The year of same goals but different approach

The last two years were very substantial for YPARD Serbia! We put our feet on the ground, we spread the word on who we are and what we do and we made some friends and partners along the way. We are very proud of our position now and with the position of young farmers in Serbia. The number of young farmers... More

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  • Serbia
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Welcoming YPARD Web4Knowledge intern: Elcah Barasa

YPARD is delighted to welcome Elcah Barasa on board, as remote Web4Knowledge intern. Elcah Barasa is a young woman from Kenya. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy at the Technical University of Kenya and a Diploma in French at Alliance Francaise in Nairobi. Elcah has great interests in ICT for Development issues, rural development and... More

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  • Italy
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Welcome to 2020: Re-evaluate, renew and realign

It is the year 2020! Happy new year! For YPARD, all hands are already on deck. Many young professionals are already back to the grind. It is an opportunity to start strong with increased potentials for better returns, as the new year transitions from days of public merriments and vacations to periods of evaluation - “what progress have I made this... More

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  • Italy
  • Sharing Information and connecting people
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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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  • Italy
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Boosting agricultural productivity through modern technologies

There is a lot of innovation in the mobile/IT, agricultural machinery and energy spaces that have the potential to make a huge impact on the farm and in the agribusiness sub-sector. For example, smart power systems, superior processing machines, precision agriculture tools, farm management software, and affordable sensors are all within reach of even the smallest farmers today. Ultimately, we think... More

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  • Nigeria
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Breaking through leadership: A practical perspective

Global Youth Leadership Program, an exclusive 2-day professional program that was held in Beijing on 9th and 10th November 2019. There were 65 youth participants, representing over 25 countries, gathered together to talk about various topics on character and leadership development, personal influence, speaking and communication skills, and social competence building.  The guest speakers were international thought leaders and youth mentors... More

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  • China
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Future of maize: Introduce hybrid varieties

When you buy popcorn in a movie theatre, maize cobs from a street vendor and a meal which comes from processing maize as feed, we should be thankful to the farmers.  They are men and women who battle against the unpredictable weather and invasive insects and bring food from the field to our fork. I have been hearing that agriculture is... More

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  • Nepal
  • Sharing Information and connecting people
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Regional consultative meeting on biodiversity mainstreaming

To increase awareness on the importance of biodiversity mainstreaming across the agriculture and allied sectors three days “Regional Consultative Meeting on Biodiversity Mainstreaming across Agricultural sectors - Asia and the Pacific” was held from 17 to 19 July 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.  The consultative meeting was co-organized by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat, in... More

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  • Nepal
  • Sharing Information and connecting people
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Enhancing the sustainability of agriculture and making it a noble profession

The East African Farmers Federation (EAFF) together with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) held a two-day workshop on youth space in policy and financial inclusion. This formed part of the ongoing project of “Scaling-Up Rural Youth Access to inclusive Financial Services for Entrepreneurship and employment”. The project is being implemented in 3 East African... More

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  • Rwanda
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The school farm curriculum

The school farm initiative is one of the new strategic plans of YPARD and FAO for the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, the project’s framework will make use of a curriculum concept, to promote training sessions based on an integrated production system.  It aims to combine scientific concepts and social capital to set up a socio-economic framework. Its dynamic will... More

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  • Italy
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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... More

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  • Belgium
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Engaging youth farmers in policy dialogue and helping them access finance is creating sustainability and making agriculture a noble profession

The East African Farmers Federation (EAFF) together with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) held a two days’ workshop on youth space in policy and financial inclusion as part of the ongoing project of “Scaling-Up Rural Youth Access to inclusive Financial Services for Entrepreneurship and employment”. The project is implemented in 3 East African Countries... More
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Introducing the school farm program

Young Professionals for Agricultural Development, YPARD, together with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is now set to develop a new strategic plan that focuses on the development of human capital particularly – the youth.  It aims to design an efficient mechanism of intervention to solve some common challenges within the agricultural sector in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).... More

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  • Italy
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