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 youths perspectives on the issues as well as the bottlenecks of youths contribution to sustainable food systems within the countries and the way forward.
Across the globe, the progressively changing times in the wake of the COVID-19 situation have compounded the challenges facing youth engagement in agriculture. It is against this background that YPARD seeks to hold the global forum dubbed the Global YPARD Café: Youth Engagement in Agribusiness Post-Covid 19. This is aimed at informing the focus of youth engagement in contemporary times through fostering interaction between youth and experts in agriculture and agribusiness about opportunities for enhancing youth employability and contributions to socio-economic recovery. Additionally, the café offers opportunities for young professionals to highlight emerging innovations within the intersection of income-generation opportunities and sustainable food systems, which can enable needed post-covid 19 recoveries in our society
The objective of the Global YPARD Café is to bring together Young Professionals and experts on youth engagement within the YPARD country chapters across the globe to dialogue on issues of youth interest agricultural interest. This is to position the youth themselves as influencers in the strategic direction of youth engagement in sustainable systems within the countries, in the region and on the continent at large.
Participants of the Global YPARD Café are:
Participating country chapters will be selected through a competitive process.
Each Country Chapters working group is to draft a proposal based on their chosen theme for discussion concerning the theme. The events (can be in the forms of workshops, discussions, exhibitions or E-forums/online discussions depending on the prevailing circumstances associated with physical meetings in the chapter due to the Covid 19 pandemic) should showcase active and inspirational Young Professionals involved in sustainable food systems in the context of the forum.
The proposal should include a comprehensive concept note and budget (not more than 2-3 pages). The following will be expected through this activity:
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