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Go green: Blending social media with agribusinesses

Today’s agriculture is totally different from past years of farming.  Though the transition process is slow, gradually, young people are adopting Information Communication Technology (ICT) and innovations whilst, fading off traditional farming practices and techniques. In most African countries, the average age of farmers is 60 years old, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). These set of people... More
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What is mentoring about

Last January we conceived and put in place an on-site mentoring program along with the Living Territories conference. Let us share with you what we learned from this experience: We are YPARD Serbia and YPARD France representatives, both of us are based in Montpellier so it is easy for us to work together to put in place common YPARD activities. Last... More
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Youth connected to halt deforestation!

“Question your answers” – Jeffrey Campbell, Manager of Forest and Farm Facility at FAO The halting deforestation conference commenced with young people across sectors learning, engaging and collaborating.  The scene was set with leading professionals sharing insights on issues affecting forests. There was great emphasis on the need to push our boundaries as young professionals and in ensuring that we bring... More
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Tips for starting out in farming

You’ve dreamt of becoming a successful farmer, and you’re prepared to venture into the ever-changing world of farming business.  All that is left is to trade in your current job or day-to-day engagements for farming as a profession. Venturing into farming is not an easy decision to make. Any experienced farmer will tell you that pursuing farming requires learning some critical... More
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YPARD Egypt participates in AARINENA and GFAR workshop

On the 10th and 11th December 2017, YPARD-Egypt participated in a workshop co-organized by the Association of Agricultural Research Institutions in the Near East & North Africa (AARINENA) and the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR) in Hammamet, Tunisia, under the theme “Transforming AARINENA’s Capacity as a Multi-Stakeholder Futuristic Regional Forum for Research and Innovation for Development Tunisia”.  The workshop brought... More
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YPARD visionaries wanted for the 2018 Strategic Development Meeting

The YPARD Business Plan 2014- 2018 is coming to a close and we need to start a conversation about where we go from here. We have had some amazing successes and also continue to face some recurring challenges. The next strategic plan will cover the period 2018-2021 and will reflect a time of growth for YPARD. We need some visionaries to... More
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Food for thought and networking at YPARD Netherlands meet and greet

As a Ph.D. student working on the topic of youth in agribusiness in Africa, I am ever eager to meet more professionals and passionate people moved by the same themes of my research. So on a rainy day in November I made it to KIT’s monumental building in East Amsterdam for the ‘Youth in agriculture meet & greet’, an event organized... More
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Sustainable Agriculture Training of Matigsalog Farmers in Palasungan

Palasungan is a community of Matigsalog Indigenous Peoples in Mindanao particularly in Bukidnon. Matigsalog leaders requested support in uplifting their lives through improving their farms. They have vast of ancestral land which could be develop to a productive land and in the future for the sustainability of their next generations. As response my team facilitated 3 days activity which includes workshop on their... More
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Call for participation to the e-Forum sustaining the impact of capacity development initiatives for African youth in agriculture

The FAO Regional Office for Africa in partnership with the Capacity Development Unit (OPCC) of the Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development Division (OPC), SP2 , SP3, the African Agribusiness Incubator Network (AAIN), Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), and the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) - Africa is organising a three-week online consultation from the 25th October to 15th November 2017 (in English... More
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Plague of jellyfish: The economic and biological effect

On July 20th, YPARD-Egypt participated in a workshop on the impact and response to the recent infestation of Jellyfish along Egypt’s North Coast. The workshop was organized by the Arab Federation for Wildlife Protection (AFWP), an Arab League specialized organization, in association with the Institute of Environmental Research at Ain Shams University. The main aim of the workshop was to assess... More
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A study tour of Dhaka honey value chain and more

The Sundarbans is the largest single mangrove forest in the world, which covers approximately forty percent of the total forest in Bangladesh and is listed as one of the World Heritage and Ramsar site. Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS) and Japan Environmental Education Forum (JEEF) have been trying to promote Sundarbans Mangrove Biodiversity Education Program in Bangladesh since 2013 among the... More
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Youth, agriculture and the agri-food sector- An interview with Francesca Allievi, President of the BCFN Alumni Group

Francesca Allievi - the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN) Alumni group Operative President shares with us her thoughts, ideas and perspective on issues related to youth, agriculture and the agri-food sector through an interview conducted by Libuska Valesova - the YPARD Europe Coordinator. Francesca is an experienced, educated and active agricultural professional who believes in the value of food... More
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Youth employment: Enabling decent agriculture and agribusiness jobs

Africa has the youngest population in the world with over 92% of the youth represented among the extremely poor (ILO, 2015a). The youth population is expected to grow at an exponentially high rate, thus bringing forth the need to create between ten to twelve million new jobs in Africa per year until 2035 to absorb the new labour market entrants (UN,... More
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Rebranding and repositioning agriculture for the future

I am motivated to share my story with you all because as they say, “Experience is the best teacher”. Some of my friends, family and community members did not understand the motive behind my pursuit of agriculture as a profession. They did not expect that decision from me. Instead they wanted me to pursue the social sciences or a law degree... More
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Attaining food sufficiency through implementable agricultural policy

From childhood, I have been hearing of policies across sectors of the economy but I found myself having  a special interest  in agriculture. Keeping abreast with the latest happenings in the agricultural sector is extremely difficult and often time not possible because of challenges with internet. I was born and raised on a farm: precisely, an agrarian community where almost everybody... More
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YPARD Armenia: local meetings to address youth’s needs in agriculture

With the purpose to promote YPARD’s mission in Armenia, and to better understand how local youth can benefit from it, in March, our team organized two meetings with different stakeholders involved in agriculture. The first meeting took place in the mountain resort Aghveran, gathering young farmers involved in organic farming. The second meeting was organized for juniors, who pursue a bachelor’s... More
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Pre-County consultations on the Kenyan youth in agribusiness strategy

As part of the Government of Kenya’s commitment to raise the profile of agriculture among youth in Kenya, the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries (MoALF) in Kenya together with its partners in the agriculture sector will be conducting County Consultations on the newly developed Youth in Agribusiness Strategy 2017 – 2021. This is an initiative supported by the Government of Kenya... More
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Exploring opportunities for youth in the apiculture sector

The agricultural sector holds wide opportunities for young people to tap into given the existing trends in agricultural transformation. The global platform called YPARD has its framework built on youth and youth alone for agricultural development. As the year 2017 unfolded, YPARD Nigeria held strategic meetings with Local Representatives on the best way to get members engaged and thus drafted out... More
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AGRA: a fruit of cross-pollination

In a world where division of labor and specialization is given much importance, we tend to forget that there is beauty in cross-pollination; convergence of different fields. Last year, 2016, YPARD Philippines had its mid-year planning. In the course of the meeting, one of the directives of the group was to find a way to use the arts in advancing our... More
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BEYOND FARMING: Maximizing Greennovation Potentials

Agriculture is a goldmine. It comprises many enterprises along the value chain, from producers to consumers, which yield returns. According to Mr. Ayodele Olorunfemi, a keynote speaker at #PoddeumValueChain, an initiative against post-harvest loss with the theme “Tapping Greennovation” – Many people have failed to understand the concept of agriculture and the stages of production as it relates to agriculture. Hence, there... More
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