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Welcoming the new YPARD Belgium communications focal point Ángela Patricia Guerrero Castillo

We are delighted to welcome the incoming YPARD Belgium communications focal point: Ángela Patricia Guerrero Castillo.  Ángela is a graduate with a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito and a Bachelor in Mechatronic Engineering from Universidad de San Buenaventura in Bogotá, Colombia. Currently, Ángela is a Ph.D. student in Precision Agriculture at Ghent University in Ghent,... More
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African Agriculture through the Business Lens

The tale of Africa is a sweet one that captivates the mind. I vividly remember while growing up, my history teacher explicitly told us the stories of different African countries, leaders and Africa’s wealth of resources. In another class, my agricultural science teacher knew how to trigger discussion on the green African pasture and the African green revolutionary movement. The first... 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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Thinking aloud: How could I forget the smallholder farmer?

Smallholder farmers till the land to produce food that serve millions of people. The other day, I was surprised to hear people accusing you our food suppliers of being stingy and wanting everything for free because you are used to it. It seems as though they forget that your economic situation is different from theirs. They forget the struggles you go... More
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Agricultural biotechnology versus food security

The daily threat posed by climate change and the growing population has strengthened the need for expert to develop research and findings to help attain food security and feed 9 Billion people by 2050. On the 7th of February 2017, The Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) held a GMO workshop with focus on attaining food security. The event took place at the... More
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YPARD Sénégal toujours engagé pour la cause des jeunes du monde agricole

Du 16 au 18 mars, à Thiès (Sénégal), s'est tenu un Agri Hackathon pour le lancement du premier Agrihub en Afrique de l'Ouest pour les jeunes agriculteurs. Dénommé "Yeesal Agri hub", ce projet est mis en œuvre par l’initiative de l’ONG Tostan, en partenariat avec la coopération allemande (GIZ) et l’ONG italienne LVIA. Son but est de cibler des jeunes entrepreneurs... More
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Changing youth perceptions about agriculture - It begins with "YOU"

I just read Bunmi Ajilore’s blog post, Youth Involvement in Agriculture: The Image Factor (Nigerian story/perspective) and I think it highlighted a very key issue with youth and agriculture - globally - Image. We all know that the in general, perceptions around agriculture are less than glamorous and the field is viewed as neither interesting nor lucrative enough especially when compared with... More
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