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The key to career success for youth transformation

On February 2017, forty-seven African youth attended the MasterCard Foundation’s Young Africa Works Summit (YAW2017) in Kigali, Rwanda. Fourteen of those youth delegates were selected to receive 12 months of mentoring from senior delegates attending the Summit. Over the last months, these youth mentees have started forming relationships with their mentors who will support and challenge them during this year to take their next steps in... More
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New challenges to food security in Zambia

Climate change is real and has proved to have serious effects on maize production arising from erratic weather including late rains at the start of the season, droughts, floods due to heavy rains in many areas, which has direct negative effect on food production.  Notwithstanding, the already existing impacts of climate change on maize production, this blog post aims to attribute... More
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Sustainable Agriculture Training program for youth in Tanzania

This blog post is co-authored by Rashid B. Malya and Janet Maro. We are so grateful to be directly involved in the Sustainable Agriculture’s training program for youth in Tanzania. Great thanks to the Sunrise Children's Home of Uhekule Village and Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) in Morogoro for rolling out the Attract Youth to Agriculture program. We also thank the MasterCard... More
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Welcoming the new YPARD Armenia representative: Anna Hovhannisyan

We are delighted to welcome the new YPARD Armenia representative Anna Hovhannisyan. Anna is an MSc graduate of the Agribusiness Teaching Center of Armenian National Agrarian University (ANAU). ATC is the collaborative effort of the ANAU, Texas A&M University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Marketing Assistance. Currently, she is working at the Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development (CARD) Foundation as... More
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YPARD Europe at the SIMPLE project training course in Vienna, Austria

SIMPLE (Support of International Platform Merging Labour and Education) is an EU project coordinated by the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences at the CULS ( Czech University of Life Sciences) in Prague. The project aims at enhancing employability of the partner universities alumni (European, Asian partners) by supporting networking and providing the link among graduates (alumni) and employers; establishing Alumni Centres and... More
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On giants’ shoulders- Empowered through YAWS

Through the MasterCard Foundation’s Young Africa Works (YAW) Summit held in Kigali in the month of February 2017, Bamlaku Asmare- a young Ethiopian agripreneur with the dream of excelling at apiculture was introduced to his mentor, Azage Tegegne. Azage is the Project Manager of the Livestock and Irrigation Value chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)... More
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A clearer pathway through mentorship

It started early this year with pre-summit webinars that I was connected to a dynamic network of young professionals in Agriculture from across Africa. Meeting YPARD staff and fellow YAW2017 delegates online was very exciting and I was fortunate to not have missed any webinar. From my point of view, it was that time that I got prepared for the summit and I... More
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My mentoring journey continues

“No man is capable of self-improvement if he sees no other model but himself” – Conrado I. Generoso. Until some months ago, I had always been content with the outcome of my efforts not because I had a heart of content. It was because I always looked within and had no standard to measure the outcome of my efforts. There was... More
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The YPARD Ghana working group’s planning session

YPARD Ghana seeks to accomplish its mission of creating a collective platform to enable young professionals in agriculture to realize their full potential and contribute towards innovative agricultural development. As part of efforts to accomplish this mission, the chapter has established its working group consisting thirteen (13) members comprising of the country representative, a programme coordinator, a communication focal person and... More
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Welcoming YPARD Philiphines Mentoring Program Coordinator: Maggie Guia M. Del Valle

We are delighted to welcome the incoming YPARD Philippines Mentoring Program Coordinator: Maggie Guia M. Del Valle Maggie is a food security researcher from the University of the Philippines Los Banos. For the last two years, she has been working on a project that helps rice-insufficient communities in the Philippines address local food security issues through the institutional adoption of the... More
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YPard Nigeria (Osun State) Cato Foods #WFD2017 SDG 2: ZeroHunger Changing the Future of migration, invest in food security and rural development

  If women had the same access to productivity as men they could increase yields in their fields by 20-30%. This alone would raise total agricultural output in developing countries (Nigeria included) by 2.5-4%, which would reduce the no of hungry people in the world by 12-17% or 100-150 million people. (FAO 2011) The statistics around food security, youth unemployment, post-harvest losses and rural development has... More
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Role modelling and vision setting

On behalf of the YPARD Malawi Chapter, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to YPARD and the MasterCard Foundation for their financial and technical contributions towards our role modelling and vision setting event conducted at Mlomba Community day secondary school. Without their support the team wouldn’t have managed the event. Secondly, we also extend the warmest thanks to Bunda Female... More
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Apply to be part of the YPARD Philippines first mentoring program

Update 29 November 2017: Applications have now closed  Are you an agricultural student or young professional in the Philippines looking for growth and learning opportunities? Or are you expert in agriculture based in the Philippines who is looking for fresh partnerships and ideas? We have the perfect program for you! YPARD Philippines is holding its first Mentoring Program, which is aimed at helping... More
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Why are honeycomb cells hexagonal in shape?

Honey bees are fascinating creatures because of their incredible work ethic, sweet sugary substance and integrated social structure.It is actually smart geometry of nature. Hexagon is the only shape which shares common boundaries with other hexagon and doesn't waste any space. Think if it was all circular small cells, there will be small gap left betwe...en them. Similarly, triangle or square... More
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Webinar: Rural youth and livelihood change

Missed out on the webinar? Access the recording by clicking here, ( the password 5rWVkRDB ) as well as the presentation.   Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017   Time: 3.30 - 4.30 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) Click here to register for the Webinar Purpose of Webinar Increasingly development reports and media cite the global ‘youth bulge’: the 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10 to 24... More
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EARTH students host the first YPARD conference in Costa Rica

Blogpost co-authored by Alexa Glo, John Awiel, Forget Shareka, Annet Mukamurenzi and Phenny Omondi.  According to the 2017 World Food Prize laureate, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, "The future of African youth lies in agriculture.” This can be materialized by making agriculture both profitable and "cool" for young people. Therefore there is a great need to support youth with viable initiatives to transform the... More
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How To Deal With Heat Stroke In Poultry

  How To Deal With Heat Stroke In Poultry A chicken or a flock of chickens with heat stress and exhaustion can be deadly if it's not controlled or elimintaed in time. We're in the heat of summer now. Urban and backyard chicken owners need to be watching their flocks for signs of heat stress and must learn how to control... More
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Growing together.....

As one is growing, several things shape them up more especially their environment and people around them. It is never easy to get someone who can stand with you and give a hand. In 2016, I graduated from EARTH University with a Bachelor’s degree in agronomic engineering I had so many ideas and so much energy to start life, but did... More
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Improving the potatoes and banana value chains

As one of the outcome of the 2017 Young African Works Summit, there was creation of groups of peers from the same country to participate in a long-term cluster coaching sessions together. The YAW2017 Rwanda cluster led by Pacifique Nshimiyimana the founder of Real Green Gold and Clarisse Murekatete co-founder of Carl Group initiated the Farming & Agri-food Systems Connekt. The... More
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Join YPARD’s webinar on strategies to grow your agricultural businesses

When: Saturday August 26th 2017 – at 15:00 Rome time (Use this tool helps you convert “Rome time” to your timezone) Duration: 90 minutes Young people around the world have innovative ideas for sustainable agricultural development but often struggle to access resources – lacking collateral, capital and connections. Our speakers who are currently involved in the Young Africa Works mentoring program ( a product of the... More
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