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The future of ICT in the agri-food sector my EFITA conference experience

  European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment (EFITA) is the European conference dedicated to the future use of ICT in the agri-food sector, bioresource and biomass sector, the conference issupported by the collaboration of the World Congress on Computers in Agriculture (WCCA). The first EFITA was held in 1997, and the recent one held on July... More
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Supporting youth to be the masters of their own destiny

Cluster Coaching is a follow on activity from the Young Africa Works Summit supported by the MasterCard Foundation. At YPARD, we strongly believe that empowering young people is best achieved by supporting youth to be the masters of their own destiny. Our members have so many fantastic ideas but face many struggles in implementing them due to lack of financial and... More
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Be active – build your future!

Everything started through a regular e-mail, which sent to my YPARD Russia group, where I’ve asked the participants whether they have some ideas or wishes to perform some actions together. I got a reply from Katy Bessonova (Project manager at SIANI and YPARD Russia group member) who introduced me to the world of SIANI – Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative. After... More
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Welcome to an upgraded YPARD website

If you have visited the YPARD website this week, you will notice a new look to the site.If you haven't, I am referring to the look above. The reason for this new look is an upgrade of the YPARD website content management system from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7. Despite being solely a website upgrade, we have done some few adjustments on the site to... More
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Call for applications: Mentoring coordinator - Philippines

*UPDATE: Application deadline extended to 25 August!*Want to do Work That Matters?YPARD is the largest and most diverse network of young people in agricultural sectors.  From farmers to scientists to entrepreneurs, our members connect across disciplines, countries and regions. These youth are the future of agriculture. Our mission is to serve as a global collective platform through which young professionals can realise their... More
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Building African food security champions

Africa is a blessed continent with abundance of arable land, natural resources, cultures, business potentials, investment opportunities and young people who are creative thinkers and professionals across all sectors. Agriculture in Africa is a goldmine with potentials not fully activated owing to impending challenges such as land tenure, lack of accessibility to finances, lack of youth interest in agriculture which resulted... More
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Young Africa Works mentorship: The beginning of a great journey of self discovery

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 three months, these youth mentees have started forming relationships with their mentors who will support and challenge them during this... More
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The year of the YAP: a tale of genius, power and magic

Hectic yet reflective! The pilot GFAR-YPARD Young Agripreneur Project is coming to an end and in these posts, the six young agri-preneurs are pondering on their professional and personal journeys over the past twelve months. In April 2016, they all gathered in Johannesburg, where they thrilled the audiences at GCARD3 with their enthusiasm, drive and energy in describing their YAP projects. Now they are... More
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Turning key objectives into reality with YAP!

Hectic yet reflective! The pilot GFAR-YPARD Young Agripreneur Project is coming to an end and in these posts, the six young agri-preneurs are pondering on their professional and personal journeys over the past twelve months. In April 2016, they all gathered in Johannesburg, where they thrilled the audiences at GCARD3 with their enthusiasm, drive and energy in describing their YAP projects. Now they are... More
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Fostering cooperation- YPARD Europe and the BCFN Alumni group

The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation (BCFN Foundation) is a private non-profit apolitical institution, working as a multidisciplinary and independent think tank. The foundation has a strong focus on determining the effect of economic, scientific, social and environmental factors on food. The foundation also offers valuable scientific content that inform and help people to make conscious daily choices about... More
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Walking the talk; mentoring rural youth to Make agriculture attractive

The more I read on youth mentoring, especially YPARD’s mentoring programmes, the more I got inspired and tempted to mentor young people.  I remained restless until I could launch myself a Rural Youth Mentoring-2017 programme at my own institute - ICAR- Indian Veterinary Research Institute - on 28th  February, 2017. Under Mentoring Rural Youth-2017 programme, one hundred rural youth are being... More
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Josine's journey, as a young agri-preneur

  Youth really are the future of agriculture. GFAR is committed to youth through many projects we do. One of them is YAP, our Youth Agripreneurs Project, where we encouraged young agricultural entrepreneurs to submit their projects (early last year). Through “YAP”, our purpose was not only to find some genuine innovative projects we could sponsor, but also to provide young agripreneurs... More
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Experiential learning in agricultural science and natural resources management

As humans we can learn critical lessons from the experiences of fellow humans in agriculture science and natural resource management especially as the world has become “complex, chaotic, and contested”.  YPARD Zimbabwe is excited for the chance to speak to Miss Forget Shareka on her career in agricultural science and natural resources management.  One lesson is this: We must fight to... More
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May 2017 [email protected] Resilient agricultural practices in the context of disasters

[email protected] is a monthly e-magazine by the World Farmers' Organisation (WFO). Find below the link to the May 2017 issue.   The May edition of the [email protected] opens with Robert Glasser making a case for resilience in the context of agricultural sustenance. He opines that; In order to promote resilient agricultural practices we need to recognize also the pressures of population growth... More
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Mentoring youth to shape the future of agriculture and food

The future of agriculture depends on attracting young, talented people who are prepared to balance risk and reward in order to deliver the healthy food we need in a way that gives them sufficient return for their labor and capital.  Agriculture, however, is not seen as a profitable career: it’s expensive to finance, the necessary land capital is difficult to access,... More
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Behind the scenes: Bringing successful stories of young agri-entrepreneurs

I just remembered a great quote by William Shakespeare: “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” By the time you are reading this blogpost, we (as YPARD Nepal) have successfully completed one of the biggest events in 2016: Storytelling Contest for Young Agri-entrepreneurs. In fact, it was a long... More
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My Journey in the farm

“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen and a push in the right direction” - John C Crosby Everyone in life needs someone to show them how to do what they know best. Having being born in a farming family and having spent my whole childhood rearing rabbits and doing other farm chores, I developed a very deep connection... More
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How I built my company through mentorship

I am sure you are wondering, how can one build a company through mentorship? Well my one year mentoring period with YPARD  was not only a fantastic experience for me but it also helped me initiate the process . My mentor, Dr. Franklin Peter Simtowe, and I had a cordial relationship and most if not all of our targets were attained. ... More
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Welcoming the YPARD Austria country representative: Nikolaus Hruschka

We are delighted to welcome the new YPARD Austria country representative Nikolaus Hruschka Nikolaus graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria, and continued his academic career with a M.Sc. double degree in Organic Agricultural Systems and Agroecology at BOKU and Hohenheim University. Over the years, his passion for... More
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To New Beginnings with YPARD Myanmar

and Alessandra Giuliani  11th December 2016 maybe just another date on the calendar but it is one with a lot of significance to us. We were meeting in Yangon with a group of motivated young professionals from different stakeholder groups in agriculture (university, private sector, national and international CSOs, research centre) from Myanmar, to discuss - in a first formal workshop -... More
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