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YPARD representation at the Rome Based Agencies Youth Council

One of the key areas of focus for YPARD is to allow the diverse representation of young professionals in key leadership positions. In following the same model, YPARD Global Coordination Unit nominated Jim Cano, represent YPARD in the newly formed Youth Council among the Rome Based Agencies. The idea of the Rome Based Agencies youth council was announced by Ambassador Hans... More
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How can African youth transform the agricultural sector?

There are more young people in the world than ever before; 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24, according to UN estimates. For some, this presents an unprecedented potential for economic and social progress. For Africa, however, the world’s youngest region and home to over 200 million young people, this could easily be a ticking time bomb. According... More
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Welcoming the new YPARD Netherlands communications focal point: Maya Turolla

Maya Turolla grew up in Venice, where she first studied Anthropology at the Cà Foscari University. She moved to the Netherlands to continue her studies at the Radboud University, where she completed a Master’s degree in Anthropology and Development Studies and two minors (Public Administration and Conflict Studies).  Her research interests shifted from anthropology migration (MSc) to development studies, as she... More
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Interconnection: a youth response to rural-urban and international migration

The youth in landscapes initiative organized its fourth annual program at the 2016 Global Landscapes Forum (November 16th), held in Marrakesh, Morocco, at the sideline of the COP22. The youth program’s specific objectives this year were to support a multidisciplinary and geographically diverse youth presence at the 2016 GLF, including a strong Northern Africa and Middle-East contribution. We particularly increased recognition... More
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Young agriculturalists propose their agenda for healthy diets

Eight universities from Brazil, Ghana, Morocco, Thailand, Norway, USA, Italy and Belgium took part in the Student Interactive Session during the International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition. This was held at the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)’s Headquarters, in November 2016. The students expressed their concern with the current food systems, particularly impacted by... More
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Mapping the Future Scenarios of Land Degradation and Restoration

Agriculture and food production are highly dependent on climatic conditions and a host of ecosystem services, without which it will be impossible to feed the growing population of the world.  This recognition of the inter-dependent relationship between agriculture and climate – and some of its key drivers/effects such as loss of biodiversity and land degradation among others – is one of... More
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The tree metaphor: announcing YPARD’s Country Pages!

Imagine YPARD: a network of young professionals in agriculture as a tree. The more you strengthen its branches, the more leaves and buds will pop-up and grow. As a result: fruits. The roots up to the branches are YPARD Country chapters; they are supporting a growing community of members: a pool of young people with different cultural backgrounds, aspirations and livelihoods.... More
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Aiding Rural Women to Stand Up for Gender Equality

Despite the many societal prejudices of our era, despite the usual stereotypes, women in reality are equally resilient, skilled and capable as men. The end of the male-biased era means more women succeeding in politics, agriculture, business, and even more successful female scientists, educators, and leaders. The success of women can be unquestionably ascribed to the environment where women’s rights are... More
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A place for young amidst grey haired!

YPARD Team officially launches YPARD during GFAR Triennal meeting, in New Delhi, 2006 "We must be the change we wish to see". These are the infamous words of Mahathma Gandhi. The same words can be used to describe the ten year journey for YPARD. Ten years is a long time; how did it all start? I remember it so well.  It... More
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"Young people need to get engaged in the policy sector, they need to be mobilized"

These are Courtney Paisley 's words, during her video-interview with Farming First Coalition on "What can be done to bring more young people into policy discussions around agriculture?" The average age for farmers around the world is around 58. According to YPARD director, young people are not being shown the opportunities that are available in agriculture, and how it can make money. "We need to talk to young people,... More
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“Snap, Share & Win!” Does this slogan ring a bell to you?

To mark the 2014 International Year of Family Farming (#IYFF14) and on occasion of the World International Youth Day, YPARD Nepal, in collaboration with AgriYouthNepal (AYN) and Nepal Agricultural Cooperative Central Federation Ltd. (NACCFL) kicked-off YPARD Nepal Family Farming Photo Contest on 13th of August, 2014. With the goal of giving a stronger voice to family farmers as well as the... More
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Why youth voices must feature prominently in Africa Agriculture Science Week

A lot has been said about youth in Africa and there are still ongoing debates stressing the importance of involving young people in major development efforts, including agriculture. Last week, picking up on a Twitter conversation from one of the youth activists online, I concluded that, indeed, many development organizations use the term “youth” as an attempt to portray themselves as ‘working for young... More
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Food loss and waste: a threat to sustainability

“Almost 1.2 billion people are going hungry in the world; a third of those are in Africa and sadly a lot of those are actually farmers themselves.” Those were the portentous words of Sean de Cleene, a senior vice president of Yara International (a leading fertilizer company based in Norway with businesses in Africa) and member of the World Economic Forum’s ‘New Vision for Agriculture’... More
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Reflections on Agricultural Innovation in Africa: its Scalability and Youths

The concept of agricultural innovation has been the most intriguing and interesting subjects in Africa for several reasons. Firstly, most African countries still grapple with acute poverty and food insecurity. Yet, Africa has the best resources for agriculture i.e. good land for agricultural production and hard working people. Secondly, Africa has a burgeoning young population which is expected to be innovative... More
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Investing in Youth

This article "Investing in youth", by Courtney Paisley, YPARD, was published in the @FARMLETTER of April 2013, the newsletter of World Farmers'Organisation, p.19. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new” Socrates We invest in something to enable it to grow.  Yet, in practice, investment is made in... More
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SOCIAL MEDIA TRAINING IN IAAS RAMPUR, CHITWAN

Training on Social Media for Bridging Urban and Rural Youth has been successfully completed on May 12, 2013 at Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, (IAAS) Rampur campus in Chitwan, Nepal with more than 40 undergraduates of Agriculture and Veterinary Science as participants. The aim of the training was to provide knowledge about social media and its wise application and bridge... More
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Engaging youth in agriculture. Investing in our future

I was invited to contribute through a guest commentary for the Chicago Council’s Global Food for Thought Blog on the importance of engaging/investing in youth in agriculture sector to alleviate hunger and poverty, given my experiences with YPARD.  The Global Food for Thought blog indeed provides a platform for expert commentary on international agriculture and food issues. This year, the Council... More
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Promoting entrepreneurship through social media

This article by Olawale Ojo, Nigeria, was published on CTA's ICT Update magazine of February 2013 (n.70) (download the full magazine) Olawale Isaiah Ojo uses the social media to inform the youth about agricultural entrepreneurship. Followers have asked questions, made enquiries on how to start up agribusinesses, where and how they can gather the needed training for themselves to specialize in... More
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YPARD and Youth Stakeholders taking part in refining CTA Youth Strategy!

YPARD was invited by CTA to participate to its Strategic Youth Stakeholder Workshop from 14th to 16th November 2012 in Wageningen, The Netherlands. A group of around 25 young professionals, coming from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP), and other partners among which FANRPAN, FAO and IFAD, were gathered – all, working on Youth in Agriculture and Rural Development. CTA workshop’s objective... More
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Empowering youth in ARD through YPARD: a commitment by GCARD2 constituencies!

YPARD, the Young Professionals' Platform for Agricultural Research for Development, as a core community of young professionals for young professionals in ARD, was given particular attention as mechanism through which supporting the youth from GCARD2 roadmap to implementation. Empowering Youth capacity building for ARD The dedicated session on empowering youth and women through capacity building (C2.2) comes naturally as the most... More
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