YPARD is delighted to welcome Hazell Flores as the new communications focal point for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Hazell has recently been awarded the Hubert H. Humprey Fellowship to develop a professional exchange in Agriculture and Rural Development at Cornell University. She has a Bachelor in Social Communication from Universidad Centroamericana, Nicaragua and diplomas in Children´s Rights and Feminist Economy.
Hazell has been working as a Relator and Donor Relations Officer at American Nicaraguan Foundation in the Agriculture and Rural Development Department, where she has been elaborating impact reports for donors for the last two years. She has worked as a journalist, and on institutional communication in the higher education industry. She collaborated with a specialized magazine on the coffee sector in Central America.
At the account of joining YPARD as the LAC communications focal point, this is what Hazell had to say; visiting the countryside in my trips to collect information for my reports made me realize how little we know about the agricultural sector in the cities. Taking things for granted has made us forget about the faces of those producing non-stop in order for us to have food on our plates, those constantly struggling. There is an urgent need to transform, and this is the moment to do so, I believe the youth is key to make it happen. I love telling stories, in all possible formats, and I hope this position helps us reach more places and give voice to all those stories waiting to be told, helping us and others change our perspectives in agriculture-related subjects.
Hazell sees a world with empowered youth taking the lead to transform our food systems. She is inspired by their strive and believes in the importance of YPARD as a provider of opportunities from professionals to professionals. She is really enthusiastic about being part of this family and hopes to share her knowledge and learn from all.