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The Cry of a Tree

other living organisms such as animals, trees also respond to stimuli. The Oxford English dictionary defines stimulus as something that produces a reaction in a human being, an animal or plant. This response can be seen in a plethora of phenomenon in nature such as plants growing towards light (phototropism), plants growing towards gravity (geotropism), plants growing towards an object/touch (thigmotropism)... More
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YPARD Rwanda- A Voice on Youth Engagement in Youth Employment

The Youth Employment Funders Group (YEFG) with funding from Citi Foundation has released a call for proposals to develop a white paper and roadmap that would provide a common understanding of youth engagement in the context of youth employment policies, programs and strategies. It will also include a roadmap for funders that outlines recommendations for meaningfully engaging youth in the various... More
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YPARD partners with SEARCA to unlock youth engagement opportunities

At the beginning of July 2020, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and YPARD entered a partnership represented by each organizations’ directors, Dr. Glenn Gregorio and Dr. Yemi Adeyeye, respectively.  The partnership aims to capitalize on the network and expertise of each organization to work together on creating opportunities for youth to be engaged... More
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My YPARD internship experience

For the past few months, I joined the YPARD Europe team on an internship experience as in communications and blog writer. During my Internship, I performed administrative activities which included researching on trending issues related to youth in agriculture and sharing them on the YPARD Europe social media platforms and to its registered members and followers. As an international movement of... More
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Combating food insecurity amid COVID-19

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 has taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of people globally to date. While we are dealing with this unprecedented pandemic, it is alarming that a higher number of people are and will be affected by a lack of food availability. Besides, political instability, natural disasters, unemployment and migration for ages have challenged Nepal... More
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How do we feed the world sustainably?

According to FAO, by 2050 the world’s population will reach 9.1 billion 34% higher than today thus. Nearly all this population will occur in developing countries. Therefore, there is a need to find solutions on how much more food can be grown sustainably to carter for the rising population. Researchers are trying to find solutions that can best address ways to... More
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Agriculture, youth and ICT

Smallholder farmers have been associated with poor farming practices particularly those in developing countries; they are normally faced with labour-intensive practices and long working hours. This, however, resulted in the agriculture sector to become unattractive to the new generations of farmers. Nevertheless, the situation seems to be changing. ITCs in Africa and Latin America has demonstrated a different perception of farming... More
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COVID-19 and its impact in the Agricultural sector

COVID-19 is a disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. First reported in mainland China in the city of Wuhan during the last quarter of the year 2019. It affects the respiratory system and thus spreads through the droplet infection. As soon as initial research studies of both the disease and the virus were published, scientists noted the virus’ unique behaviour, genome... More
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Call for applicants - YPARD country representatives for LAC region

YPARD Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is seeking young, innovative and fresh spirited professionals to take on the role of a Country Representatives (CR) and continue its work on enabling and empowering young agricultural leaders shaping sustainable food systems. In this call, we are looking for young people specifically from: Colombia Costa Rica Grenada Mexico Being a CR is a... More
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COVID-19 and agriculture in Nepal

Farming in Nepal has been severely affected by the COVID-19 transmission, enforced lockdown and mandatory physical distancing. Farmers feel devastated as they are unable to harvest and market their products, which have led to a movement to dump milk, vegetables, fruits, chickens, and egg on the road. The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development of Nepal has established a digital market... More
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Showcasing Innovative African And Asian Talents: Promoting Nutritious Food Initiatives

The 2020 Global SUN Pitch Competition will take place as a virtual event on 30th July 2020. The final will showcase 21 African and Asian entrepreneurs seeking to scale innovative approaches to bring improved nutrition to low-income consumers in emerging markets. Finalists have been selected through a series of 24 National SUN Pitch Competitions over the last year. The Scaling Up... More
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The Impact of COVID-19 on SDG 2: New Narrative for Agriculture

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals were formulated to produce a set of universal goals that meets the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world. The SDGs were embedded as 17 themes to serve as a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all individuals globally enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. One of... More
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Tomato production in times of scarcity

Producing tomatoes was not always an easy activity, taking into account his greater research in times of very cold weather, or with air conditioning or an increase in the price of tomatoes per kg in the consumer market. To be able to maximize production per plant at this time, he thought about making tutoring with cuttings, this practice is already known... More
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Building Back Better: Understanding the three R’s of Bushfires

The existing climate aberrations and shift in land use patterns have exacerbated numerous climate perils such as drought, heatwaves, floods, and wildfires. It is fair enough to say that these actions have brought nature to its tipping point and thus placing the species diversity at stake. Bushfires have made it to the headlines several times in recent years. The series of... More
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Green Jobs: Call for success stories

Dear colleagues,  YPARD is collaborating with the Expertise France’s Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework EU Support and FAO on the development of a policy paper on driving transformative changes through decent and green job creation for youth, with a special focus on agri-food systems.  We want to showcase some successful ongoing activities of youths/young professionals that illustrate opportunities for transformative changes through engagements... More
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Agriculture and food production of Nepal under COVID-19

Nepal is a country where the economy is dominated by agriculture. Out of its total population, around 60% are engaged in agriculture (NPC, 2017). Farming in Nepal is mostly subsistence where agricultural crops and livestock are integrated. Even though both organic and inorganic practices of farming are widely followed in Nepal, inorganic farming is predominant. The Government of Nepal has enforced... More
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Covid-19: A gamechanger in attracting youth to agribusiness

From farm to fork, the global health crisis triggered by Covid-19 is a serious threat to our food systems. Notwithstanding, new opportunities are emerging for young people to participate more actively in agricultural value chains. For the “youngest” continent, projected to have 50% of the population aged under 25 years by 2050, seizing this opportunity is key to ensuring that its young... More
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RENEWABLE ENERGY IN NIGERIA

There is no doubt to the fact that renewable energy resource remains fundamental to human activities. According to (Glossary of Environmental Statistics, 2007) renewable energy resources are described as those natural resources that, after exploitation, can return to their previous stock levels by natural processes of growth or replenishment. Renewable resource like solar energy, hydro-power, wind power and biomass from agricultural... More
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Welcoming YPARD Trinidad and Tobago country representative: Enricka Julien

We are delighted to welcome the new YPARD Trinidad and Tobago country representative, Enricka Julien. Enricka is a graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Agribusiness, with minors in Gender and Development Studies, Communication and Extension from University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad.  Enricka is an agricultural professional with over six years of experience working across various... More
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Why are women so important to agriculture?

Education is the key to a successful society; If you educate a woman, you have an educated society. Imagine a planet where farmers, particularly the rural African women, learn, know how to and produce highly nutritious food. This would considerably bring positive impacts on health, nutrition and additionally increase farmer’s income. Women play a significant role in society, in food security;... More
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