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When you think of a university, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

For me, I think, science, career, study programs, faculties and of course the student life. I never stop to think about the impact and activities of a higher education institution outside of the scientific/academic aspects. I guess this was the thought of the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZU), my home away from home for the past six years, as... More
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The AgriTech project: YPARD Armenia global café

“Nation in Action started active involvement in Armenian AgriTech Sector since 2019”, says Hovhannes Yeritsyan, the founder of the project at the YPARD Global Café Yerevan, on November 29, 2020. More than 25 young professionals gathered to learn and share practice on the development of environmentally friendly and modern agriculture, on stable income and financial security. Nation in Action is a... More
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The GYOOGH project at the YPARD Armenia Café

One of the most joyful projects that were presented at the YPARD Global Café Yerevan was the Gyoogh project which is being implemented by the young and active people. Anna Danielyan who is a cofounder of this active project presented the objectives of their initiative. Gyoogh organizes unique village tours, quests, intellectual games for tourists and locals, in partnership with people... More
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Cross-Border Alliance for Climate-Smart and Green Agriculture in the Black Sea Basin (AGREEN)

Within the framework of the first YPARD Global Café Yerevan organized on the 29th of November 2020, we were pleased to host the AGREEN project and one of the program coordinators Lilit Avdalyan. From her interactive presentation, one could learn that the AGREEN project promotes the concept for climate-smart agriculture (CAS) as an approach for developing agricultural strategies to secure sustainable... More
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YPARD Armenia Café and the IRIS Business Incubator

IRIS Business Incubator was the best host for the YPARD Global Café Yerevan on November 29th, 2020. YPARD Yerevan chose the IRIS Business Incubator for the meeting to showcase how small ideas become great businesses. The Coordinator of IRIS Narine Terzyan had a presentation on their previously implemented projects and informed the participants about the current opportunities suggested by the business... More
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2020 has yielded to 2021: This, I celebrate

Dear friends and colleagues,  2020 is a year that leaves unforgettable marks. Many of us will remember it for many different reasons. A year that has taken so much. A year that has given so much. I believe that it is OK to grieve and celebrate its passing – however, we feel.   2020 has yielded to 2021. This, I celebrate. YPARD... More
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The Impact of COVID-19 on World Food Security

The pandemic of COVID-19 has affected the availability of food worldwide. Due to the restrictions imposed, supply chains have been interrupted, exports have been banned by some countries, catering facilities have been closed and unemployment has risen. The world agricultural system has not been prepared for this unexpected situation and therefore it must be adapted. At the same time, this opens... More
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Pursuing agriculture as a career – my story

“Before I got to know what agriculture really was, I never imagined I could be a part of it”... I have always been connected to the world of nature. Since I was a small kid, I loved exploring flowers, trees and even the smallest insects in the soil. I was excited about every single butterfly or an earthworm. My hands were... More
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IVSA Paklihawa – YPARD Nepal: One Health Webinar Series

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the One Health concept is defined as a collaborative, multisectoral, and interdisciplinary approach at the local, regional, national, and global levels to working towards the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes, recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment. This concept is the key to a safe and sustained... More
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Youth engagement in agriculture post-Covid 19: challenges and opportunities

On November 26, 2020, the YPARD Albania team consisting of Bledar Meta, Elda Muço and Benard Limani, held an online activity with the theme "Youth Engagement in Agribusiness and Agriculture Post-Covid 19, Challenges and Opportunities". This online activity was held on the Zoom platform and was moderated by Elda Muço and Bledar Meta. In this activity, YPARD and YPARD Albania were... More
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Youth as viable pillars of agribusiness growth in Nigeria

YPARD Nigeria hosted the Global Café across Nigeria in different locations in December of 2020. The South West episode held in Ibadan, Oyo State on the 19th of December 2020 in the University of Ibadan-Nigeria. The YPARD Café event which was themed Youth engagement in Agribusiness: Post-COVID-19 brought together 26 young professionals and agribusiness enthusiasts and was well attended with COVID-19... More
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YPARD Café Peru –Resilience and innovation stories by young entrepreneurs through pandemics

Young leaders shared their stories of resilience and innovation at the very first YPARD Café Youth & Inclusive Business: Fostering opportunities at the new normal, held the 29th of November by YPARD Chapter Peru, in this context we could think about the impacts of COVID- 19 pandemics on agribusiness value chains, how organizations are getting over those difficulties and also improving... More
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Global YPARD Café in Rwanda: Insights and highlights

On 12th December 2020, YPARD Rwanda Chapter in partnership with Alliance for Science Rwanda YPARD has run YPARD Global Café in Rwanda via zoom meeting and live-streamed through social media as part of avoiding the spread of COVID-19. On the Global YPARD Café in Rwanda discussion panel, the event went online with 5 panellists. Pacifique Nshimyimana who moderated the event started... More
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YPARD Nigeria Café: Youth engagement in agribusiness post COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a global food emergency that could have long-term impacts on hundreds of millions of children and adults. The soaring high prices of food and unavailability of our staple food here in Africa is a nightmare. This is due mostly to a lack of access to food – as incomes fall, remittances are lost, and in some... More
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How youth can engage in agribusiness post COVID-19

The Young Professionals for Agricultural development (YPARD), over the last couple of years, has offered young people with interest in agriculture, agribusiness, and players within the long diverse value chain a platform to interact, rub minds, share knowledge, expand their businesses, and generally innovate. The rate of agricultural development in Nigeria is still relatively slow; practice being mostly subsistence and smallholdings.... More
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The role of networks in promoting food system transformations

Networks enable people from different backgrounds and knowledge areas to meaningfully connect to one another.  Exchanging knowledge is fundamental to agroecology and to promote paradigm shifts in agriculture and society. The process known as “agroecological transition” can also be understood as a network, which is facilitated by the engagement of different stakeholders that could only bond, meet, and connect through agroecological... More
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Join the Global YPARD Café in Nigeria

YPARD Nigeria is looking forward to hosting Agripreneurs within the next few days in Kano, Oyo and Abia States, Nigeria representing the Northern, Southern and Eastern Regions respectively. Starting from Wednesday 9th, 2020 (Northern and Eastern region) and Saturday 12th December 2020 (southwest region) through the Global YPARD Cafe event Nigeria's Chapter of the Young Professional for Agricultural Development will take... More
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Meet the Voices on the Global YPARD Café in Rwanda

YPARD Rwanda Chapter is thrilled to welcome the youth of Rwanda, agriculture practitioners as well as all food security enthusiasts to join the Global YPARD Café. The event will bring together five guests panellists and youth champions of Agriculture in Rwanda to discuss and share challenges and opportunities arisen from the state of COVID-19 pandemic. This virtual event will take place on... More
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Beating the hurdles of agribusiness in these times

World Food Day is celebrated every year on October 16. It marks the founding day of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This year 2020, the World Food Day under the theme “Growth, Nourish, Sustain, Together” was celebrated as expected even as the world is managing the impact of the global pandemic, Covid-19. As part of this yearly celebration, YPARD Nigeria... More
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YPARD Global Café: The baton handed to Africa

Within the next few days- starting from Saturday 12 December 2020, Africa’s chapters of the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) take up the baton to lead the worldwide forum dubbed the Global YPARD Café (GYC). The YPARD Café within the YPARD Country Chapters has been a platform for discourse by Young Professionals on key youth issues in sustainable food systems.... More
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