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Newsletter NOV-JAN 2021/22

‍At the heart of YPARD as a movement are its members, who are encouraged to become active in their area, spread the news about YPARD to other young professionals, encourage a stronger voice of youth in their own organizations and share their views and ideas with other young professionals in the network. We are thrilled to share with you all the exciting initiatives, events, workshops that have occurred in the past months and the exciting opportunities lined up for the coming year.

‍From the Director's Desk: End of Year Edition

Check out the new edition of "from the director's desk," find out what YPARD has accomplished in the past year and our goals for the upcoming year!

Community Spotlight: YPARD Peru Wraps up The IV Edition of The School for Rural Youth

The IV Rural School for Young People, as well as the previous ones, is a response to the lack of support provided in the rural areas of Peru, a sector that has been and continues to be made invisible by the state.

YPARD celebrates #WorldSoilDay!

YPARD member and communications focal point, Dinesh Pandya, writes about the importance of soil health and the impacts of soil on food security and small-scale farmers.

‍Past Events and Initiatives

YPARD on Actions in Youth Leadership Development

‍YPARD was invited to speak at the APEC workshop in early December. The workshop reviewed the state of the food system, food value chain development, challenges, and potential solutions under the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing  the importance of food security, and the role of informatization as well as women and youth empowerment through capacity building in addressing these challenges.

YPARD & EUFRAS Highlight Crucial Role of Youth in EAS

YPARD in cooperation with Young EUFRAS and as part of the 12th GFRAS Annual Meeting, held the online event “ Importance of Youth Engagement in Extension & Rural Advisory Services” focusing on current issues of rural youth, the importance of extension and advisory services, and how mentorship programs in RAS is a response to this need.

Regional Coordinator and Country Representative Meetings

This year, YPARD began having quarterly regional meetings where country representatives from across a region and their regional coordinator to discuss various topics. These meeting will continue in 2022, stay tuned!

‍Current Initiatives....

Upcoming Initiative: GFAR and YPARD Join Forces!

Premiering on Wed, 26th Jan 2022, GFAR Talks is a showcase for debate on challenging and provocative topics related to agri-food system transformation, climate change and innovations in agriculture

Upcoming Initiative: Join YPARD's Working Groups

This January, YPARD is launching two working groups! One is focused on policy & advocacy and the other will focus on mentorship & capacity building for young professionals. This is a great opportunity to with the global coordinating unit and directly support YPARD's mission.

‍YPARD Annual Survey: What's Your Feedback?

It is that time of the year where we take the time to reflect on the work that we have done in YPARD in 2021, but also look forward to 2022. Here, your feedback and experience of YPARD in 2021, is very important to us! This survey will help us identify the areas that we are thriving in and areas that need improvement. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes and will remain open until January 31st, 2022.

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YPARD Newsletter

Note from the editor:

We are delighted to share with you this revamped version of our newsletter! Many changes have occurred at YPARD this past year, and we want to share with you a snippet of what we have been up to. Happy reading!


News from the Global Coordinating Unit

From the director's desk 

The first four months in office have flown by. I already feel YPARD has been my home for much longer than these few short months. My heart is still with all of you who are experiencing challenges due to COVID-19, but also countless other natural and political disasters which are sweeping the world. YPARD is here to show solidarity and to be a network for making the world a better place...Read more. 
New Members of the GCU team

Genna Tesdall, Director 

Genna Tesdall (she/her) is an agriculture systems thinker taking on projects to sustain the environment and people, now as the incoming director of YPARD. She strives to be a servant-leader in order to foster equality between generations (and all delimiters of privilege). Before joining YPARD, she was the federal agricultural policy officer at the German Rural Youth Association (Bund der Deutschen Landjugend) (2020). As a Fulbright Researcher at the Humboldt University of Berlin (2018-19), she focused on youth involvement in agricultural policy, and was the former president (2013-14) of the International Association of Agriculture and Related Sciences Students (IAAS). She is a graduate of the global oriented Iowa State (2015) and Penn State Universities (2018) with a M.Sc. in Plant Pathology and International Agriculture and Development. Contact: [email protected]

Glindys Virginia Luciano, Network Engagement Coordinator 

Glindys Virginia Luciano (GVL) is an interdisciplinary food-systems scientist and the current Network Engagement Coordinator for Young Professionals in Agricultural Development (YPARD). Glindys Virginia is driven to be a food systems and climate action leader and believes the first step to change is evaluating our individual actions and their impacts on the environment but also on other beings. She believes the democratic participation of youth, indigenous people, and POC communities are crucial to properly transform food production, access, and consumption patterns. She holds a B.A. in Food Anthropology (2016) from Connecticut College and an MSc. (2021) in Food Processing and Agriculture Development from the Czech University of Life Sciences. Her research focus areas include product development, and food security. Contact: [email protected]

Valentina Martínez-Salazar, Digital Communications Officer 

Valentina Martínez-Salazar is a Colombian Biologist graduated from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She's currently finishing her Master in "Wildlife Management and Conservation" at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague at the Faculty of Tropical Agrisciences. Her main interests relate to animal behavior, ecology and conservation, especially of bats. Contact: [email protected]



Co-creation is key to supporting youth in small-scale food production: A Pre-COP Side Event with FAO, YOUNGO and YPARD

For the Pre-COP in Italy, YPARD along with FAO and YOUNGO co-organized the Side Event “Creating a resilient livelihood for youth in small-scale food production.” The opening speakers emphasized the barriers to youth in agriculture, especially in small-scale production. YPARD Director Genna Tesdall, as one of the opening speakers, emphasized the need to co-create programs for youth with youth, including supporting programs created by youth...Read more.
YPARD takes part in delivering the Youth Declaration for Food Transformation at the UNFSS 21

We are hungry for change in our food systems. Young people, in all our diversity, have driven food systems change for years, whether through youth organizations or individual efforts. With this youth declaration, we reemphasize our commitments, and ask that those who hold political and financial power in the food system, including governments and businesses, take action with us...Read more.
YPARD and the United Nations Food Summit 2021: Policy Position

As the largest global network for young professionals in agricultural development, YPARD is engaging in a consultative process to conduct the views of our network to the actors present at the UN Food Systems Summit and Pre-Summit. We call on all stakeholders to take full responsibility for their actions and responses, or non-responses, to the numerous crises we face in agrifood systems, and to consistently and democratically engage youth, in all our diversity, in the solutions-making and implementation processes...Read more.
Want youth to transform the food system? Let's talk finance.

In the last several years, dialogue around safe and nutritious food has evolved from talks about productivity towards post-productionist goals. What does it really mean to consume food that is produced in an ethical manner and in a fashion which respects farmers, animals, the environment and consumers? The conversation is still evolving, and YPARD is honored to contribute at the global level as the youth constituency is increasingly recognized...Read more.


Community Spotlight

Why Virtual Coffee Chats? Behind the idea with YPARD Belgium's Country Representative, Michael Ruggeri.

Being part of YPARD means being part of a community spanning across continents and countries with very different needs and plans when it comes to agriculture and rural development. Still, what brings all YPARDians together is their willingness to do more by learning from their peers, sharing experiences and acting as one when the need arises...Read more.



Oct 1, 2021: Harnessing the power of youth for enhanced climate action in the lead up to COP26...Learn more.

Oct 4, 2021: Creating Youth Consultative Processes in Agriculture and Food Policy Spaces...Learn more.

Oct 18, 2021: Do you want to register your YPARD chapter? YPARD Albania's and YPARD Philippine's experience...Learn more.



Vacancy: Become YPARD Nigeria's next communication focal point! Learn more.



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