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YPARD Monthly Newsletter - April

Farewell to Courtney Paisley

The entire YPARD community came together to bid goodbye to the outgoing YPARD director, Courtney Paisley, whose term at YPARD came to a close. 

Welcoming the incoming YPARD Director: Myriam Perez

YPARD is delighted to welcome Myriam Perez as the incoming YPARD Director. Myriam is a graduate with a Master’s degree on Sustainable Development for Agriculture (Agris Mundus) and a Bachelor in Agricultural Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Spain.

To an unsung disruptive leader

As the outgoing YPARD director, Courtney Paisley, bids farewell to the young agriculturists’ network, former Communications and Knowledge Manager, Marina Cherbonnier, reflects on Courtney’s game-changing impact as a disruptive leader working towards truly sustainable development.

Passing on the YPARD mantle

Courtney Paisley looks back at her time at YPARD, seven and a half years to be exact, and pens down some of the lessons learned while relaying her gratitude towards the vibrant YPARD community.

Welcoming YPARD Serbia country representative: Julijana Kuzmic

We are delighted to welcome the new YPARD Serbia country representative Julijana Kuzmic . Julijana is a graduate from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad , Serbia with a Bachelor's degree in journalism.


YPARD Nigeria: Promoting youth agripreneurship in Africa

Eric Terver, YPARD Nigeria representative, reports on the proceedings from the workshop ‘’Integrating women and youth in the agricultural value chain for increased productivity, jobs, income and food and nutrition security: The role of advocacy’’ held in  Libreville, Gabon in line with the recent 14th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development (CAADP) Partnership Platform meeting.

YPARD Nepal participates in Kathmandu Food Fair

From 23rd to 25th March 2018, YPARD Nepal team joined the Nepal Department of Food Technology and Quality Control ( DFTQC ) and the Nepal Food Scientist and Technologist Association ( NEFOSTA ) for a three days long “Food Fair” aimed at promoting traditional foods from Nepal.

YPARD Russia: A chocolate life – YES lab journey and memories

Yana Perevoshchikova, YPARD Russia representative, reminisces on her participation at the Youth Encounter on Sustainability (YES lab) and takes us through the traditional process of preparing chocolate in Costa Rica.

YPARD Nigeria: Tapping into agricultural opportunities

In line with the YPARD objective of promoting agriculture among youth, the YPARD Nigeria team organized an agricultural summit on the 21st of April in Delta state, Nigeria under the theme "Opportunities in agriculture".


Youth in Agricultural Cooperatives - Challenges and opportunities

This report, the result of a joint research study between the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) and the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, explores youth’s perspectives and needs for engaging in agricultural cooperatives.

Putting Innovation (S) at the Centre of Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security in Zimbabwe

This paper by Raymond Erick Zvavanyange, YPARD Zimbabwe representative, explores the concept of opposing forces to innovation as espoused by researchers and practitioners within the framework of climate change, agriculture and food security in Zimbabwe.


5 years of YPARD: a life-changing journey

In this testimonial, Ivana Radic, the outgoing YPARD Serbia representative shares her experience working as the chapter lead, the impact they managed to achieve and her next steps as the chapter fundraising lead.