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YPARD Monthly Newsletter - March

Where next for the YPARD network?

Within the last 10 years of its existence, YPARD has made major strides growing to be a thought leader when it comes to amplifying the voices of youth on topical issues in agricultural development.With the YPARD business plan 2014-2018 coming to a close, YPARD held a strategic planning meeting to map out the network priorities in the coming years.

Call for Applications: Youth leaders for the GLF Investment Case

Are you a young entrepreneur, investor or student interested in sustainable finance? Or are you passionate about reaching millions online through creative storytelling? If yes, apply to be part of the upcoming 2018 Global Landscapes Forum Investment Case that will bring together a variety of stakeholders making moves in mobilizing green finance into land restoration.

Digital empowerment: Gender-responsive approach

On the account of 2018 International Womens' Day, Moses Owiny, one of the YPARD youth and gender focal point persons makes a case for benefits that accrue as a result of continued empowerment of women and girls.

Breaking grounds for a strong YouthInRAS Global Network

Post the GFRAS annual meeting in Australia last year, the youth present at the meeting decided to unite, work together and form a global #YouthInRAS network. Their first idea was to organize a series of webinars that would be a tangible arguement to showcase their engagement to achieve this prospect to the GFRAS Steering Committee. Here is  outcome of their first webinar.

#Foresight4Ag: Empowering rural communities to determine their own futures

Four YPARD members joined GFAR and FARA in the facilitation of a Collective Action embedding foresight into agricultural research and innovation in Africa . The participants brainstormed on the forces and drivers shaping the futures of agricultural research and innovations, their interactions or mutual influences, and building scenarios based on the states of the most influential forces they have identified.

YPARD CHAPTERS AROUND THE WORLD

YPARD Ghana: Inspiring young agricultural students to identify agricultural opportunities

YPARD Ghana partnered with the International Association of Agricultural Students ( IAAS-Legon ) in conjunction with Consumer Science Students Association to celebrate their 39th Green Week celebration under the theme: Redefining the role of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences through entrepreneurship.

YPARD Namibia: Youth and responsible agricultural investments within agricultural food systems

Discover more on the Rapid Capacity Assessment Tool whose aim is to help interested practitioners carry out a multi-stakeholder assessment of existing and needed capacities to engage and empower youth to benefit from the responsible investment in agriculture and food systems.

YPARD Europe: Meat consumption as a challenge: evidence from data and policies

Francesca Allievi, The President of the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN) Alumni Association and researcher at the BCFN Foundation, shares with us details of her inspiring PhD research topic on meat consumption and its effect on our environmental resources.

Café d’entrepreneuriat d’YPARD RDC

En date du samedi 24 mars 2018, La Maison des Jeunes de Masina, a abrité une journée spéciale pour 35 jeunes venus de la capitale Kinshasa, tous membres d’YPARD RDC, pour échanger, partager et discuter sur l’entrepreneuriat selon les réalités congolaises.

YPARD Uganda: My 3D experience from the 2018 YPARD strategic plan meeting and fundraising training

Paul Zaake, YPARD Uganda representative, tells us his genesis with the YPARD network and what it meant to be part of the recent YPARD strategic planning meeting in Czech Republic.

YPARD Spain: Small cities and migrants’ reception

María jesús Blanco, a member of YPARD Spain, reports on the outcomes of the GFAR and Fondation du Dialogue Sud-Nord Méditerranée meeting that took place in the ville of Marche-en-Fammennes and foccused on small cities.The meeting sought to discuss how small towns in rural territories of the Mediterranean can act as catalysts of inclusive development reducing rural migration.

YPARD Armenia: The Armenian case against deforestation

Lilith Musinyan, YPARD Armenia member, reports back from her participation at the Youth Uniting to Halt Deforestation workshop and conference organized by joint efforts of the International Forestry Student Association ( IFSA ), the Global Landscapes Forum ( GLF ) and the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF).

YPARD Ghana: Building inclusive agricultural technologies for young people

Young people are best placed to understand and clearly voice out issues that their fellow youth are facing. This was the premise that the Restless Development and the MasterCard Foundation stood on to introduce the youth to youth-led research methodology. The goal of the research was to investigate the barriers and opportunities around agricultural technologies ideation, promotion, and uptake by young people in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Malawi and Zambia.

YP OF THE MONTH

YPARDian bags home the 2017 SFIAR Master Thesis award!

In 2017, YPARD member Sebastian Mengel was the recipient of the SFIAR Master Thesis award for his collaborative research with YPARD, Bern and CGIAR CRP drylands program on agricultural livelihoods of rural youth in the drylands of Midelt, Morocco. He tells us about the award and what it means for young professionals in agriculture.