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YPARD Newsletter June - July 2020

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 in agriculture, rural development, and across food systems.

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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 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. Nearly all this population growth 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.

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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. Is there a solution to involve younger populations in agriculture?

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Combating food insecurity in Nepal amid COVID-19

Besides political instability, natural disasters, unemployment and migration, issues that have challenged Nepal to be sustainable and self- sufficient for many years, COVID-19 has also forced the country to take measures to protect smallholder farmers and consumers. This article brings some of the initiatives taken by the Government of Nepal and allied agencies or groups to combat COVID-19 in the country.

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Kenyan smallholder farmers unbowed to COVID-19

The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to wreak havoc all over the world forcing governments to impose restrictions and quarantine to contain the spread to "flatten the curve". And these measures have consequently crippled economies and supply chains worldwide. Here are some of the ways Kenya is dealing with the situation.

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E-forum: Possible YouthInAg dynamics post-COVID-19

On 21st of May 2020, YPARD Philippines hosted an E-Forum in partnership with Dream Agritech Consultancy Services and co-presented by YPARD Global and WhyFarm. The web discussion aimed to map out the possible dynamics of youth-in-agriculture post-COVID-19 given the current status and trends and offered plenty of insights on how to drive engagement of youth.

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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. Digital markets can offer a solution out of this problem.

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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. Samson Ogbole, a farmer and agribusiness expert, reflects on how young people can identify opportunities in the agribusiness sector both during and post COVID-19.

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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 local, passionate, and engaged leaders, and invite applications until August 13th.

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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.

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My YPARD internship experience

Beaula Fadzayi Chipoyera writes about her experiences in the YPARD Europe team on an internship experience as a communication and blog writer. She writes about her experience as to how the YPARD platform greatly inspired and motivated her to seek and to make a life-long contribution towards sustainable food production systems.

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