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Digital forum: Sharing the YPARD perspective

We are proud to announce to the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) community that Laureene Reeves Ndagire, a member of YPARD Uganda has been listed as one of the speakers for the IFOAM – Organics International and the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF)’s Digital Forum: Food without Farmers.

Laureene is an eminent young professional in agriculture who has a deep understanding of both the rural and urban farming terrain. As a young farmer from Kayunga- Uganda, her name is synonymous to Farm Connect - a subscription-based share scheme of which she is the founder. Through this scheLaureeneme, fresh fruits and vegetables are sourced from urban gardens and smallholder farmers and distributed to consumers within Kampala on a regular basis. She is currently working with 50 farmers who grow fresh vegetables, herbs, pineapples, pawpaw, bananas and other African indigenous vegetables.

Laureene holds a BA (Hons.) in Organizations, Work and Technology (OWT) and a Master's degree in Human Resources and Knowledge Management from the Lancaster University Management School (UK). Her experience in the agricultural sector presents her as an expert in agricultural markets, prices and value chain analysis. She is well known as an advocate for gender-inclusive value chain innovation platforms. By her active involvement in Agricultural and Rural Development Programs, Laureene has distinguished herself as a source of inspiration to many youths- particularly within the YPARD community.

About the digital forum: Food without Farmers

In the context of tackling the world’s current unsustainable agricultural model, the digital forum will discuss the perceived implications of the trend toward lab-grown food on smallholder farmers. The forum’s discussions will encompass sustainable food systems; incentivization for farmers; reducing the impact of unsustainable agriculture on biodiversity and livelihoods; how to equip farmers with the skills and knowledge they want and need, among others.

We would like to encourage you to register to participate in this interesting digital forum which comes off on 23rd April 2020 from 13:00 to 15:00 CEST. Follow this link to register.

Photo Credit: Laureene Reeves Ndagire