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Hynek was born on January 26th, 1991, in Prague Czech Republic. His passion for agriculture started at a very early age. As a child he would help his family in their home garden where they would grow vegetables, potatoes and other crops, this experience leads him to pursue a career in agriculture.
In 2013 he graduated at CZU with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Development in Tropics and Subtropics, in 2015 he obtained his Master of Science in Sustainable Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics. As early as 2018 he finalized his Ph.D. studies and obtained his degree in Sustainable Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics. Throughout his studies, he won various awards for his outstanding research work. He was awarded by the Czech Ministry of Agriculture for his excellent Ph.D. research, by the Hlávka Foundation for his contribution to science and by his university (CZU Prague) for the best publication output. His main focus is organic waste management, however, he continues to expand his expertise, either in food security issues or different environmental aspects.
Born in the late 1980s in Kasese in the western part of Uganda, Charles Masereka Yoronimu is a Ugandan Youth leader, Farmer, Blogger, Accountant, Sports leader and Climate Activist. He is the communications focal person for YPARD Uganda chapter, ensuring that adequate and useful information is relayed to youth. He is also the founder of YAFRA Uganda, a community-based organization that works to train and inspire youth to engage in agriculture as an alternative source of income and livelihood, empowering youth to be self-reliant through creating and supporting youth-based projects. The organization is also involved in undertaking Climate Action initiates, like climate change sensitization campaigns, tree planting, tree distribution, community engagement through community cleanups.
Hailing from a family with parents who are farmers themselves, Masereka developed the love for agriculture at an early age of 12 years, with a jackfruit tree he planted and that still survives to date. From the benefits he derived from this tree, he realized that there was an opportunity he could tap from farming. After being educated by parents with funds generated from agriculture, Masereka opted to try out what his parents are good at and that was the start of his journey to active farming. He is mainly involved in urban farming in the central city district of Wakiso as well as large-scale farming in his home district of Kasese.
It was beginning of February 2013 when I first exchanged emails with Martina Graf about getting on board with YPARD. At the time, I was attending a seminar named Be Part of the Worlds Future.
Well, being a part of YPARD surely provides the opportunity to be building Agriculture Worlds Future!
Since 2008, The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) has been honoring graduates and scientists working in agricultural research for development with two awards categories; the team award and the Master Thesis award. The awards aim at supporting relevant agricultural research for development (ARD) as well as promoting knowledge on and visibility of Swiss ARD.
In 2017, YPARD member, Sebastian Mengel, was the recipient of the Master Thesis award for his collaborative research with YPARD, HAFL and CGIAR CRP drylands program on agricultural livelihoods of rural youth in the drylands of Midelt, Morocco.
I was reading an article Youth, Farming and Research written by YPARD Director, Courtney Paisley which motivated me to see the reason why young professionals need to be engaged in shaping the future of agriculture. In the same magazine, I also got an opportunity to publish a short featured article where I was telling a story that how young people can contribute enormously to farming and agricultural production. Till the date, I feel so lucky to be a part of the YPARD community.
YPARD Iran recently introduced the new irrigation system called Climate-Smart Irrigation (CSI) system for perennial plants and trees. This invention relates to agriculture, natural resources and environment, in which the capabilities of the invented device are used to increase the irrigation efficiency. This device optimizes the usage of irrigation water of perennial plants.
Collecting rainwater and surface water using the conventional methods, despite the possibility of their evaporation, cannot be an efficient method for conserving water for plant use. The ability of rain water to percolate makes it accessible for plants although, in the most cases, due to loss of vegetation, the water runs off and causes flood. Moreover, due to climate variations over the past few years, large amount of rainwater flows in the form of soil surface run-off and becomes inaccessible for plants. In perennial plants, the water usage efficiency (WUE) is very low when using drop irrigation due to the lack of water reaching the active parts of the root of these plants.
This testimonial by M. Abdur Rahaman Rana is part of YPARD's showcase on young people and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Bangladesh is a small country which is vulnerable to different types of environmental disasters.
Determining when your light will shine is almost impossible. Its just a matter of patience, commitment and continuous personal development over time- not forgetting your professional development. In the African context, the means for the youth to gain accurate competencies to build their expertise and professionalism on various sectors, generally depend on the system and environment they find themselves in. In all the five regions of Africa, it is a real challenge for youth in the Central African States. Its surprising to see the potentials and assets this region posseses which could help include the youth in the development processes and practices.
I recall when I was awarded my Master of Science in Plant Physiology and Improvement at the University of Yaounde in Cameroon, my home country in October 2014. I wondered, What next? Staying glued only to the training I have acquired will keep me off the field. I dont want to be restricted to the laboratory. I asked myself how I was going to amass some invaluable experience to boost my career and land a job. The first thought that came to me was to try agriculture and see if I would find a way. I got this idea so aptly since my research project focussed on the cocoa value chain.
This testimonial by Ramona Cibotaru is part of YPARD's showcase on young people and the Sustainable Development Goals.
My career path in agriculture is unusual.
This testimonial by Mariola Acosta is part of YPARD's showcase on young people and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls surely requires a certain level of investment and specific policy interventions that directly tackle the root causes of gender inequality. However, these investments and interventions will likely be fruitless if they don´t come alongside a willingness for change and a deep change of mindset from researchers, practitioners, policy makers and the general public.
This testimonial by Marc Ghislain is part of YPARD's showcase on young people and the Sustainable Development Goals.
In an era where population, technologies and modernization are fast growing, meeting up with the basic food needs of the population worldwide is one of the greatest challenges nations and international institutions are witnessing nowadays.
This testimonial by Aime Kazika is part of YPARD's showcase on young people and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Traversé du nord au sud, de lest à louest par dinnombrables savanes arborescentes, une hydrographie riche et variée, un climat favorable ; le Congo, mon pays, réputé dêtre « scandale géologique» de par son sous-sol riche en minerais rarissimes et « grenier agricole africain », il est loin de développer une industrie florissante capable de résorber la pauvreté tant des jeunes que pour tout congolais. La population à majorité jeune a moins de 40 ans, vit dans une précarité indescriptible sans accès au minimum vital reconnu pour tout homme. Pas dinfrastructures, la vie reste rudimentaire pour beaucoup des jeunes avec qui jéchange souvent, et aucune lueur despoir ne sort de leurs yeux.
This testimonial by Dinesh Panday is part of YPARD's showcase on young people and the Sustainable Development Goals.
A farmer applies fertilizer when soil fertility is low. In the same way, fields are irrigated when there is low soil moisture.
This testimonial by Miguel is part of YPARD's showcase on young people and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Hola a todos.
I grew up in a small scale farmers family in 1970s, just like over 3/4th of the youth who live in rural areas of developing countries, mostly sustaining on agriculture.
My parents would do all farming activities, hardly discussing with me any issues concerning agriculture. They would neither ask me to join in their day to day work nor teach me about crops being grown, harvested and sold. Growing up there was no role for me in my household as far as farming was concerned. I was thus, totally detached from the farming activities and was just concentrating on my studies. Maybe my parents realized farming is not lucrative enough and I must focus on my studies to do something better than farming. Or maybe it is because I used to see my parents toiling hard and clearly it was a back breaking vocation for small-scale farmers like my parents then and still it is almost the same hard work now. I had no way to reduce their drudgery. I did not have any ideas on how to help them and maybe even no motivation to contribute to farming. Unfortunately, the scenario has not changed much, when I see young people in my village.
My name is Himalaya Subedi and i was born and raised on an agricultural farm land by my parents in the rural area of Nepal.
As a child I played with the soil/sand and was fascinated by my surroundings that included plants and small scale traditional farmers.They fanned my passion for agriculture which eventually earned me a scholarship from Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science in Nepal, where I completed my intermediate to bachelor degree in agricultural science. In 2007 I got my first job as an agriculture program coordinator in agriculture through a local project implementation organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in the rural areas of Nepal.While working, I became more and more engaged in the service I was providing for my country and mainly the impact my contribution was having to the rural people, who were unaware on how to use agricultural technologies even those available in the local context. For this, I became committed to work with these people.In 2015, I was nominated for the National Youth Forum on Agro-based Entrepreneurship Development (#NYFAED15) training organized by YPARD Nepal and after attending this training I became an active and registered member of YPARD. Through the YPARD network, I found many informative links to study, research funds, trainings as well as opportunities for workshops, seminars and conferences to participate in. After subscribing to the YPARD website, I also followed the network on social media, mainly their Facebook group, where I have met many like-minded friends who share their passion for agriculture.
Last year, I was fortunate to be one of the 10 young champions who were part of the Education Landscape Challenge in 2015 under the mentorship of Cora Van Oosten and James Mulkerrins from the Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation – with the support of other Challenge Partners from Landscapes for People, Food and Nature, Wageningen UR, EcoAgriculture Partners, and the World AgroForestry Center.
I still remember Cora saying that Education Landscape Challenge at Youth In Landscape Initiative came to light before the launch of the call for youth innovators. However, our team developed the idea of an online self-assessment tool, called LandSelf which allows you to enter your current knowledge and skills and in return generates a customized curriculum to fill the gaps in your landscape knowledge.
It was time to take a preliminary degree course in a Nigerian university, just like every other Nigerians of my age. My interest was much heightened to study one of the “influential” or rather popular university courses and for me it was Electrical Electronics Engineering. I had my pre-degree form painstakingly completed and neatly packaged for submission with all documents expressly attached. The excitement of a potential engineer heralded me, till an official at the point of submission sought to have a word with me.
He narrated to me the competitiveness of getting into the faculty of engineering to study Electrical Electronics Engineering in a prestigious university as am applying for and strongly suggested that I consider applying to study ANY other course offered in the faculty of agriculture to brighten my chance of admission.
There are things that school doesn’t teach us. It is true that it has the role to prepare us for the career we chose, therefore most of the times we memorise by heart definitions, theories and formulas. We have been taught complicated things, just because sometimes it sounds better, during my entire life, I can barely recall most of them, However, I have learnt that agriculture doesn’t require one to know by heart hundreds of books but instead it requires some passion and determination and everything else follows.
I remember a question that our professors used to ask us in the first year of university; Why did you choose to do agriculture? It was quite funny because most students, myself included, were asking ourselves the same question and for some I think they are still doing it. However, at that time I thought that there was a specific answer they were expecting to hear so, I kept searching for the right answer during my four years at the university. And guess what? There isn’t a right answer as to why you should start doing agriculture. You either do it because you need a job, because you came from a family where agriculture is a tradition or like me because you want and you can (you love it).
My father’s love of gardening intrigued me. He would often graft roses and create bushes with multi-colour blooms. The plants were beautiful and the budding scientist in me kept wondering, how are plants able to do this?The first plant I ever grew is the commonly known ‘Red Apples’ (Aptenia cordifolia). My primary school teacher asked everyone to bring in a rinsed 1L soft drink bottle unknowingly to all of us that we were making mini-greenhouses. The teacher chose a variety of plants but A. cordifolia, stood out to me as I thought it was a “broken plant” for i couldn't see the roots. I was assured that it would grow, and it certainly did. “How is this possible?!” I keep wondering and this sparked my quest to discover more about the incredible world of plants.
I am a PhD student working on plant genetics (at The University of Adelaide, The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls) and am also currently doing an internship with The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation.
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