Having the opportunity to give back and share what I’ve learnt in these master classes gives me the motivation to continuously find ways to share these lessons from the youth sessions. The only way that we can truly sustain our shared aspirations is by also ensuring that the future generations are given the same (or a better) chance of empowering themselves
Nodar calls himself an organic farmer. Between May and October he stays and works in his village. Nodar has some bees of his own and produces about 500 kg of honey per season. He also borrows 20 cows from his neighbors and looks after them as a shepherd from spring to autumn. He does not own any cows himself. He re-pays his neighbors by sharing what he makes off the milk produce.
Michael Osei, a plant breeder, is currently working on vegetable improvement with emphasis on tomatoes and funding from SCARDA. His research activities focus on identifying farmers’ constraints in the field and designing experiments to find solutions to those problems.
Justin has over eight years’ experience working with communities on fighting against gender-based violence and supporting women empowerment in the African Great Lakes Region. He currently works at Millenia2015 , an NGO he founded with the aim of encouraging communities and people to say no to gender based violence in Eastern DRC.
Wendy collaborates with The Hunger Project – Mexico as a Regional Program Leader working to empower women as key agents of change in the Chiapas , the Altos de Chiapas a Tzotzil-Tzeltal region. Since 2012, she has been working with indigenous communities in raising women’s voice and awareness on the strategic role of women in order for families to achieve food security.
Taryn is a gender specialist whose work focuses on the intersection between gender and agriculture. Previously, she has worked as a Visiting Researcher for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture as well as conducted fieldwork in Kenya, as part of a CCAFS Theme 2 project on women and agriculture.
Bidhya has worked for three CSOs in Nepal and has also documented the case study (success story) of a women involved in push-cart business. Besides, she provided training on Gender Equity and Inclusion as project level activities.
Today I am bidding farewell to the YPARD community to pursue other opportunities. (...) During these months, I’ve had the chance not only to learn and develop my communications skills, but also have I got to know the importance of agriculture in addressing climate change and the important role the youth plays in building a sustainable future.
Titilayo Femi Kings is an extension and communication strategist based in Nigeria. He’s the president of Kings’ Realm International and the International Coordinator of LEAD Initiative, an organization which focuses on youth, community and agricultural development. He has also served as the students’ information officer at The Federal University of Technology.