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.
Yasmeen Atta is the chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of Sinai Youth for Development and Human Rights. She is also the founder of the Youth Sinai Development Company. Through both organizations Yasmeen works to encourage women to take an active role in their communities through agriculture and handmade products.
Eric Izerimana is a young recent agricultural graduate from the University of Rwanda who after sending tons of applications to different institutions, finally joined the GAI Ltd as district coordinator. Most agricultural graduates wonders where they will find jobs but for him, he thinks that they are potential engines of job creation thus encourages them not to give up and market their knowledge.
Vedran Krevh is the National Director of IAAS Croatia. He's enrolled at the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Zagreb and he's is currently developing the project "Green Mediterranean" in Croatia with the scope of training students in organic agriculture and sustainable development, as well as in raising awareness on the problems in rural development of the Mediterranean region.