I am very glad to be part of the first ten years of YPARD. I am one of the thousands of youths who have benefited from YPARD’s work, activities, and information. Without a doubt, I will always be grateful for their help in shaping my present.
Growing up on the farm, in the rural area, provides a unique life experience. You learn many life skills and lessons. It can be exciting but there are times that it can be challenging as well. “I didn't think much of these rural experiences at the time, but I have begun to appreciate them lately in my work and life. Anytime I step on the farm, I become like a child again”
Many countries have stressed that many youth are no longer interested in agriculture. Yes, this was me at first; but now because of the work of YPARD, you can interact with thousands of young, bright innovative minds who have plans to transform the image of agriculture.
"Never listen to those who discourage you trying a new idea, to bring a difference in your life. Pig is a lovely animal worth rearing for profit and prosperity; it’s not a dirty animal for sure as they can give a decent income if one knows how to raise them well " says Mr. Amar Singh
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.