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Equipping leaders for agriculture

Across the different segments in the agricultural sector, an agreement was reached on the increasing need to have future leaders or professionals cut across the various aspect of the value chain. More importantly, the need to have professionals that will take charge of the growing population, the food needs and ultimately be equipped with knowledge, skills - especially in leadership, entrepreneurship... More

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Facilitating knowledge exchange for inclusive agripreneurship growth

Research on  youth has shown that learning, challenges, exchange of ideas, sharing of solutions to peculiar problems and mentorship are useful in ensuring their success in whatever sector they find themselves. This is no different for youth in the agricultural sector irrespective of the point of the value chain they find themselves. To drive home this message was one of the... More

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From Hoe to iPad: YPARD & IAAS hosts event in Nigeria

The theme of the event was picked from an event held by FANRPAN a few years back. The idea was to help the Agriculture faculty students see the new directions of agriculture from just farming to agribusiness while placing more emphasis on the comfortable and enjoyable life that youth in agriculture can live and enjoy if they do things right. YPARD... More

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Integration for Food Security and Poverty Alleviation

It is definitely important and beneficial when activities in the research sphere fit in and meet the needs and priorities of its target group. When looked at holistically, it is important that research institutions, whether international, regional or national, ensure their research and results meet the need of the countries where they find themselves. This was the core of discussions and... More

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YPARDians in Nigeria - Welcome to 2015!

Nigeria has continued to lead the pack of countries doing their best to revitalize the agriculture sector in Africa. It is further quite interesting to see the role many young people are playing in this dynamic field. Over the years, the activities of this youth network have continued to grow. Members have found a place to not only receive important information... More

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  • Nigeria
  • Sharing Information and connecting people
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Shared thinking and team work – a fresh start

To enhance our activities in Nigeria and ensure the effectiveness of YPARD in the country - especially as it relates to achieving our strategic objectives of mobilizing more members and stakeholders and build youth's capacities - a call for application was made in December 2013 for Young Professionals to be part of the National Working Group for YPARD Nigeria. We are... More

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Calling for new YPARD Nigeria team's members!

Call for Application  The Young Professionals’ Platform for Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD) Nigeria, seeks young, dynamic and talented agriculture professionals for four (4) volunteer positions, - Communications and Awareness Officer, Partnership Officer, Program Officer and Administrative Officer (Secretary). YPARD is a Young Professional’s Platform for Agricultural Research for Development. It has a mission to serve as a global platform through... More

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Averting a "time bomb" - The IITA Example

“They are an opportunity if we convert their energies (the youth) to agricultural development but they could be a ‘time bomb’ if we fail to do so,”- President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Dr Kanayo Nwanze. The above words were expressed by the IFAD President Dr. Kanayo during his speech in August 2012 when he visited the International... More

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Youth: get geared up!

The 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week with the theme;- “Africa Feeding Africa through Agricultural Science and Innovation” was held between the 15th and 21st of July 2013 at Accra, Ghana and put together by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). It was an event  that I was happy to have participated in. You might wonder why I have said... More
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“I Left Nigeria Once, I will Leave Again”

“I Left Nigeria Once, I will Leave Again” - Many might wonder what I am talking about. But before I tell you where I left for and why, let me give you a brief background on my journey into Agriculture. As a young boy, I grew up around computers. From an early age I could handily clone, with my own hands... More

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“It was Awesome”: The YPARD On the-ground Awareness at Kogi State University, Nigeria

’’It finally came true’’, these were the words I said to myself as the activities of the day ended. Over the past months myself and another YPARD member in Kogi State Nigeria:  Apeh Omede who happens to also be a staff at  Kogi State University in the Department of Animal Production, had planned a YPARD Awareness with the support of YPARD... More

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Promoting entrepreneurship through social media

This article by Olawale Ojo, Nigeria, was published on CTA's ICT Update magazine of February 2013 (n.70) (download the full magazine) Olawale Isaiah Ojo uses the social media to inform the youth about agricultural entrepreneurship. Followers have asked questions, made enquiries on how to start up agribusinesses, where and how they can gather the needed training for themselves to specialize in... More

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EXPLORING THE COCOA INDUSTRY

I never gave so much attention to the cocoa industry during all my studies of opportunities for youth in agribusiness. Majorly, I was reluctant because i just had this uneasy feeling about the waiting period of 3 to 5 years before making profit and the fact that it requires some reasonable amount of volume in terms of quantity and quality. In... More

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6 WAYS TO A RIGHT START IN AGRIBUSINESS IN 2013.

As we step into the year 2013, a lot of indications of earlier activities of the last quarter of 2012 show that serious attention would be drawn to agriculture, with a business unusual dimension for the sector. What this means is that agriculture would no longer be seen as mere farming- a laborious venture with lot of waiting period for benefits... More

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FAMILY FARMING – a means to Promote Youth’s Involvement in Agriculture and Agribusiness

Among the many highlights of my participation at the Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2)  with the theme FORESIGHT AND PARTNERSHIP FOR INNOVATION AND IMPACT ON SMALL-HOLDER LIVELIHOODS at Punta del Este, Uruguay on 29th October to November 1, 2012, one experience that I would not forget very quickly was the visit to the Solari Family Farm in... More

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IT IS REALLY COOL TO FARM

“Agribusiness, Cool business” were the words on the lips of the 39 youths that came together in Akure Ondo state Nigeria on the 21st of November 2012 to be part of the COOL TO FARM Workshop series by Agropreneur Nigeria and the OAC-Agro Advocacy Initiative. The main purpose of the workshop was to show to the youth that agriculture can be... More

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  • Nigeria
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My Experience at the All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (AFAN) Ondo State Chapter Meeting

On the 15th of May 2012, I and a friend decided to see and observe the activities of the All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (AFAN) Ondo State Chapter. We went out of keen interest to associate with other farmers and see how the association can come up to sensitize the youth more about agriculture. Maybe before I share what I experienced,... More

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Ways Nigeria Universities can optimize the student industrial working experience scheme (SIWES) Program to boost agricultural research and development (ARD)

Today, I watched as students in their fourth year in my university (Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria) picked up their log book for the six month SIWES program. This is generated some thoughts in my head as it relates to the development and sustainability of agriculture among young people especially those studying courses related to agriculture. The Student Industrial Working... More

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Youth reshaping their future through agriculture

AT AKURE, NIGERIA. THE ENTERPRENEUR UNDER 25 (EU-25) FORUM THEME: AGRIC-BUSINESS On April 29 2012, fifteen (15) young men and women came together to discuss on the future of agriculture and agric-business in Nigeria. The EU-25 is a monthly entrepreneur forum which is done over lunch where entrepreneurs under the age of 25 come together to discuss on how effectively create... More

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