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A network that grows proves the need for its existence

2016’s 10year celebrations of the young professionals for agricultural development’s network (YPARD) are generating a series of festivities online and on the ground, all around the world and throughout the year. The third Global Conference for Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3) offered the floor for the YPARD’s global face-to-face anniversary. A hundred of people – young and senior – from every... More

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Empowering Youth in Agriculture: 10 years in review

In order to celebrate the young professionals for agricultural development (YPARD)’s 10 years of key milestones, we have prepared an infographic and a video that will lead you through YPARD’s progress in enhancing youth participation in the sector. Find out the development of YPARD since its beginnings. It includes the building of YPARD Structure on national, regional and global level, with... More
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Mainstreaming youth at the GCARD3 Global Event

The GCARD3 Global event is pioneering a stronger involvement of the youth in global agricultural discussions by giving them leading roles in the core conference. Young people will be able to bring youth perspectives to the forefront as plenary speakers, catalysts, and as GCARD partner on behalf of YPARD: young professionals for agricultural development. Meet them: Youth at the Partner Assembly Seven YPARD... More

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Announcing 14 GCARD3 Youth delegates

Within two weeks, 96 young professionals from every region of the world applied to be part of the GCARD3 Global event’s youth delegation. The team will be given the mission to be the voice of the youth: to be part of the discussions online and onsite, to solicit their peers to contribute with their own input, and to particularly express those youth... More

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Halfway on the GCARD3 Youth journey

In one month, the GCARD3 Global event will be kicking off. GCARD3 is not a mere event, it is a process. While the preparation of the global event involves shaping up the program and the delegations, the communications coverage, logistics and tutti quanti, collective agricultural development directions are already discussed throughout national and regional consultations, ahead of the global event. At... More

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Celebrating YPARD10years with cakes, ambassador videos and YPARD country activities

In 2016, YPARD celebrates its 10th anniversary. Early January, we sent a call to YPARD members to join #YPARD10Years Celebrations. We invited them to bake a cake, shoot a 1 minute testimonial video about YPARD or to create their own activities - throughtout the year. Meet our first #YPARD10Years Ambassadors Three very active YPARD members kicked off the #YPARD10years Testimonial Videos... More

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Young Innovators tell about their experience with the youth-in-landscapes

Three months ago, 50 “landscapes” youth innovators were embarking in a life-changing adventure with the “youth-in-landscapes” initiative. Back to their “normal life”, they took the time to reflect on their experience: how it impacted them and what their vision is, to carry on being active leaders of change for sustainable development. They shared their thoughts through inspiring testimonials. What clearly comes out of their... More

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Suffering in agriculture

My grand parents still living in a rural area called Zaouit Sidi Hamza, this one of many marginalized areas in the regions of Midelt city, which is located in the center south of Morocco,every year I used to visit them and I touch their suffering in their livelihood. All the people especially the youth there complain about the indifference that they... More

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FAO gives Students the floor to bring Youth Perspectives to Policy makers on Agri-Biotechnology

On the occasion of the international symposium: The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition, a special interactive youth session was co-organized by Office of Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development (OPC) of FAO and YPARD : the “Young Professionals for Agricultural Development” network. Seven universities from around the world grasped the chance to follow and contribute the symposium... More

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From Zoology to Agriculture

With a BSc in zoology, one will wonder how I found my self in agriculture. Upon my graduation, all I thought of was conserving endangered species around the world. Today, my passion for agriculture has grown so much that all I think about is how to make small holder farmer’s lives better. With no academic background in agriculture, all I had... More

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Celebrate your community online – YPARD’s 10 years

Mariola (Spain), Vincent (Uganda) and Simon (the UK) have already started the #YPARD10years festivities - join them! YPARD turned 10 this year. May you have joined YPARD a long time ago, just recently or not yet, YPARD is YOUR international community of young professionals for agricultural development, and its supporters. You are at the centre of its “raison d’être” and the... More

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YPARD...beyond a “platform”, a motor for action – Take part!

You have been in touch with YPARD for a while, or you just got to know about it, and you wonder how you could get more involved with this young people’s network - actively. You are strongly welcome to come joining forces with us on getting the new generation take a crucial role for agricultural development – YPARD is your community!... More
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A central stage for the youth, for World Food Security

Youth had an unprecedented central stage at the 42nd Committee on World Food Security. For the first time talent development and the role of youth in food security was explored in the Committee for Food Security (CFS). YPARD played a strong role in framing two side events that brought strong youth innovators to the sessions and encouraged member states to give more... More

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Opportunity: 5 YPARD members to attend GFAR’s social media training for GCARD3!

Long gone are the days where social media was considered merely as "just fun for the kids". Social media is now an essential part of communications. It is now central to expand outreach and stimulate dialogues and collective actions among professionals in agricultural development. Still, the diversity of tools and the intrinsic of how to use them effectively are overwhelming. Sharpen... More
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When the Mediterranean youth takes the lead

A YPARD Delegation of young professionals from the southern and northern mediterranean region was invited by the GFAR to participate to the 4th Mediterranean Congress 2015: Rural Communities, No Longer Left Behind, in Milan, co-organized by the Fondation du Dialogue Sud-Nord Méditerranée. In no time we gathered 17 young people from 11 countries (from both north and south), with 50% of... More

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Youth and the future of forests they want

Youth’s engagement was vibrant both physically and online during this year's World Forestry Congress. As young people, we wanted to generate strong youth’s discussions, content and outcome statements; we had paved the way for that by proposing 15 youth cross-cutting aspects to think about throughout the World Forestry Congress. Read: mainstreaming Youth for sustainable forest and people’s futures: 15 youth cross-cutting... More

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The Role of Young professionals in Shaping Agricultural Education

How can we shape education so that it matches young people’s needs if we don’t involve them in curricula development discussions? This has been an overly repeated question in conferences but with no concrete answer to it. But The Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences, fondly referred to as GCHERA is on a mission to change... More

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Mainstreaming Youth for sustainable forest and people’s futures: 15 youth cross-cutting focuses at the World Forestry Congress

“Young People are being heard, but what do they have to say?” While youth’s participation and involvement is significantly increasing at global development conferences, one would argue that youths’ messages still often need to be strengthened. Young people may sometimes struggle stepping back and expressing what their specific burdening issues and aspirations are. We want to change that for young people at... More

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Welcoming YPARD Web4Knowledge intern: Elcah Barasa

YPARD is delighted to welcome Elcah Barasa on board, as remote Web4Knowledge intern. Elcah Barasa is a young woman from Kenya. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy at the Technical University of Kenya and a Diploma in French at Alliance Francaise in Nairobi. Elcah has great interests in ICT for Development issues, rural development and... More

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An avenue for the new generation to take up agricultural development

To ensure healthier livelihoods worldwide – and in the long term -, the young generation needs to fully get their hands and minds into agricultural development now. Being connected through a global collective platform, through which they can realise their full potential and contribute proactively to innovative agricultural development is crucial to boost the active role of young people in agriculture.... More

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