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The transformative power of agricultural mentorship

If you are young and happen to be interested in agriculture, more often than not you will hear the phrase, young people are not interested in agriculture because it is not an attractive venture. Or because they have no capital. Or because … (insert the youth lack of interest in agriculture phrase you have heard of late)  Being a leading youth... More
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Coming soon: The first “youth in agribusiness” web TV in Africa!

                    Youth and agriculture: What’s new? Over the past years, many of us – individuals and organisations, have been advocating for the active engagement of African youth in agriculture. Indeed, with an ageing farming population and the high unemployment rate among youth, agriculture, being the main economic sector of most countries in... More
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5 Ways to Ignite the Youth in Agriculture Fire

There is a current wave of issues concerning how to engage the youth in Agriculture and this is a major agricultural development agenda. It is evident that Ghana’s agriculture has an image problem which makes it unattractive to the youth and if am allowed to say,“it isn’t cool’’. The images of farmers most youth have are of an old person wearing... 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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Looking for stakeholders to collaborate on activities to promote the engagement of young people in agriculture - YPARD Zambia

Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) in Zambia is undertaking activities aimed at creating interest in and commitment to agricultural development among the youth, through information exchange, dialogue, networking and mentorship. The activity is about promoting agriculture among young people. We are looking for Stakeholders who are willing to collaborate with us in undertaking these activities. Some ways in which we... More
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Welcoming YPARD Bosnia and Herzegovina representative: Mirjana Ribic

We´re delighted to welcome YPARD very first national representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mirjana Ribic. Mirjana finished the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Banja Luka in 2011, where she graduated in Agricultural Economics and Rural Development. She is currently completing her master’s thesis in the field of Rural Tourism at the Department of Rural Development. She´s focused on the... More
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Welcoming YPARD LAC coordinator: José Antonio Arana Salazar

We are delighted to welcome our new YPARD LAC coordinator: José Antonio Arana Salazar. José Antonio is a social communicator and a journalist, by the Autónoma de Occidente University of Colombia. With a certificate in Project management and Evaluation by the Universidad del Valle, Colombia, he´s is also a specialist in International Cooperation and Social Management by the University of San... More
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Welcoming a new YPARD Steering Committee member: Christine Gould!

YPARD is glad to welcome a new Steering Committee member: Christine Gould. Christine founded Thought For Food (TFF) out of her belief that the power to solve the most pressing challenges faced by humanity lies with the next generation.  TFF is a next generation powerhouse focused on empowering young innovators to develop breakthrough solutions for 9+ billion people. Through the TFF... More
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Welcoming a new YPARD Steering Committee member: Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba!

YPARD is glad to welcome a new Steering Committee member: Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba. Sithembile is a young international development professional with experience in policy advocacy, agriculture development, poverty reduction, youth development and gender mainstreaming. She has a social science background having studied International Development and Sociology at the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town in South Africa.  Sithembile... More
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Do you know a successful female agripreneur? Be featured as Young Guest Blogger on Farming First!

As part of YPARD’s ongoing partnership with Farming First – we are looking for our next young contributor who will be featured on the International Women’s Day (8th of March) on Farming First’s popular blog, which receives thousands of visitors each month. International Women’s Day – Successful Women Agripreneurs With a view to promote women agripreneurs, we are calling for young... More
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Promoting agro-entrepreneurship among the Nepalese youth

YPARD Nepal, in support of Multifarious Consultancy and Research Centre (MCRC) and National Federation of Youth NGO Nepal (NYFN), organized the National Youth Forum on Agro-based Entrepreneurship Development (#NYFAED15), on the 9th -10th of January, 2015 at the Local Development Training Academy in Lalitpur, Nepal. Forty young professionals (18-40 years) from all regions of the Asiatic country, who are currently involved... More
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Youth in Agriculture for Business, not for Food

Nowadays, with the rising of youth unemployment in Africa, young Ghanaians can find opportunities in the agricultural sector as entrepreneurs. However, they lack the means and the space to do so. The perception of agriculture as a mere farming for food needs to be changed in order to see agriculture as a viable business within the value chain.  This was the... More
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Seizing Agro-commodities competitiveness through Local Auction Markets

What are Agribusiness Auction Markets? Auction market is a place where buyers and sellers enter competitive bids and offers respectively at the same time. Meanwhile, the agribusiness auction market matches bids and offers of respective customers and farmers who deal deal with agro-commodities. The agro-products are such as: cucumber, soybean, rice, chili, garlic, pepper, cattles, vegetable and essential oil, etc. According... More
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Investing in Youth in Agriculture – Engineers Without Borders Canada in Ghana

Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) has been working in Ghana’s agricultural sector since 2004. Engineering is a bit of a misnomer, as we don’t build bridges or roads. Instead, we use the engineering framing of problem solving and systems thinking to address some of the root causes of poverty in Africa. Youth: Global Change Makers Agriculture is the cornerstone of development... More
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Welcoming YPARD Portugal representative: Carlos Silva

We are delighted to welcome YPARD new national representative for Portugal: Carlos Silva. Carlos has a degree in Biology and a master in Environmental contamination and toxicology. After finishing his studies at the University of Porto, Portugal he moved to Lisbon to work in Genetics applied to Agriculture. Then, after two years working in investigation, he started to work in knowledge... More
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Me and the 'wonder crop'

Nigeria cultivates a large array of food and cash crops among which rice has emerged as the fastest growing sub-sector and a popular staple food, especially for urban dwellers. Rice is cultivated in virtually all of Nigeria’s agro-ecological zones. These versatile attributes make it a unique crop with various potentials for enhancing productivity, thus this had made rice to be specially... More
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My Environment - My Responsibility!

The group of local women Shanti Ama Samuha had the commitment to maintain greenery in their surrounding environment within the program "Women Awareness Program on Climate Change and Solid Waste Management" organized by Tunza Eco Generation, a month ago in Bharatpur, Nepal. Due to the well accomplishment of the program, these women not only did they arouse local community’s awareness on... More
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Welcoming YPARD Cameroon representative: Nestor Ngouambé

We are delighted to welcome YPARD new national representative for Cameroon: Nestor Ngouambé. Nestor is Agro-economist. He is involved in agricultural research and rural development since 2009. During these last five years, he has contributed to the implementation of agricultural development projects related to transversal issues such as urban agriculture, environment, extension and advisory services, food security and most importantly youth’s... More
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Our voices were heard in Malabo!

On January 20, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ONE.org with partners launched the Do Agric, It Pays campaign. The campaign called on African governments to keep their promises to invest in agriculture and support smallholder farmers as committed in the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). During the campaign, a petition was signed by over 2 million people across Africa. The Do Agric... More
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Opportunities and perceptions: Key to foster youth in agriculture

“Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people do not recognize." Ann Landers. Opportunities lies in problems, perceptions are mere feelings towards problems. Passing over opportunities repeatedly makes one poor. Then, let’s explore few opportunities and perceptions together. To have an occasion in agriculture or agribusiness does not just mean using hoes and cutlasses to sow the seeds in... More
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