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Youth and innovation: What the ICT4D field needs

Today in International Youth Day 2013 I would like to dedicate this post to all of my peers, the young professionals aspiring to become someone in the ICT4D field.  In his latest blog, Ken Banks from Kiwanja.net makes a very strong, yet realistic, criticism of the ICT4D field. According to him, over a decade has gone by with very little significant change in the field, and questions... More
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Life after Herrsching

Thank you YPARD! - Action Plans and new skills for the future By Johanna Gysin and Martina Graf The last week of the 26th International Leadership Workshop for Rural Youth has been coined by a very busy and highly concentrated atmosphere among the participants and facilitators of the seminar. In the first week we learnt all about team building, about motivation... More
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YPARD Meeting on Sharing Country Experiences at the Africa Agricultural Science Week - AASW6

With over 40 young professionals supported to attend the 2013 African Agricultural Science Week (AASW), YPARD planned an event that could celebrate what young people have done on the continent in ARD and examine how we can work stronger, together. The objectives of the side event were to bring together YPARD members, representatives and those supportive of youth and agriculture issues... More
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Prepare for action! Understand each other!

By Ivana Radic, Martina Graf There is a saying in Serbia that says “one starts building a house from the basis”. It is the same with the 26th International Leadership Workshop for Rural Youth in Herrsching, Germany, both in the aspect of learning and the aspect of social networking. In the first week we have been revising our previous knowledge, learning... More
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Welcoming YPARD representative for Canada: Beth Timmers!

YPARD is delighted to welcome YPARD representative for Canada: Beth Timmers. "I am thrilled to have been nominated as Canada’s YPARD Country representative." Beth says "I’m a Canadian economist, highly committed to promoting the interests of young Canadians in ARD. I’m currently working with the Agriculture and Food Security Team at Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) as this year’s Research... More
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Welcome YPARD representative for Russia: Iana Perevoshchikova

We are delighted to welcome YPARD country representative in Russia: Iana Perevoshchikova The floor is to Iana for her to introduce herself to you: “I was very lucky with my biology teacher at school, where the interest came from. As a good specialist in the field, she ran a Youth Laboratory of Nature Research, which I attended. We went to a... More
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Youth Unemployment from a Youth Think Tank’s perspective

The issue of unemployment among young people continues to be at the top of the list of agenda in global, regional, national and local meetings and discussions by governments, corporations and organisations. As these discussions rise in number continuously, there seems to be little improvement in the situation of unemployment among young people. Policies have been formulated, initiatives have been created,... More
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Welcoming YPARD representative for Brazil: Rebeca Souza!

We are delighted to welcome a new YPARD representative in the region of Latin America and the Carribean (YPARD-LAC): Rebeca Souza, YPARD country representative for Brazil! Rebeca is an economist very much passionate about encouraging young people, enhacing human development and promoting food and nutrition security. She holds a Masters Degree in International Development and has a very diversified work experience... More
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What youth can do for agricultural research for development

If young people and women are given a platform, they can do more for agricultural research for development (AR4D). Young Professionals in Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD) is an international movement that operates as a network of young people working in the agricultural sector. It is not a formalized institution, but rather it is a global on-line and off-line communication and... More
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Youth in Agriculture Programme Key to engaging youth

“Are these roasted bananas?” I asked, as my colleague Ado looked on nodding against me. “Let's ask her”, he said.  It's amazing! Many different types of fresh agriculture products are sold along the streets of Accra. All the lady could tell us was that the bananas like fruits are called plante according to her pronunciation. One would wonder the destiny and... More
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YPARD European team's participation to the 26th International Leadership Workshop for Rural Youth

Blog post co-authored by Johanna Gysin, Martina Graf Herrsching a.A., Germany Under the motto “Prepare for action” the 26th International Leadership Workshop for Rural Youth is held this year from the 15th of July to the 2nd of August in the House of Bavarian Agriculture in Herrsching am Ammersee in Germany. More than 50 participants from 33 countries and 5 different... More
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Youth have to claim their seat at the table

When it comes to youth and agriculture, most of us think we know what needs to be done: governments and other stakeholders need to develop innovative approaches and policies to get more youth involved in this critical sector. It goes without saying that the stakeholders are expected to involve the youth in innovation and policy formulation. Not much is said about... More
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Welcoming YPARD Country representative for Georgia : Davit Gogilashvili

We are delighted to welcome Davit Gogilashvili as YPARD representative for Georgia. Let me give Davit the floor, in order for him to introduce himself to you: "Dear YPARD family members, let me briefly introduce myself as a country representative of Georgia in this wonderful community. I am Davit Gogilashvili from Tbilisi, Georgia.  I graduated from Agricultural University of Georgia on... More
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YPARD Enhances Agricultural Research for Development in Cameroon among rural youth

YPARD Country Representative for Cameroon, Divine Ntiokam, after a number of consultations, trainings and advocacy at national, regional and global level has been able to create awareness in Environmental Sustainability through agricultural forums among young professionals. He came to a conclusion that in order to support the United Nations Secretary General`s term of office in regards to redesigning a new framework... More
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Youth Involvement in Agriculture: The Image Factor (Nigerian story/perspective)

Years ago, I asked a friend whose father was first an agriculturist before becoming a politician (a serving senator) how his father got rich, and he told me pointedly that “through farming”. Ever inquisitive, I asked “How?” and his response was “Bunmi, if you go into real agriculture, though you might struggle for some time, but once you become established then... More
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YPARD India is looking for your participation in its Working Group!

Hello "YPs" in AR4D in India, You may be aware that during National workshop on 'Foresight and Future Pathways of Agricultural Research Through Youth in India' (FFPARTY) held on March1-2, 2013 at New Delhi, YPARD-India was re-introduced! YPARD-India is an initiave by and for Young  Agri-Professionals. It aims at better networking, strengthening linkages and knowledge sharing between different Agri. Professionals including... More
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Fisheries in Africa: a gloomy situation?

For some 200 million Africans fish is the main source of animal protein. This is one third of the continent’s population.  10 million Africans, many of them artisans, are directly depended on fisheries for their livelihoods. On top of this, fish is one of Africa’s prime export products, contributing significantly to some of the national economies. These facts alone should make... More
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New Resources on: Climate Smart Agriculture | Smallholder Value Chains | Youth in Action

Centre for Sustainable Development's special June Newsletter on the Best New Resources for Adaptation, Resilience and Sustainability presents best international resources on climate change, climate smart agriculture, smallholder value chains, health and water. Centre for Sustainable Development encounters so many excellent nonprofit, climate change, DRR and development  resources that we periodically compile them in a special issue newsletter. Access and download these resources. June... More
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Welcome to Sokhna Rokhaya, YPARD Senegal representative!

YPARD is delighted to welcome its new YPARD representative for Senegal: Sokhna Rokhaya. Rokhaya is a 29 years old young Senegalese woman with two children. She is a sociologist and she is specialized in the field of Family, Women, Education and African Environment. She is currently a PhD student researcher at the University Gaston Berger of Saint Louis. She started her... More
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Welcoming Divine Ntiokam, YPARD Cameroon representative!

YPARD welcomes Divine Ntiokam as YPARD Cameroon Representative. Divine is a 30 years old, very enthusiastic person about youth advocacy to ensure the proper well-being of future generations.  His dream has been to see how he could empower young people throughout the globe with regards to environmental sustainability.  He was able to get involved in the coordination of a variety of... More
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