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Save the date: Youth as drivers of innovation interactive event

On the occasion of the International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers: Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, an interactive session with youth will be organized by FAO in collaboration with Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD). It will allow youth to identify and convey key messages on the role of innovation in agriculture in shaping... More
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Want to run a mentoring program? This toolkit will show you how

Four years ago, we coordinated our first mentoring program. We were working on the youth engagement component of the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) taking place in Lima, Peru, focused on building the skills and knowledge of the many students and young professionals who were there to engage in these high-level science-policy discussions. For many of these youth, the GLF was their... More
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On Finding Knowledge in the Most Unexpected Places

In April, the six finalists in GFAR and YPARD’s Youth Agripreneur Project headed back to their homes in the four corners of the world after an intense week of orientation and skills building at the GCARD3 Global Event, to embark on their personal adventures–and tackle their particular challenges–in agricultural entrepreneurship. Over the last three months, Jax, Anil, Nikki, Lillian, Jony, and Kellyann have taken what they learned... More
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Tell us about your experience of youth empowerment in family farming!

I am happy to inform you that there is an ongoing study on Youth and Family Farming, from the World Rural Forum, carried out by the Universitat Politècnica de València. The geographical scope of the study is global and the main point is to draw up a diagnosis of the current situation and to collect experiences on youth and family farming.... More
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Bringing a knowledge-based revolution to farm management

Solving global food problem is one of the main concerns of mankind today. Traditional approach to agriculture is simply not enough and there is a huge agri-tech revolution happening worldwide. Agrivi (www.agrivi.com), an award-winning startup from Croatia, is one of the key drivers of agtech revolution that is experiencing fast global acceptance of its innovative knowledge-based farm management software. Although it... More
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Policy brief - Youth contribution to E-Agriculture Forum on Communication for Development and ICTs for Family Farming

From the 22nd of September to the 6th of October 2014, the e-Agriculture Community of Practice organized its 24th e-Agriculture forum as part of the participatory discussion on the theme “Communication for Development, community media and ICTs for family farming and rural development” organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC). The forum took... More
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Youth-in-Ag Selfie Twitter Contest – 2015 World Water Day

Each year, UN-Water supports the World Water Day campaign by highlighting a specific aspect of freshwater. Under the theme ‘Water and Sustainable Development’, the year 2015 provides an important opportunity to consolidate and build upon the previous World Water Days to underline water's role in the sustainable development agenda. Water – Key to Food Security The link between water and food... More
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Be entrepreneur; Create Opportunities!

What is it to be an entrepreneur? Being entrepreneur is about exercising “Freedom, Vision and Passion” – our panel of seven young entrepreneurs assert, during the YPARD and Agrinatura Career Fair, held on 16, September 2014, on the sideline of the Tropentag at CULS (Czech University of Life Sciences), Prague. Young people have many innovative ideas. At a time where precarity... More
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National Seminar on Rural Youth in Family Farming in India: Promoting Sustainable use of Natural Resources and Safeguarding Agro-biodiversity

Agriculture may be considered as the largest private enterprise in India which is largely dominated by small and marginal farmers. The Census of India: Economic Activity brings out that the Indian workforce is over 400 million strong, which constitutes 39.1 % of the total population of the country. The dependence on agriculture is brought out by the fact that out of... More
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Marking IYFF14 campaign through Photography

On the occasion of the World International Youth Day and the celebration of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF14), YPARD Nepal launched at a national level the “Family farming photo contest.” Besides this, an offline program was conducted in the Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU), Rampur, Chitwan. The motive of the program was none other than to mark the importance of family... More
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YPARD Nepal announces Family Farming Photo Contest

The United Nations declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) with the slogan “Feeding the World, Caring the Earth.” To mark the IYFF and on occasion of the World International Youth Day, YPARD Nepal, in collaboration with AgriYouthNepal (AYN) and Nepal Agricultural Cooperative Central Federation Ltd. (NACCFL), announces “YPARD Nepal Family Farming Photo Contest.” A competition from all Nepalese... More
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Welcoming YPARD LAC coordinator: Gipsy Bocanegra

We are delighted to welcome our new YPARD LAC coordinator: Gipsy Bocanegra. Gipsy is Economist. Besides being specialized in public policy and international business, she was awarded by the Colombian Institute for Education Credit and Technical Studies Abroad (ICETEX, for its Spanish acronym) in 2013 for receiving a top score in the State learning ‘SABER-PRO’ test, which is a graduation requirement.... More
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Youth, the Future of Family Farming

It was the first day of June in the serene and sunny – but slightly windy – city of Montpellier, and from all around the world researchers and academics in the fields of agriculture and family farming were gathered: experts in international development, decision makers, NGOs, as well as farmers organizations’ and private sector representatives. The stage had been set for... More
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Youth and its key role to face environmental challenges

Some recent surveys show that during the year 2013 the total population growth in Pakistan was 1.91% while during the last 10 years average was 1.82%. As we are a growing population country with low economic growth, we have to be certain that we may ensure better quality of life which is only possible when living in a green and fresh... More
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Positive retrogression: Why small-holder farming is heading back to diversification?

It’s a common fact that family and small-holder farming contributes to food security, income generation, and employment for a majority of people in developing countries. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) 2013 estimates that small-holders produce about 80% of food consumed in developing countries. The United Nations’ declaration making 2014 the year of as the family farming recognizes this fact. The potential in... More
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All in One Rhythm: How to use Youth and Agriculture to foster Development in Brazil

The day has finally come. After eight years of intensive planning, building and waiting, we will see the ball rolling at 5 pm today, Brasilia time, for the first match in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Surely, this journey means more than football. This period was also marked by a rising concern of Brazilian people for better days, for better living... More
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Involving Young People in Agricultural Development: why it's critical for the sustainability of the sector

Agricultural development specialists and policymakers around the world are concerned that young people are not interested in remaining in rural areas and taking up farming. Agriculture is rarely the first choice of many who study it. Agriculture holds no prestige and young people taking it up as a livelihood are not considered success stories in their communities. While there will always... More
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Old farmers never realize how much energy a young farmer can bring to the farm!

Last week a diverse group of people came together at the farm Veld & Beek in the Netherlands: young farmers, future farmers, old farmers, people from farming organisations and lots of press. They came to hear the story of Joel Salatin, according to Time Magazine the world’s most innovative farmer. Joel’s latest book – Fields of Farmers – deals with the... More
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Where does our world food system change towards?

The United Nations declared 2014 to be the International Year of Family Farming. In this context the first AGRINATURA Science Days brought together scientists, international scholars, private sector and youth in Vienna between May 5–8 for an exciting event titled: “Growing together - Family Farming and agricultural sciences transforming world food systems”. The objective of AGRINATURA Science Days was to unite researchers and practitioners... More
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Of tradition and change – a visit to the family farm of Clemens and Elisabeth

Visit to the Mayr's in Erding, Germany “Our farm is a medium to small farm, compared to the others in the area” says Clemens Mayr, a farmer from Erding, Germany, while pointing to the distant fields on his farm. This surprises his guests from Mali, Madagascar and Switzerland; a farm of 60 hectares is considered a large farm in the visitors’... More
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