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Leadership and organic agriculture

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) is an umbrella organization that is aimed at leading, uniting and assisting the organic movement worldwide with its full diversity. Staying true to its core values IFOAM Organics International organizes an Organic Leadership Course (OLC) every year. Each year the organizers choose a new country connected to organic agriculture. In 2019, the OLC was... More
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15 latest developments in the revised YPARD Charter

In the spring of 2018, select YPARDians came together at the Czech University of Life Sciences to deliberate on the strategic direction YPARD should take. Part of those discussions centred on the governance structure of YPARD and the dire need for a review as highlighted in the YPARD 2017 external review. The Charter was last revised in 2014 and we have seen a... More
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Book clubs-efficient format to deepen knowledge in agriculture

''Building Organic Agriculture in Armenia (BOAA)'' project that is aimed at the development of organic agriculture curriculum for Armenian National Agrarian University started an interesting initiative called ''Organic Book Club''. The main idea behind The Organic Book Club is to hold group meetings once in a month and have a discussion over the already selected article that is related to organic agriculture with the... More
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Excelling in the world of agripreneurship

Defining one’s business can be a challenge particularly for young entrepreneurs. But the key points one should bear in mind are what and whom the business is centred on. In addition to that, the business idea must be complete, correct and generic to express what one produces in terms of meeting the need of one’s target market. I am excited to... More
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Fast and Flaky or Slow and Steady?

The world is unbeatable if you aren’t as fast as the broadband speed. You close your eyes involuntarily for a sneeze and BAM! The world around you has leaped several decades forward. Slowing down isn’t an option especially to an environment activist when the planet is burning out on its resources so fast. So, in a world that is now moving... More
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Celebrating the International Year of Pulses

The year 2016 has been dubbed the “International Year of Pulses” by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) with the main aim of heightening consumer awareness of the nutritional and other benefits of pulse crops. According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, “Pulses are a vital source of plant-based proteins and amino acids for people around the globe... More
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15 Youth Recognised for their Efforts Towards Sustainable Agricultural Development

With the increasing need for young people to be actively involved in agriculture, young professionals in agriculture gathered in Nairobi to celebrate fifteen young people who have proactively contributed to innovative and economically sustainable agricultural development.  With each passing day, there is some increasing need for young people to be involved in agriculture. More often than not, young people have the... More
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To Go Organic or Not. A Young professional Dilemma!

After getting a job  I knew what I had to do to be a responsible consumer. I bravely survived price incentives and bought my yoghurt, cucumber, tomatoes, apples and courgettes in the biological variety at my local supermarket. I have to admit - it wasn't a big effort. The supermarket is 25 meter from my house and responsible consuming being the... More
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Welcoming YPARD Italy representative: Virginia Cravero

We are delighted to welcome our very first YPARD Country representative for Italy: Virginia Cravero. Virginia is a Biologist specialized in bio-technology and agrifood, as well as in the development of traditional and local food products. She is passionate about food and all issues related to it. “Since I was little I experienced that food carries such pleasure that it was impossible... More
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Thinking of applying to the mentoring program? Read these tips!

Photo by Ollivier Girard/CIFOR   So you’re thinking of applying for the YPARD mentoring program? Here are some tips to help you with your application.  Read the question It’s surprising how many people give irrelevant answers to questions. If for example we ask you to describe someone who has been important in your life, this is not the time to tell... More
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Organic Agriculture – between Pragmatism and Romanticisms: Insights into the work of FiBL in Frick

“In the past decades, organic agriculture was often reacting late to changes in contemporary agriculture and developments were often only visible to farmers as adaptations of the guidelines” says Robert Obrist, Head of the Section of Education and Extension at FiBL (Research Institute for Organic Agriculture) in Frick, Switzerland. He leads our group on the 25th of August through the area... More
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Youth in Landscapes: Taking action on recurring issues

by Marina Cherbonnier and Courtney Paisley Youth are sometimes asked to provide their input into the big issues in the landscapes sector (agriculture, forestry, fisheries, conservation, development, industry, climate change), but let’s face it — this input often stays on the sidelines and rarely influences the ‘real’ decisions that are being made. We’re hoping to change this by providing a platform... More
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Promoting organic agriculture to attract youth into agriculture

With up to 9.3 billion people to feed in 2050 in the world, it becomes urgent to find ways to increase agricultural productivity across Africa, the second most populated continent. One option developed so far by humans is “boosting” soil fertility with chemical fertilizers. But is this option sustainable? What are alternatives to chemical fertilizers do we have? Implications of using... More
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