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A growing, vibrant online and on the ground network : YPARD 2015 Annual Report

Since its inception, YPARD has grown rapidly, demonstrating the need and value that young professionals see in a youth focused network.  This is moreso reflected in the recently released YPARD 2015 annual report which takes into account all the activities YPARD community has been involved in for the last one year.Among these notable activities include; Communication both Online and Offline In... More
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We Need to Change Our Mind Set: The Ignored Africa’s Big Sector Profession

Before reading this post, I want you to take a moment and digest one question. Ready? Let’s go. Who are farmers’ in your locality and how do those peoples possess that title? Take your moment… Am hoping you will come up with a general description of those people with why they belong to that group. Now let’s bounce to the deep... 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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Welcoming YPARD Youth-leader communications champion, Emmie Kio

YPARD is delighted to welcome Emmie Kio as a remote Youth-leader communications champion, to support YPARD Global Coordination Unit’s communications activities. Emmie Kio is an International development practitioner specializing in Agricultural Development, Communications and Social Media. As a seasoned agricultural writer, Emmie helps communicate on Agricultural activities in Kenya and beyond – especially on those activities that are sustainable from an Economic, Environmental... More
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Early Career Scientists mentored at the Science Forum 2013

The ‘Science Forum 2013’ held during 23-25, September 2013 in Bonn, Germany focused on ‘Nutrition and health outcomes: targets for agricultural research’. The uniqueness of the Forum was the special session for the early career scientists organized by the Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Twenty one scientists who are in their... More
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The know-how of Networking

Networking - why YPARDians should do it YPARD is a platform which notably promotes information and experience exchange, so it is all about networking! For this very reason, our first event in Brazil was about “Professional Networking” in partnership with Crea Jovem. The event was held at Crea headquarters in Brasilia on November 28. Our programme started with a brief presentation... More
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Youth in agriculture in West Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s fastest growing population and also the youngest. This is a huge opportunity for West Africa as young people bring energy, vivacity, and innovation into the work force and can consequently have a transformative impact on economic growth and social development. The agricultural sector plays a key role in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)... More
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A Young Farmer’s Vision

A YOUng FARMer‘s vision – A student’s project initiated by Martina Graf Waking up having THE project idea in mind! - Three short films; each of them portrays a young farmer, giving an authentic and positive picture about their daily life and their visions. - During the following days the idea comes back again and again while waiting for the bus... More
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Changing youth perceptions about agriculture - It begins with "YOU"

I just read Bunmi Ajilore’s blog post, Youth Involvement in Agriculture: The Image Factor (Nigerian story/perspective) and I think it highlighted a very key issue with youth and agriculture - globally - Image. We all know that the in general, perceptions around agriculture are less than glamorous and the field is viewed as neither interesting nor lucrative enough especially when compared with... More
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Africa’s agricultural transformation starts today

If we look into Africa‘s recent history, we see that this part of the world fits perfectly, at this time, into the growth limits stated by Reverend Thomas Malthus more than 200 years ago. With a population doubling every 25 years and an ecological decline hard to slow down, Africa is about to reach its “limits of growth”. But this is not a reason to despair. At the Forum... More
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YPARD – Ensuring an inclusive youth contribution to the AASW

Blogpost by Marina Cherbonnier and Peter Casier, two AASW social reporters. Blog post originally posted on The FARA-AASW Blog. Meet Marina Cherbonnier, the YPARD Web and Communications Officer. I call her a “can-do-it-all” ball of energy. She has a background in ICT4D (University of Manchester, UK) and in information and documentation sciences (UCO, Angers, France). She previously was an intern at... More
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Quand la jeunesse rurale commence à s'intéresser aux activités de recherche agricole pour le développement (ARD)

Sous le thème: Une agriculture qui nous est adaptéeLa JRCPF - Jeunesse Rurale en action Contre la Pauvreté et la Faim - a organisé  le 16 juin 2013 au nord du Burundi, dans la province de NGOZI, en commune GASHIKANWA, une réunion sur la phase de mise en en œuvre du programme détaillé de développement de l'agriculture en Afrique (PDDAA) tel... More
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Young Farmers needed in our Time!

A few decades ago, whether because of the dominance of large-scale enterprises or general apathy, a startling trend became to develop: young people never wanted to farm. Only a few percent of Nigeria's farmers are between the ages of 25 and 35; meanwhile, farmers over the age of 65 make up over 70 percent of the farmingpopulation. The mean age of... More
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Welcoming Safiul Azam as YPARD Bangladesh representative!

We are glad to welcome Safiul Azam as official YPARD Country representative for Bangladesh. Azam has a dynamic research career with five years experience as an academic staff member. He conducts researches works on plant science, agricultural biotechnology and climate change with national and international collaborations. He is one of the International Climate Champion 2010 by British Council Bangladesh which geared... More
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Future Farmers in the Spotlight – Success stories of young farmers from all over Europe!

More than 55 % of European farmers is over the age of 55 and wants to retire within the coming ten years. Most of them did not secure a successor yet. Currently only 7 percent of all farmers in Europe is under the age of 35 years*. However, the interest of young educated people to get involved in sustainable farming activities... More
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Learned lesson from university level YPARD Awareness Campaign

I am a young girl from eastern part of Nepal, moreover I am very young in agriculture field although more than two third of Nepalese population depend upon agriculture to sustain their daily life. When I meet with my neighbors and other people, they usually ask me what I am studying. My answer is “agriculture”, but their perception level is different... More
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Awesome event in Agriculture and Forestry University, Nepal

The Young Professionals' Platform for Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD), as a global community, has given particular attention to promote youth in agriculture from its establishment. Last week on 25 April 2013, YPARD has organized a seminar entitled YPARD Awareness Campaign (YAC) in collaboration with Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) at Chitwan, Nepal where a total 113 undergraduate students were actively... More
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YPARD's promotion event at HAFL in Zollikofen

During two days a team of three motivated YPARD promoters (Martina Graf, the European Coordinator, Johanna Gysin, Swiss representative and Rahel Wyss, a committed YPARD member) spend their lunch break in front of the HAFL – canteen and spread the word about YPARD among students but also among lecturers, researchers and other employees of the college. The event was a success;... More
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Practicing what we preach in Agriculture: Too Cool to Farm

For the last ten days, I was in my village for a –Grand Plan, to clear and plant about 4 hectares of Land which myself and my brother have been cultivating for the 3rd consecutive year for the production of Beans and Maize. As a young person passionate about agriculture and rural development, farming and cultivation of crops popularly grown within... More
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Youth Empowerment seeing a New Frontier

In the global agriculture diaspora, several topics/issues are always relevant or rather more current than others. I’ve realized that youth in agriculture are one of these. With fewer and fewer youth becoming involved in agriculture each year many wonder what will happen to the future of the industry. But if this is the case shouldn’t youth that are currently involved in... More
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