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The contribution and importance of youth engagement in rural development

Young people have the energy, enthusiasm, and perspective to work and achieve something good and sustainable in the field of rural development. In general in developing countries, rural youth after completing their education do not return to their homes to make an effective contribution to the development of rural areas, and communities where they live, but in most cases, they migrate... More
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COVID-19's web of neglect: the case of the waste pickers

Although they have been working towards sustainability before it was trending, waste pickers remain some of the most widely excluded people on the planet.  The result of decades of marginalising by societies is revealed very plainly during this global pandemic. But before talking about COVID-19, let’s talk about them. Who are waste pickers? Waste pickers are informal workers who base their... More
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Communication for effective youth inclusion

Pius Hiwe, Youth-Leader Communications Champion, Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD), speaks about communication for effective youth inclusion at the SIANI Annual Meeting 2020 held in Sweden. You can now watch the video and read the presentation script in a chronological sequence. First slide What does the communications officer of a youth network with over 18,000 registered young professionals in 70 countries... More
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YPARD partage son expérience dans l'accompagnement des jeunes du secteur agropastoral

Le Laboratoire de Terrain (LT) est un espace et un évènement en même temps, ou? différentes parties prenantes (équipes techniques des projets, jeunes ruraux, champions locaux et partenaires) se rencontrent, pour finaliser la conception de leur propre pilote pour tester les outils qui pourraient leur permettre d’améliorer leur impact sur les jeunes ruraux. Organisé du 28 au 31 janvier 2020 à... More
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Creating opportunities for rural youth: The moment, the challenges and the future

An opportunity presented itself for young people to contribute to the recently launched 2019 Rural Development Report on rural development by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).  The focus of the report was on creating opportunities for rural youth and was launched at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. It goes without saying that the importance of young people owning dialogues... More
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Welcoming YPARD Kenya Representative: Phidel Hazel Arunga

YPARD is delighted to welcome Phidel Hazel Arunga as the Country Representative of YPARD Kenya. Phidel is a graduate with a master’s degree in Monitoring and Evaluation from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and a Bachelor in Environmental Planning and Management from the University of Eldoret. Phidel’s application stood out from the several applications submitted to the call for... More
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Webinar: Rural youth and livelihood change

Missed out on the webinar? Access the recording by clicking here, ( the password 5rWVkRDB ) as well as the presentation.   Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017   Time: 3.30 - 4.30 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) Click here to register for the Webinar Purpose of Webinar Increasingly development reports and media cite the global ‘youth bulge’: the 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10 to 24... More
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The Potential of Agribusiness; Unlocking the opportunity for the African Youth

It became apparent to me at a very young age that farming and agriculture by extension was disdained. It so happened that in one of my kindergarten classes, the teacher asked us to name our parents’ occupations. As was the norm with such questions, all students were enthusiastic to answer. The exception this time was Timothy*(not his real name) who seemed... More
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I am inspired by diversity!

Life is not the same after 28th International Leadership Workshop for Rural Youth! We (Anna from YPARD Armenia, Hana from YPARD Kosovo and myself Seher Gumus from YPARD Turkey) attended the “28th International Leadership Workshop for Rural Youth” on the 9-22nd August 2017 in Herrsching am Ammersee, Germany thanks to the financial support of YPARD Europe. The workshop is for leaders... More
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Social Cohesion: The Key to Small Holder Farmers Development

The small holder farmers in Zimbabwe have for some time remained small and subsistence farmers due to the lack of market control. Mbare Musika is a hive of activity in the early morning as farmers deliver their produce. It is disheartening to know that many of these are small holder farmers who toil working their backs out in the scorching heat... More
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Findings from the rural youth in dryland agriculture study

The sustainability of agriculture and food production relies on young people remaining in rural areas and engaging in agriculture, in particular in challenging areas like drylands and mountain areas, and in countries of high youth migration like Morocco. However, the lack of engagement of youth in agriculture, compounded with a declining interest among young professionals in pursuing agriculture-related careers has resulted... More
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Waking up to the African agricultural dream: Science agenda for African agriculture

It was an educative and interesting discussion  when thought leaders on agriculture  from the National Agricultural and Research Systems of West, Central and North African countries, ministries of agriculture, NGO’s farmer organization, private sector and  CGIAR  gathered on the 9th of May 2017 in the conference room of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)’s secretariat in Accra, Ghana This was the... More
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The Road to 2030, with the youth in agriculture

The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day , 12th of  August, is “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”. Through this theme, the United Nations recognize “the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production”. They use as objective and framework the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable... More
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A day in the life of a young apple farmer in Morocco

My name is Abdelali Ouhri and I recently graduated in Linguistics from the English Department at My Ismail University in Meknes, Morocco. I am also a young farmer and have been working with my father on our apple farm for years. Now that I have graduated from university, I have more time to help him on the farm - from flowering... More
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Would you be a farmer in drylands if you had the choice?

Imagine that you have a chance to secure your future somewhere else that your village or your hometown, you will go after it, won’t you? A fail-safe job and a guaranteed paycheck at the end of each month – even if that means leaving home - are key to a decent livelihood and insurance for long-term peace of mind. Nowadays, leaving... More
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New study sheds light on youth issues in drylands

by Courtney Paisley and Karin Reinprecht One in five youths, or 125 million, are working but live in extreme poverty (on less than US$1/day). 70 percent of the world's poor (youth) live in rural areas with agriculture as main source of income and employment. Youth make up 40% of the world's unemployed in 2013. A new study – the first of its kind... More
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15 July: It’s WORLD YOUTH SKILLS DAY Today

Historically speaking, lot many things happened on this Day -15 July. All now part of history. What is important is future & future looks forward to youth - the future scientists, workers, engineers, doctors, teachers & the farmers. The big majority of farmers worldwide are aging and youth are reluctant to agriculture. They don’t find any glamour in farming. Why they... More
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The Day YPARD Africa met in Kigali

There is an African proverb that says the hottest music and dance always comes from home.  It is a proverb that aptly describes the YPARD members who came from all over Africa and on June 15th made Kigali their home. The congregation of more than 70 youth enthusiasts had gathered at the Media Hall during the 7th Africa Science Week to... More
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How Internet of Things Makes Agriculture Smarter?

In the coming future all the key agricultural decisions will be made within a few clicks on the tablet or mobile phone.A farmer will still come to his field more of a  habit  rather than a necessity.Each morning,the farmer will receive complete farm overview charts to the e-mail containing farm information. IoT allows to access and control physical objects, including fields,... More
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Success Lies In Execution: Scaling Up, From Research To Impact

I am very excited about this opportunity presented through YPARD to attend the Third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3) in South Africa to catalyse discussions on how to help our generation become stronger leaders for our industry.  As an agricultural researcher I look forward to contribute to the theme Scaling up: From research to impact. My input will... More
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