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YPARD members: Displaying your efforts to the world through a UNEP-convened platform!

Greetings YPARD members from the offices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Paris! The youth has an undeniable role to play in meeting the post-2015 challenges, and we would like to help showcase your innovative and tireless work in the agricultural sector. 10YFP + Global SCP Clearinghouse At the Rio+20 Conference, heads of state adopted a 10-Year Framework of... More
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Women power! Mitigating Climate Change in Nepal

In a speech to his fellow Ghanaians in the early 1900s, the visionary educator, Dr. J.E. Kwegyir Aggrey, declared, “The surest way to keep a people down is to educate the men and neglect the women. If you educate a man you simply educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family.” Living in a healthy environment... More
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Youth in Forests Asia Summit: the end of the beginning

“It felt really good - like a privilege; it felt humbling; youth felt empowered, integrated, and they sensed collaboration was possible between young people and senior professionals, for tackling major forestry issues where youth can help drive solutions.” Yi Ying told me, as we were reviewing how successful Youth’s participation was during the Forests Asia Summit, Jakarta, Indonesia, 5-6 May 2014.... More
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Where is youth’s input for Forests Asia Development?

Not sure the five selected youth moderators for the ForestsAsia Summit’s Youth Session were expecting such an important role when applying. They are thoroughly preparing the event, with putting together discussions topics and pertinent questions; they moderate e-discussions, and design tailored facilitation methods and tools for the session’s round-tables. Isn’t it what it takes to lead relevant collective solutions and bring... More
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Youth role in small-scale farming and food poverty – Tell me about your experience!

AGRINATURA Science Days will be held in Vienna, on 5 - 8 May 2014.The discussions will focus on how alliances between small-scale family farming and agricultural sciences can transform local and global food systems in ways that ensure food and nutrition security at all levels. I am invited to contribute as a panel discussant to bring a youth perspective, on behalf... More
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Meet YPARD India working group!

The YPARD India working group was formally constituted in November 2013. The group is an interesting mix of globetrotting academics, researchers, development professionals and students. The group consists of 15 members from various states and agricultural universities of India. The profiles of all members can be found on YPARD and the purpose of this post is to give a short introduction... More
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Drylands Gender strategy released with a special focus on youth

The Dryland Systems Research Program of the CGIAR published recently their gender strategy with a strong Youth component. The CGIAR has shown a strong support to the youth on many occasions, through post-doc programs, youth participation support at key events, capacity building opportunities and other activities. This strategy, at a research programme level, is bringing a strong strategic backbone to these... More
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Money is a mean, not an end

"The first thing I think about is NOT Money." Pape Samb Pape knows what he talks about; he played a key role in the receiving of IFAD grant of US$1.95million to create opportunities for rural youth in West and Central Africa. Pape Samb is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GYIN, the Global Youth Innovation Network, a platform of... More
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Agriculture and Rural Development of Pakistan - When Young People take part!

[Youth Report from a Conference Organized by Agrilink at LAHORE] When a country is rapidly growing, it is always guiding its nation towards prosperity in economical development. First you need to set the goal and understand the tradition and issues/problems of your people to make a successful plan, sometimes you need additional training in aspects of cultivation, production or marketing. Sometimes... More
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Calling on African Leaders to Move from rhetoric to action

Young people are called to contribute to the upcoming 10th CAADP Partnership Platform through the Non State Actors platform. CAADP stand for Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme.  FANRPAN invites you(th) to give your input into the recommendations they will present to the Africa Agriculture Ministers. Get a voice; Take action! Learn more through Sithembile Ndema's message, from Food, Agriculture and Natural... More
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2014-2018 YPARD vision: fostering youth’s role for agricultural development

The key outcomes of YPARD Strategic meetings of January 2014 Two key strategic meetings took place this January 2014, at YPARD. A strategic planning gathered major partners, donors, and YPARD representatives at different levels – national, regional, global, and the steering committee. Based on the progress done by YPARD these last years, and the results of the 2013 External Review particularly,... More
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Behind the victim’s mask, a hero

“We, we, we” – It will certainly ring a bell for whoever has some experience of global development conferences. People get together with the beautiful purpose of changing the world, “for the best.” A “we”, like an unidentified monster. Everybody returns home with quite an unclear idea of who will do what to contribute to the broad picture. On the top... More
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Young People are making their Show for tackling serious issues! - Landscapes approach

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF)'s two-day event will be kick-started with a TedX-style Youth session. Nine young people will take the floor to deliver inspirational speeches about youth’s role in the natural resources sector. “Thought leaders” in youth issues will share with us how they have changed the way youth are perceived in natural resource management sectors and “Youth champions” will... More
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Calling for new YPARD Nigeria team's members!

Call for Application  The Young Professionals’ Platform for Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD) Nigeria, seeks young, dynamic and talented agriculture professionals for four (4) volunteer positions, - Communications and Awareness Officer, Partnership Officer, Program Officer and Administrative Officer (Secretary). YPARD is a Young Professional’s Platform for Agricultural Research for Development. It has a mission to serve as a global platform through... More
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Youth and Ag workshop in Pakistan - my thoughts

Youth Challenges and Opportunities Workshop Islamabad, Pakistan, October 22-24, 2013 The workshop brought to light some interesting aspects related to youth in agricultural development.  The first day focused on integrating the work of the CGIAR with those within the regional fora.  There was a strong appreciation by those in attendance of having organized a meeting in Pakistan, where many have tried... More
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Youth submissions online and ready for your vote: what are the key messages?

One month ago, Courtney and I reflected on the four recurring issues raised over and over again in events and activities with youth involved in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, conservation, development : (1) the lack for finance, (2) unattractiveness of the sector among the youth, (3) mismatch between the education system’s deliveries and the needs of the job market, (4) the lack... More
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Thought for Food Global Summit 2013 and the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services Annual Meeting 2013

In March of 2013, young professionals in agriculture, Mr. Luke Smith, Ms. Donna Marie Moon-Sammy, Mr. Alpha Sennon, Mr. Stephan Monsamy and Mr. Keron Bascombe entered the Thought for Food Global Competition for university students to tackle the world’s food issues. As a result Mr. Sennon, Mr. Smith and Mr. Bascombe attended the Thought for Food Global Summit held in Berlin,... More
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Shaping the Future of Youth Involvement in CRP 1.1 - East Africa

Mainstreaming the youth in CGIAR Dryland Systems Research programs 1.1 So here I was, a young female Malawian representing YPARD and fellow youth at the CRP1.1 East Africa meeting in Lilongwe-Malawi, where representatives from CGIAR in east and southern Africa had convened. After spending a restless night reading the program document, I could hardly wait to pass my message and thoughts... More
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Information on demand in TECA's knowledge base - youth and women

Technologies and Practices for Small Agricultural Producers About TECA TECA stands for Technologies and Practices for Small Agriculture Producers (TECA), which aims to improve access to practical information specifically for smallholders, extension and advisory services, development practitioners, producer organizations and producers themselves. TECA is FAO’s web-based knowledge repository of applied technologies and practices in English, French and Spanish on different agricultural... More
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All set for YPARD’s external review!

YPARD organized a two day preparatory meeting for the YPARD external review, on 18-19 September 2013. The Global Coordination Unit met the two consultants who are conducting the review.The objective of the review is to evaluate the progress of YPARD (with emphasis on the last four years since the external review of 2009) but also to determine the areas to be... More
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