Waka Waka (This time for Africa) is a song popularized by Shakira. This song was used as the theme song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It was a huge, global event as football fans from around the world descended on South Africa to witness excellence on the field.
Another global event is coming to the rainbow nation this April.
All of these themes are very relevant today; especially, translating researches into things that impact that daily lives of the farmer. I would really like to be able to help farmers grasp scientific concepts in ways that they can easily understand. By doing so, this can help revolutionize the industry, making things easy to understand means more farmers will likely adopt new technologies.
As a farmer-entrepreneur, my goal is to help anyone plant, grow and harvest. I want to be able to help end the problem of food security, not only in the Philippines, but around the world. I also want to be able to connect the farmers to the latest technologies available; to keep them abreast with the latest production techniques, recently developed varieties and sustainable agriculture practices. I dream of equipping them with the right tools and help bridge the gap between scientists and farmers.
I was blessed to have been able to attend the GCARD3 Social Media Bootcamp held at Bangkok, Thailand in conjunction with the High Level Policy Dialogue on Investment in Agricultural Research for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific hosted by the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI). As a member of the Young Professionals for Agriculture Development (YPARD), 5 of us were selected to participate in the Social Media Bootcamp and the HLPD. The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) made it possible for us to attend the event.