We are delighted to welcome the YPARD project support intern Wendel Georges.
Wendel is originally from Haiti but have had the privilege to live his past six years in Costa Rica, where he gained first his bachelor degree in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management at Escuela de Agricultura de la Región Tropical Húmeda (EARTH), and just recently he graduated with a Masters degree in Development Practice at The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Centre (CATIE).
Being a recent graduate and a young professional, he has had held many activities, which formed his career path in youth engagement. Wendel continues to apply his skills, knowledge, and passion in many projects gaining tangible experience in environmental, sustainable practice, resilient climate management, and social development in the past few years.
He has previously worked at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Haiti, where he facilitated training on beans crop yield for smallholder farmers affected by Hurricane Matthew. Also, while working at HEIFER International, he implemented an operating plan for an efficient system of irrigation and drainage to improve rice crop yield. Apart from this, he also has experience working as a field engineer at Smash Papyrus, Port-au-Prince, where he carried out an experiment on Sorghum crop yield growth.
On the engagement front, he dedicated his passion for illustrating an inter- and multi-disciplinary understanding of emerging issues in the context of rural agriculture development and natural resources governance, to improve the sector policies and practices. Currently, as a YPARD member, Wendel is seeking to leverage the synergy between the network and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to face challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean region LAC in an initiative that will focus on youth within agroecological practices. Such a plan will foster broad alternatives for young professionals engagement to harness opportunities for the desired goal.
As an intern, he will develop a strategic plan where he will focus on education to empower youth, through a school farming concept. The School outcomes will be based on sustainable systems and practices to generate significant progress in their communities. It tends to support and engage young farmers to recognize core values that shape youths awareness within the agricultural sector, applying innovations and practices to ensure the well-being of itself in the future.
He looks forward to collaborating with the YPARD community integrating insights from his broad academic and professional background. He is determined to support the current YPARD director - Yemi Adeyeye.