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GLF Ghana unfolding

Did you know that the Global Landscape Forum (GLF) which is the world’s largest, science-led multi-sectoral platform will hold an event in Ghana this year? Representatives from the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL), the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) and the International Forestry Student’s Association (IFSA) met in Accra in the month of March to brainstorm and discuss what inputs would... More
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Project SIMPLE - creating linkage between the academic and professional sector in Asia

With the purpose of  highlighting the work carried out by our YPARD partner  “ project SIMPLE” and the impact it has made through its main the activities carried out in light of its objective of encouraging the cooperation between the academic sector (HEIs) and professional sector in the area of agriculture and life sciences in selected Asian countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, and... More
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Young professionals empowered to transform Africa’s Agriculture

In the past few days, the West African chapters of YPARD have been actively engaged in trainings on Technologies for Africa Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) Capacity Development and Technology Outreach (CDTO) as spearheaded by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). TAAT is a framework developed by the Africa Development Bank as part of its current efforts to facilitate agricultural development... More
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Microgreens – an innovative business for superfoods

The term microgreens is still not widely known, in spite of their many positive characteristics such as helping to improve heart health, contain polyphenols, can be grown year-round indoors, easy and convenient to grow and most importantly are high in nutrients, not to mention, they are tasty and always brighten and elevate your dish! In the following blogpost, Orsi Bakonyi, a... More
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Unveiling the participants of the young progressive farmers’ workshop

Effective and efficient solutions for increasing sustainable agriculture are important for Africa. This has become necessary due to the challenges posed by the ongoing rapid urbanization. The needed interventions are to safeguard natural resources while ensuring the availability of nutritious food as well as viable opportunities for the next generation of farmers in the agri-food sector. In this vein,  Young Professionals... More
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Agritainment: a catalyst for agribusiness growth in Africa

As a not-for-profit agribusiness organization, the Agrifood Value Innovation and Marketing Society, AGRIVIMS, searches for innovative pathways of achieving our vision in promoting Agrifood Value Innovations to benefit producers and consumers in sustainable environment. Global food security is reported to be under threat. Many farmers across the globe are aging with no replacement. The United Nation projects that world population could... More
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Peri-urban agriculture: a threat or an opportunity?

Rapid population growth is a threat to urban agriculture in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo DRC.  More and more in DRC, especially the city of Kinshasa province, there is an immense population growth, empty spaces once occupied by farmers in the city centre of Kinshasa have become residential or large residential areas.  An example is the nursery case of Bandalungwa municipality,... More
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YPARD Philippines represents Filipino youth in UN-IFAD

Jim Leandro P. Cano, a UPLB student taking MS Development Management and Governance, represented the Philippines at the 42nd Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) of the United Nations on Feb. 14-15. Cano, the country representative of the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD), presented success stories of youth-led initiatives of YPARD Philippines that have tapped funding... More
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Welcoming YPARD China country representative: Zhong Li

We are delighted to welcome the new YPARD China country representative, Mr Zhong Li. Mr Li received his master’s degree of International Trade and Investment Policy from Elliott School of International Affairs of George Washington University and dual bachelor’s degrees of Economics from University of Colorado Denver and China Agricultural University. During his study, Mr Li worked closely with the International Monetary... More
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YPARD Albania: 1000 reasons why food matters

On February 1st at the Stephen Center, in Tirana, the Albanian capital, students and professors from primary / Middle school of “Siri Kodra” in Tirana and experts were united together to understand and explain 1000 Reasons Why Food Matters. Many points were touched during this event sponsored by the Swedish Institute. Entoni Rasku a food expert who studied at the University... More
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Call for volunteers to translate YPARD information materials

Are you fluent in Chinese, French or Spanish? Would you like to volunteer your time and services to help translate YPARD content for a greater reach to the Chinese, Hispanophone and Francophone community?  If your answer is Yes, then YPARD is seeking volunteers to help translate the information materials to one of the official YPARD languages:  French, Spanish or Chinese. The main information materials... More
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Welcoming YPARD Gambia representative: Haddy Ceesay

We are delighted to welcome the new YPARD Gambia representative, Haddy Ceesay. As a farmer’s daughter, agriculture has always been a part of her life. She remembers her father nurtured the passion and love that she and her siblings have for agriculture while they were very young. The family had a backyard garden and their father used to come home with farm... More
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Reinforcing partnerships and the way forward - YPARD, AGRINATURA, and the SIMPLE project

On January 9 and 10, 2019, The AGRINATURA board members met at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague in the building of Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences to discuss future steps towards sustainable agriculture. The Agrinatura Association is a grouping of European universities and research organizations with a common interest in supporting the development of agriculture in a sustainable way and... More
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Appel à candidatures : Représentant de pays YPARD Bénin

Après une fin de mandat réussie pour la représentante du Bénin, Fréjus Thoto, YPARD est à la recherche d'un jeune professionnel passionné et dévoué pour prendre le poste de représentant de YPARD au Bénin. Pour atteindre ses objectifs, YPARD travaille avec de jeunes professionnels au niveau régional, national ou local pour entreprendre des activités à un niveau plus approprié géographiquement. YPARD est... More
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How can we support you better? YPARD 2019 Members' survey

Dear YPARDians! It is that time of the year when we invite you to participate in the YPARD global members survey to help share insights on how we can serve you better in 2019.  This survey is gathering information on the services offered by YPARD and their value to YPARD members in 2018.  We hope to assess what services are considered most valuable and improve upon... More
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Call for application: Youth Shaping Sustainable Food Systems Workshop in Eastern Africa

Deadline for application: 12 February 2019 Countries of focus: DRC, Kenya, Uganda,  Rwanda, and Tanzania  Funding type: Fully funded   Most countries in Africa are undergoing rapid urbanization bringing with it fresh opportunities as well as creating new challenges arising from the transition. From the perspective of urban and peri-urban agriculture, classic practices are changing too due to a combination of... More
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Taking these “F-words“ seriously: Food and future

By 2050, half a portion of your favourite lunch will be more than twice its current price! Most restaurant, fast food or cafeteria owners might like the sound of this, but will there be enough food to meet the rising demand? “How can we double the amount of food produced in the world in order to feed nine billion people by... More
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Call for Nominees for the 2019 Maize Youth Innovators Awards – Africa

Nominations are now open for the 2019 MAIZE Youth Innovators Awards – Africa! These awards are part of the efforts that the CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE) is undertaking to promote youth participation in maize-based agri-food systems. These awards recognize the contributions of young women and men below 35 years of age who are implementing innovations in African maize-based agri-food... More
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YPARD Solomon Islands shines at the Pacific Agrihack competition

Malaita Youth In Business Association (MYIBA) scooped one of the three awards during the Pacific Agrihack lab 2018 in Tonga on 5th December 2018.  MYIBA was represented by Mr Watson Cyrus and Mr Hika Joseph, YPARD Solomon Islands representative where they competed with fifteen finalists across the Pacific. The competition was part of the “Promoting Nutrition Food Systems in the Pacific... More
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International poultry symposium: Moments and memories

It was a great privilege to represent YPARD Nepal in the three days International poultry symposium in Bharatpur Garden Resort Chitwan, Nepal with the theme “Meeting Poultry Demand for Food Safety and Security” from 28th – 30th October 2018. The symposium was jointly organized by Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) Chitwan Nepal, Ministry of Agriculture And Livestock Development Nepal, Food And... More
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