“Agriculture is an ageing and undervalued profession in many countries and special attention must be given to encouraging young people into careers in all aspects of AR4D...It is important that young people themselves help express what changes are needed in agricultural education and incentives to make careers more attractive and valued and better recognize the range of roles now required in AR4D...” GCARD Road Map The YPARD pre-conference meeting at the second Global Conference for Agricultural Research for Development - GCARD2 , 28th October 2012, will provide opportunities for young professionals active in agricultural research for development to network, become more engaged with international AR4D and provide their input into high level discussions, for which they rarely have the opportunity to take part.It will also provide a valuable feed-in to the GCARD, for working towards a GCARD that builds on consensus for the future of AR4D that includes all stakeholders. This session seeks to provide clear and tangible ways to engage with youth and obtain the ‘buy-in’ from the ARD community during the plenary and commitments from individual organisations.What’s the plan?YPARD engaged its members in pre-consultations on the YPARD online forum on three topics, to set the basis for the interventions and maximise the face-to-face interaction. One member from each group developed a summary of the discussion which will be presented during the YPARD session.20 young professionals active in AR4D have been selected to attend the YPARD session. This session will consist of presentations, full group discussions and three working groups, centered around the three topics covered in the e-consultations.The results will contribute to the goal of the C2.2 capacity development session, which aims to: produce recommendations for realistic and meaningful actions to be achieved over the next two years, within the context of GCARD.What will be discussed? The YPARD session aims:
- To identify value and reward systems that can have an impact in drawing young people into ARD
- To identify key ways that youth can contribute to AIS (Agricultural Innovation Systems) and concrete steps that those involved in AIS can take to engage youth
- To identify key areas required for curriculum reform, as identified by YPs and move towards an inclusive curriculum reform process, involving a wide range of stakeholders, including YPs.