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March 2013 issue
YPARD is glad to announce the winner of the Seeing Thoughts contest!
YPARD Seeing Thoughts video competition launched in 2012 was an attempt to capture and showcase the voices of youth and their contribution to agriculture for development, whether in research, in production or assisting a community to develop a sustainable livelihood.
The YPARD Steering Committee which was held in Rome February 22nd and 23rd, 2013 was a fruitful event, examining the activities and role of YPARD, strategy and the years to come. A couple points of note were a new Steering Committee chair and a new name for the coordinator.
YPARD welcomes Olawale Ojo as the New YPARD Representative for Nigeria.
’’It finally came true’’, these were the words I said to myself as the activities of the day ended. Over the past months myself and another YPARD member in Kogi State Nigeria: Apeh Omede who happens to also be a staff at Kogi State University in the Department of Animal Production, had planned a YPARD Awareness with the support of YPARD Country representative for Nigeria and Africa Coordinator.
I was invited to contribute through a guest commentary for the Chicago Council’s Global Food for Thought Blog on the importance of engaging/investing in youth in agriculture sector to alleviate hunger and poverty, given my experiences with YPARD.
YPARD Community Blog
by André-Daniel Stucki,(Bern University of Applied Sciences School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL)
Urban farming in Kenya has moved beyond just being a poor man's profession. Can it even provide a solution to looming food insecurity?
It was an exciting experience to present during the sixth annual Ugandan fish farmers symposium on January 22nd, 2013. Youths’ participation during the symposium was vibrant.
Pan African Youth Conference on Learning for Sustainability was held at Silver Springs Hotel, in Nairobi, Kenya on January 30 to 31, 2013
The Conference brought together ‘young’ minds involved in sustainable development (SD) and green economy (GE) throughout Africa. The Conference theme was “Empowering Youths for Sustainable Development”. It was organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) programme offices in Africa (WWF ESARPO, WWF CARPO and WWF MWIOPO) on the development of a Pan African Youth Strategy on Learning for Sustainability.
Agriculture in Nepal is still of subsistence but with the right policies and supportive investments at local, regional and national levels, agriculture offers new opportunities to move out of poverty.
Le Burkina Faso est un pays très majoritairement agricole. Le secteur primaire, constitué par l'agriculture et l'élevage emploie presque toute la population rurale et une partie importante de la population urbaine. Entre 80 et 85% des Burkinabè travaillent dans le secteur primaire.
Farmland area in Iran is 11-13 million ha in which most of it can be classified as traditional farming systems which smallholder farmers are involved in for subsistence agriculture.
"YP of the Month"
Mohammadreza Davari, from Iran
Mohammadreza Davari, from Iran, tells us his story and reflects on his experience of Young Professional in Agriculture in Iran.
In September 2009, after 4 years study in Agronomy at “Indian Agricultural Institute” (IARI), I began my activities in different ways in the agricultural sector in Iran. I have been working as adviser in agricultural fields. I am also researcher and lecturer at the university.
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