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Call for expressions of interest among Young Professionals to bring a youth voice to GCARD2

YPARD is calling for expressions of interest from young professionals active in agricultural research for development to take part in the youth preparatory meeting at the GCARD2    
  • Are you between 20-39 years of age?
  • Are you active and passionate about agricultural development?
  • Are you willing to stand up and make your voice heard?
Then you should apply to take part in the YPARD Youth Session for the GCARD! Objective This session is designed to bring out the voice of the youth on several issues related to capacity development, including:
  1. Steps towards greater engagement with youth to create stronger agricultural innovation systems
  2. Incentives and reward systems for young people to choose agriculture for their career;
  3. New skills and competencies required in new professionals in agriculture and rural development (changes in curricula).
Activities Participants will be required to discuss one of these issues
  1. In online sessions preceding the event (June-September, 2012) on www.ypard.net
  2. At the youth preparatory session to finalise the content for feed-in to the GCARD plenary (October 28th, 2012)
Using the YPARD platform, individuals will join one of three online groups (agricultural innovation systems, value and reward systems and changes in curricula), according to their topic of interest, and share their ideas on youth engagement.  Each group will prepare a draft proposal for presentation at the preparatory meeting, which will be further developed and refined based on discussion and feedback from other attendees.  The final versions will be fed into the GCARD plenary. This meeting will further 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. All young professionals from this session would be requested to spend some time at the planned YPARD booth in the marketplace to speak with attendees and share the outcomes from the session.  Attendees will further be requested to become active on social networks and engage in spreading the news on the youth session and the conference. “Recruitment” information Minimal funding is available for those unable to secure it, while most applicants will be requested to secure funding or partial funding where possible.  Please note that funding resources are limited.  For those who require funding, applications will be forwarded to GFAR Regional Fora organisations (APAARI, FARA, EFARD, CACAARI, FORAGRO, AARINENA) as nominated young professionals for special consideration for funding from their region.  We are looking for participants from different stakeholder groups (farmers, NGOs, CSOs, private sector, government, research etc), and representative of different global regions. Applicants’ criteria
  • Between the ages of 20-39
  • Active in agricultural research for development
  • Knowledge in one of the three areas of capacity development outlined
  • Active in social media (desirable)
How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to submit their CV (including date of birth) and letter of motivation.  The letter of motivation must include a brief reflection on one of the following topics: 1. How organizations can tangibly engage with youth to enable them to contribute to create stronger agricultural innovation systems, 2. Incentives and reward systems for young people to choose agriculture for their career and 3. New skills and competencies required in new professionals in agriculture and rural development.  The letter of motivation should be no more than 2 pages in length. Please send your CV and letter of motivation to info@ypard.net  by June 10th, 2012.  Please include ‘application for youth GCARD’ in the subject line. GCARD 2 Conference The purpose of the Conference is to move from WHY transformation of AR4D, to HOW to implement the GCARD RoadMap in practice and WHAT difference does it make. The objective of the GCARD II is to take stock of progress and lessons from experiences in developing and strengthening collaborative actions to transform innovation processes towards achieving large scale development impacts, in particular on the livelihoods of resource poor smallholder farmers. More details on the GCARD 2 conference can be found at: http://www.egfar.org/gcard-2012 The statement of young researchers from GCARD 1 can be found at: http://gcardblog.wordpress.com/2010/03/31/statement-of-young-researchers-at-gcard-2010/