Within “YAP” we want to select young agripreneurs from all over the world, and provide a seed fund to facilitate the startup of their project. During one year, we will mentor these young agripreneurs within their project, linking them with seasoned researchers and practitioners, by integrating them in the YPARD (Young Professionals for Agricultural Development) mentoring program. We also want to train them on new ways to advocate and network using innovative communication tools.
The jury received the shortlist of the 30 most popular proposals, and will make their final selection. Not an easy task, knowing the many inspiring and creative projects we received!
Here is are the jury members who will make the final selection:
“Just over 20 years ago, I started working in international agricultural research mostly in the role of science management with a focus on communicating and advocating for research on food security and the environment. That has provided me a wealth of opportunities to work with some very talented folks and on some really important issues.
What has helped me in this has been my “pre-international agricultural life” in the private sector where I learned about delivery on outcomes, relationship management and the joys of working in teams to achieve much more than could be done alone. And all of this was based on a passion stirred by hugging trees and demonstrating for environmental protection.
So from the temperate rainforests of British Columbia back in the 70s to the cultural heartland of Rome where I now work with the Global Forum on Agricultural Research, it has been an exciting journey through Africa and Asia with both the doers and donors in international agricultural research and innovation. At this stage in my career, I’m so excited to see bright, energetic people start similar journeys and look forward to the Young Agripreneurs Project create and foster some fabulous new ideas.”
“Agro-socio-economist with extensive experience in Rural Development and Food Security; working in Central America (Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador) and the Caribbean.
I have approximately 13 years learning and working in team with stakeholders and young entrepreneurs from many different countries, culture and professional backgrounds.
I am currently working as Food and Nutrition Security Officer and leading a FAO-FIDA Youth Caribe project at the FAO sub regional office for the Caribbean.”
Myriam is scientific program officer at Agropolis Fundation where she instructs and initiates actions to strengthen Montpellier’s educational landscape on agriculture and plant sciences. Her mission as YPARD France representative has led her to work for having young professionals actively involved in the agricultural development arena.
On December 2015 she has accompanied the Youth in Landscapes initiative where 50 young professionals were working to develop their solutions to face the challenges due to climate change. Her experience working on the field in Southern countries has given her a strong knowledge of what agricultural research proposes for development, how these proposals reach farmers, and how to make them accessible to have a positive real impact on the field.
Michelle is a freelance communicator, science journalist, project manager and facilitator working at the nexus of agriculture, forestry, rural livelihoods and climate change. Michelle coordinates the Young Professionals for Agricultural Research (YPARD)’s mentoring program and co-founded the Youth in Landscapes Initiative which sees 18-35 year olds work on solutions to the world’s most pressing land use challenges.
She was recently involved in Monash University’s Global Hunger Hack, which encouraged students to develop business ideas to address global food insecurity issues. She also advises the Fair Food Challenge, which harnesses the power of students to demand fair food environments in Australian universities. Follow her on Twitter @kovamic.
Kristina Roing de Nowina
Kristina is the Proposal Development Coordinator at IITA. Kristina is a Swedish national. She has a Ph.D. in Soil Biology (2006) and an M.Sc. in Agriculture (1997) from the Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Uppsala.
Prior to her appointment, she was a Scientist/Project Manager at the same university, working on projects in Kenya and Nigeria in collaboration with CIAT-TSBF. She also worked as a Senior Program Officer at the international secretariat of the same university in 2010. Kristina was on the founding steering committee of YPARD 2005-2008.
After spending many years working as a knowledge-sharing specialist in developing countries and being moved by the small-scale producers she met, Nadia felt inspired to start her own entrepreneur project with her husband: a personal and household accessories retail shop combining a unique commercial approach to sustainable development that links quality products made in developing countries with customers in Europe.
Nadia did several projects with young entrepreneurs in the Caribbean. As the Partnerships Advisor for the CGIAR Consortium Office, Nadia has been closely involved in the #GCARD3 process.
Tom works as an Education Advisor for the Flemish Association for Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance (VVOB) in Brussels. In this capacity, he provides advice to projects and programmes around the world on learning outcomes in primary education, gender in education, teacher and school leadership development and capacity development.
From 2001 to 2010, Tom was the Global Coordinator of the Farmers of the Future initiative at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, integrating agroforestry and natural resource management into primary and secondary education. Before that, Tom worked for an international consultancy firm and for a farmers union.
Tom has postgraduate degrees in bio-engineering and in water resources engineering. He has working experience in Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Daisy is based in Nairobi, Kenya, where she works as a Communications Specialist/ Science Writer at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).
Her work at ICRAF involves communications planning, writing (including blogging), editing, and social + traditional media engagement. From time to time she conducts trainings in presentation and pitching; the latest of these was a pitching training offered to young professionals participating the ‘Youth in Landscapes’ program of the Global Landscapes Forum 2015 in Paris.
Daisy has a Masters and a Bachelors degree in chemistry from the University of Connecticut and University of Nairobi, respectively. She is also is a board-certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS) with over 15 years’ communications experience in the fields of agroforestry, agriculture, marine science, entomology, and HIV prevention. She has travelled to over 35 countries, and visited with numerous farmers and rural people in the developing world.
At her own small farm in central Kenya, Daisy practices agroforestry — you’ll find maize, beans, macadamia trees and everything in between. Her vision is for the farm to become an informal village hub for practical learning about agroforestry and similar climate-smart farming practices. Follow Daisy on Twitter as @daisyouya.
Michael is a Capacity Development Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) where he is supporting the application of the Principles for Responsible Investments in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS-RAI). Prior to working on responsible investment, Michael was Programme Officer at the United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT).
At APCICT he developed and delivered partnership-based initiatives, including a new programme for women entrepreneurs. This work builds on Michael’s earlier positions where he led innovative ICT programmes for rural and agricultural development at FAO for fifteen years. During this time he led the e‑Agriculture Community to become a global leader in knowledge sharing and networking among ICT4D practitioners with over 10,000 members.
Before joining the United Nations, Michael managed project development and technology transfer in the private sector. He has a Masters of Arts in International Economics and Finance from Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia Business School (USA).