Change is coming

After 3 days of lengthy meetings and positive interactions, I honestly do think a change is coming. At the very least I can see it. Last month, a suprise came in our email. Tech4Agri was elected as the local Youth Representative for the GFAR Steering Committee. We had just signed up to become members of … More Change is coming

Entrepreneurship : The journey to build resilience

Busy, busy, busy…This quarter has been huge for our young agripreneurs in the GFAR-YPARD Young Agripreneur Project. It’s now 10 months on since they thrilled the audiences at GCARD3 with their enthusiasm, drive and energy in describing their projects. These have all started with the young agripreneurs matched with mentors, engaged in coaching and training, … More Entrepreneurship : The journey to build resilience

GFAR: Catalyzing change through networked actions

GFAR is truly a multi-stakeholder body. GFAR involves everyone from farmers to upstream science, public, private and civil society all working together in dealing with issues of the complex, ‘wicked’ problems of agriculture, food and rural development. These are issues that require multiple actors, who may often hold fundamentally opposed views, to work together in … More GFAR: Catalyzing change through networked actions

Youth Network in Agriculture: we connect and rejuvenate the world

At the occasion of YPARD 10 years, Marina Cherbonnier, the current communications and knowledge manager, expresses what the added value of YPARD is, as an international network of young professionals in agriculture. I was 25 when I joined YPARD’s global coordination unit as the first web and communications officer. We were two employees then. In … More Youth Network in Agriculture: we connect and rejuvenate the world

What my childhood in farming taught me about writing and public speaking

A few months ago, I read a book summary of Speaking More Effectively by Dale Carnegie. This summary focused on a quick and easy way for writing or public speaking (read here). The major lesson I learned from the book was that everyone was capable of writing or speaking effectively in public. To do this, … More What my childhood in farming taught me about writing and public speaking

The Effect of Producer Organizations on Farmer Performance

Over the years, the Committee on Sustainable Assessment (COSA) has conducted dozens of experimental and quasi-experiment impact assessments in countries around the world.  COSA employs the most rigorous methodologies available to better understand the social, economic and environmental impacts of agriculture in the belief that credible evidence of what works and what does not will … More The Effect of Producer Organizations on Farmer Performance

Working together in the rural areas of the Mediterranean

How far has the Foundation of the South-North Mediterranean Dialogue come in generating rich dialogue as vector of peace and tolerance? What about GFAR’s role in catalyzing collective action, including rural communities? A meeting in October 2016 in Rome helped to assess these and other questions. … More Working together in the rural areas of the Mediterranean

The CFS43 Social Media Bootcamp: Real Good stuff!

Have you ever felt extremely tired but happy at the same time? Could you relate to the feeling of not realizing that you are tired because you enjoyed the work so much? That’s what we as four members of Young Professionals for Agriculture Development (YPARD) felt at the end of our participation in the Social … More The CFS43 Social Media Bootcamp: Real Good stuff!

High-tech farming: the key to urban food security?

At the side event “Urban Food Security in an Urbanizing World: Lessons from Singapore” during this week’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS) a young man caught my attention.  Actually,  EVERYONE was interested in Martin Lavoo, Co-founder and director ofSustenir Agriculture Ltd a young farmer-entrepreneur from Singapore. Sustenir Agriculture, an indoor farming company based in … More High-tech farming: the key to urban food security?

The Zero Hunger Race – one, two, three, GO!

Transforming rural, agricultural and food systems The race to feed the world’s population has started, Preeti Ahuja, Sector Manager for the World Bank, told those gathered at a Side Event of the 43rd session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). The topic of the event, “Policies for Effective Rural Transformation, Agricultural and Food … More The Zero Hunger Race – one, two, three, GO!

Let’s Listen to Rural Women, urges Prof Bertini on Rural Women’s Day

For the International Day of Rural Women on 15 October, GAP Patron Prof. Catherine Bertini agreed to do a video interview to offer her insights into the challenges facing rural women today, and ways of helping them unleash their potential. In it, Prof. Bertini reminds us that the key challenge for women worldwide, and especially for poor rural … More Let’s Listen to Rural Women, urges Prof Bertini on Rural Women’s Day

Courtney Paisley: Pairing Youth with Experience for Agricultural Renewal in Kenya

In this guest blog post, Courtney Paisley, Director of Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) shares the stories of success from young Kenyan agriculture enthusiasts who have taken part in a pilot mentoring program. Switch your eyes and ears off, for a moment, to the on-going discourse about agriculture as an “ageing sector” that doesn’t attract … More Courtney Paisley: Pairing Youth with Experience for Agricultural Renewal in Kenya

#IamAg! Meet Victor, a Food Scientist at HarvestPlus

This is the fourth post in Farming First’s new series “I am Agriculture”, that showcases the many careers available to young people in agriculture. This post comes from Victor Taleon, who works on biofortified crops at the research centre HarvestPlus. When I was in primary school in Guatemala, I wanted to be a mechanical engineer working for … More #IamAg! Meet Victor, a Food Scientist at HarvestPlus

#IamAg! Meet Rolando, Risk Analyst at Root Capital

This is the second post in Farming First’s new series “I am Agriculture”, that showcases the many careers available to young people in agriculture. This post comes from Rolando Corrales, who is a Risk Analyst at Root Capital. As a child I wanted to be a policeman, but my mother was quite scared by the risk associated with … More #IamAg! Meet Rolando, Risk Analyst at Root Capital

Mediterranean Youth aims at fighting marginalization with agriculture

We hadn’t left the Milan Congress 2015 when the YPARD’s Mediterranean team – a group of 25 agriculturists from the South and the North Mediterranean- got together and said: “This was a very rich experience of South-North Mediterranean dialogues for rural development upon which we can reflect, and the discussions and outcomes really highlighted the … More Mediterranean Youth aims at fighting marginalization with agriculture

Growing out of protracted crisis in the Middle East and North Africa

No matter how open you think you are when engaging in any given conversation, several things can color your perspective even before you begin.   It is always a pleasant surprise to leave a talk with an unexpectedly optimistic, if cautious, outlook. A discussion about the Arab world today can bring just this sort of … More Growing out of protracted crisis in the Middle East and North Africa

Announcing first in a series of GAP Webinars!

The Gender in Agriculture Partnership (GAP) has the pleasure to invite you to a webinar:  Closing the gender data gap for agricultural policy and investment Date: 4 October 2016 Time: 15.30 Rome (GMT+2) Duration: 1.5 hours max Women represent, on average, 43 percent of the global agricultural labour force, and considerably more in many developing … More Announcing first in a series of GAP Webinars!

Celebrating the ten years of YPARD: A chronicle of the times to come

At the occasion of YPARD 10 years, GFAR Foresight Advisor Robin Bourgeois projects the plausible futures of YPARD as a movement as well as young people involvement in agriculture in the next ten years. I am finally back in 2016 after having had the privilege of traveling in four different plausible futures, where I met … More Celebrating the ten years of YPARD: A chronicle of the times to come