WhatsApp for Agriculture: Digital Farming highlights the need for Digital Agriculture Extension

I remember one time I was asked to walk 10 kilometers away from home to find a local buyer to sell our marakuja and papaya fruit so that my parents could pay my school fees. This buyer in turn walked 10 kilometers to sell the fruit in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. There were no mobile phones … More WhatsApp for Agriculture: Digital Farming highlights the need for Digital Agriculture Extension

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

Why Ghana’s agricultural growth has slowed down

In part I of a three-part series, Farmerline look at the many challenges that confront Ghana’s agriculture sector. Ghana is faced with a harsh reality: a decline in agricultural productivity continues to threaten the economic development of the country. Inadequate finances, climate change, poor pricing and marketing incentives, inadequate agricultural extension agents, pest and diseases and … More Why Ghana’s agricultural growth has slowed down

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

Student Leadership and Transformative Changes to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century

Stacy Hammond shares her reflections on her participation in the 4th GCHERA World Dialogue: Global Leadership and Transformative Changes to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century, as GFAR-sponsored representative of youth. … More Student Leadership and Transformative Changes to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century

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!

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!

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

The Role of Young professionals in Shaping Agricultural Education

The GCHERA Assembly and World Dialogue, held from 19th to 21st September, in Nanjing, China gave an opportunity to young people to have their say about how universities develop their agricultural and life sciences curricula. YPARD reports on its participation in the conference and the hopes and expectations of young professionals for how GCHERA will keep the dialogue going. How … More The Role of Young professionals in Shaping Agricultural Education

Global discussions on agricultural curricula: Where are Africa and South East Asia?

The Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA) co-organized from 15-17 June, 2015 in Zaragoza, Spain the conference “Agricultural Higher Education in the 21st Century” in which Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) participated. GFAR supports this nice GCHERA-YPARD collaboration as both are members of GFAR Steering Committee. 

Together, we are shaping the future of agriculture

The CGIAR’s Strategy and Results Framework (SRF) is an important document for all of us involved with, and committed to, sustainable agricultural development. CGIAR, in developing this framework for its next decade of research, is working through GFAR to reach out to all the Global Forum’s stakeholders, to ensure that the new SRF is robust … More Together, we are shaping the future of agriculture

Capacity strengthening program strengthens passion for helping others, too

Msekiwa Matsimbe is not afraid to get her feet wet, whether mingling with a crowd of international policy leaders and experts in agricultural research for development or netting fish specimens in the rivers and lakes of her native Malawi. At age 27, she may be one of the younger faces in the crowd, but she … More Capacity strengthening program strengthens passion for helping others, too

Agriculture’s potential for solving YOUTH unemployment

Youth unemployment is one of the most serious problems affecting developing countries. A lack of basic education ranks high among the reasons for this problem. However, youth unemployment is compounded by the fact that a large portion of the population in developing countries tends to be youth. The formal economy is unable to create enough … More Agriculture’s potential for solving YOUTH unemployment

Young professionals rule!

The Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD 2012) brought together all groups of stakeholders: from researchers to donors such as the FAO, EC or IFAD, to farmers organizations or the private sector. The surprise at the conference co-organized by GFAR and the CGIAR Consortium was the recognition of the role that young … More Young professionals rule!

Young Promising Scientist

The 2012 Louis Malassis Young promising Scientist Prize was awarded to Dr. Matty Demont at the Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2) on 29th October 2012. This award is given to an exceptional young scientist who has carried out original and promising work in the field. Dr. Matty Demont is an Agricultural … More Young Promising Scientist

WHO’s Listening? – Youth. Women. Empowerment.

It’s EVERYWHERE! At the GCARD2 success stories, inspiration and motivation are all plentiful for the young Social Reporters. Several youth, present at the event can relate and share experiences, particularly in the discussions on: Individual Learning and Empowerment of Women and Youth, of the Enhancing Capacities thematic area. Most invigorating was Ms. Courtney Paisley, Young Professionals’ Platform for … More WHO’s Listening? – Youth. Women. Empowerment.