Supporting the YOUTH in CRP1.1 to achieve impact


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Marina Cherbonnier presented the young professionals platform for Agricultural R4D, an international movement of young professionals under 40 who are active in agricultural development. The platform networks a number of regional offices and country representatives. The rational behind YPARD is that youth need to get involved, to access professional opportunities and to be given a collective voice in agricultural development. Objectives of the platform include the exchange of information and connection people, contributing to strategic ARD policy debates, the promotion of agriculture among young people and facilitating access to resources and capacity building opportunities.

The disenfranchisement of youth in the dry areas is primarily due to a lack of political power and decision-making, poor access to finance and markets, unsupportive institutions and policies, and the absence of social equality.

Dryland Systems will focus on youth because youth migration and unemployment are key challenges in dry areas and youth retention and positive community contribution in rural areas are a means to meet those challenges. Strengthening youths ability to learn and make decisions based on adequately contextualized knowledge and the development of leadership skills to overcome the complexity of dryland systems in its whole are key strategies for youth empowerment.

A youth component will be a part of every SRT within Dryland Systems. SRT1 will include youth as an explicit stakeholder in the innovation platform. SRT 2 will address youths’ specific vulnerabilities and risks. SRT 3 will build capacity and employment of youth through entrepreneurship and innovation. SRT 4 will enhance cross regional cross-regional information sharing via ICT4D.

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  • Age, graduate as well, Multi-stakeholders=…… , !Why YPARD?youth are often doing a lot of the work but not getting adequate recognition and their voice and key concerns are not heard nor taken into consideration. ‘Silent’ performers; passive participantsLimited access to trainings, meetings aor attending conferences like this one.It’s not always easy for youths to speak up in their organisations, to give their viewpoint, to ask questions or to voice their concerns. YPARD can help to allow them to discuss these issues with other youth are the key stakeholders for the sustainability of the ARD arena
  • Young small scale farmers particularly
  • Mentoring: polic example to be expanded on other aspects of the CRPAssessing on country levels – YPARD CR – senegal – india as pilot phaseGroup of stakeholders: government, research, farmers etc
  • Supporting the YOUTH in CRP1.1 to achieve impact

    1. 1. Supporting the YOUTH in CRP1.1 toachieve impact
    2. 2. • International movement• YPs under 40• Active in Agricultural Dev.• Multi-stakeholders• Network of regional officesand country representativesWhat is YPARD?
    3. 3. Why YPARD?Because youth need…• To get involved• To access Professional opportunities• To be given a voice• Sustainable ARD = their future!
    4. 4. 1. Exchanging information & Connecting people2. Contributing to strategic ARD policy debates3. Promoting agriculture among young people4. Facilitating access to resources and capacity buildingopportunitiesObjectives
    5. 5. Youth specific needs Disenfranchisement of Youth in the dryland areas = Lack of:◦ political power and decision making◦ access to finance and markets◦ supportive institutions and policies◦ social inequity
    6. 6. Why a Youth focus in the CRP?• Policies, institutions and technology’s access forYouth empowerment• Sustainability through social equity (Payne) andwork with leaders of today and tomorrow• Research -> best practices for sustainablelivelihoods• Address the causes of youth migration andunemployment – retain youth in rural areasand get them to contribute to the well-being oftheir community
    7. 7. Youth empowerment in Dryland systemsStrengthening their... “ability to learn and make decisions based onadequately contextualized knowledge” leadership skills to overcome the complexity of drylandsystems in its whole
    8. 8. How to empower the youth?• Conducting Youth targeted research (age-disaggregated data)• Providing Capacity building opportunities• Involving youth in Policy debates and decisions• Mentoring – Policy level and beyond• Making sure to address young women issuesthrough the gender-focused activities planned• Be context-specific and valorise collaborativeaction
    9. 9. Youth component in the SRTs• SRT 1 – Youth as explicit stakeholder in theinnovation platform, notably as a voice of theyouth on policy level• SRT2 – Addressing youths’ specific vulnerabilitiesand risks – finance, land, capacity buildingopportunities• SRT3 – Capacity building & employment –entrepreneurship, innovation and productivityfor sustainable intensification• SRT4 – Youth to enhance cross-regionalinformation sharing via ICT4D
    10. 10. Key points for Youth empowerment Age disaggregated data (research) Mentoring senior/juniorpartnerships Assessing the capacity needs ofYPs locally Involving YPARD/youthrepresentatives in countrystrategic teams Engaging youth as an explicitstakeholder representing differentgroups of stakeholders
    11. 11. Thank You!Sign up now (if not yet done)! @ www.ypard.netand