A movement by youth, for youth, foragricultural development.A global platform of young professionalsunder 40 years of age active inAgricultural Research for Development(ARD)
Rationale Insufficient participation of YPs in dialogues Limited access to opp.• Absence of PT to voice YP’s ideas, opinions and concerns• Declining interest in agric.Obj.:1. Facilitate I&K exc among Yps: disciplines, professions, age andregions2. Broaden opp for YPs to contribute to strategic ARD policydebates3. To promote agriculture among young people4. To facilitate access to resources and capacity buildingopportunities
Distribution: 5215 members from 146countries -Our Stakeholders: universities, researchinstitutions, donororganizations, NGOs/CSOs, govtagencies, farmers organizations, privatesector, etc
Benefits of YPARD membership? Information on fundingopportunities, jobs, fellowships, news in ARD and more! YPARD newsletter to keep up-to-date on activities ofinterest to YPs in ARD Online interaction with YPs around the globe Opportunities to apply to represent YP interests at meetingsand workshops Getting involved in the peer2peer mentoring programme Becoming a representative and building your professionalexperience Actively contributing to a more dynamic ARD!
Some YPARD-Africa activities:1. Facilitate exchange of information and knowledgeamong young professionals across disciplines,professions, age and regions. Online platform at www.ypard.net enables youngprofessionals to share information, engage in onlinediscussions and blog about your experiences2. Broaden opportunities for young professionals tocontribute to strategic ARD policy debates. Have enabled YPs to attend and contribute to severalevents including: AfricaAdapt, YALDA events, 5th and 6thAASW & FARA GA, etc
Activities, cont’d3. Promote agriculture among young people. Engage in studies to examine the declining interest ofYPs in ARD, eg.4. Facilitate access to resource and capacity buildingopportunities This includes organising capacity building opportunitiesin collaboration with partners: workshops on grantwriting , on agro-entrepreneurship and training for Yps;Facebook-YPARD, & other trad. & modern media tools Information services to members: Facebook-YPARD,emails, funding opportunities and information relevantto YPs in ARD
What else? We‘re looking for... More members! Expanding YP members in different stakeholdergroups Increasing institutional linkages More young professionals driving the process –ideas coming from a local level More dynamic online discussions More young faces and voices at key ARD debates Innovative and youth led ARD!
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