General Introduction of YPARD


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General Introduction of YPARD

  1. 1. A movement by youth, for youth, for agricultural development
  2. 2. What is YPARD?A global platform of young professionals under 40 years ofage active in Agricultural Research for Development (ARD)
  3. 3. Why YPARD?  Insufficient participation of young professionals in dialogues addressing critical development issues • Limited access to professional opportunities for youth • Absence of a support network or platform to voice young professionals’ ideas, opinions and concerns • Declining interest in agricultural education among youth • The need for sustainable ARD
  4. 4. Objectives 1. To facilitate the exchange of information and knowledge among young professionals across disciplines, professions, age and regions 2. To broaden opportunities for young professionals to contribute to strategic ARD policy debates 3. To promote agriculture among young people 4. To facilitate access to resources and capacity building opportunities
  5. 5. Our Stakeholders• Universities• Research Institutions• Donor organizations• NGOs/CSOs• Government agencies• Farmer organizations• Private sector
  6. 6. Distribution: +4500 members from 117countries with+2700 subscribers to the mailing list
  7. 7. Coordination offices at at at Global Coordination Unit at + we have a YPARD Europe from January 2012!
  8. 8. What will you gain from being a YPARDmember? Information on funding opportunities, jobs, news in ARD and more! YPARD newsletter to keep up-to-date on activities of interest to YPs in ARD Online interaction with YPs around the globe Opportunities to apply to represent YP interests at meetings and workshops Getting involved in the peer2peer mentoring programme Becoming a representative and building your professional experience Actively contributing to a more dynamic ARD!
  9. 9. Some YPARD activities1. Facilitate exchange of information and knowledge among young professionals across disciplines, professions, age and regions. Online platform at enables young professionals to share information, engage in online discussions and blog about your experiences Development of a pilot peer2peer mentoring programme will connect young professionals around the world2. Broaden opportunities for young professionals to contribute to strategic ARD policy debates. Have enabled YPs to attend and contribute to several events including: CGIAR 2007, 2009 Science Forum, Y. Researchers Seminar in GCARD, ARIMNet, AfricaAdapt, EU Forum for Rural Dev., Web 2.0 training, Share Fair, etc
  10. 10. Activities, cont’d3. Promote agriculture among young people. Engage in studies to examine the declining interest of YPs in ARD, eg. YPARD is engaged in a study to develop a series of profiles on the ‘new young professional in ARD’ to inform the agricultural curriculum debate4. Facilitate access to resource and capacity building opportunities This includes organising capacity building opportunities in collaboration with partners: mapping training, workshops on grant writing , on agro-entrepreneurship and training for regional representatives Information services to members: newsletter, funding opportunities and information relevant to YPs in ARD
  11. 11. Success story:Collaborative GCARD2 Youth YPARD = International Youth voice GFAR = strategic and policy support CGIAR = capacity building in social reporting CTA = networking for more Youth on board Uruguay committee = “Local” Youth participation => +30 YP having an impact on GCARD2 outcomes, reaching out and getting online participants involved, and building capacities in social reporting (ICT4D)!
  12. 12. What else? We‘re looking for...  More members!  Expanding YP members in different stakeholder groups  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!
  13. 13. andSign up now ! @
  14. 14. Thank You!