What is YPARD 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 participants Limited 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
Ageing with several issues related to countries with hiring freezes, which leads to a lack of mentorship for new people coming into the organisation. We thus, need to support our young staff and not to lose the knowledge and experience. We need to look at how to engage young people in this area and work with them to ensure that there is interest for the future as well.
Youth are an asset and yet they are often viewed as inexperienced and unable to contribute to discussions. They provide new ways of thinking and enable us to question our current methods. enthusiastic, open and frank, at ease with change and complexity, have good computer literacy, build collaboration and partnerships and tend to reject traditional hierarchical and inter-institutional relationships Youth often not selected to attend meetings and workshops due to their inexperience
The context in which agriculture is changing and curriculum has not kept pace. Many studies that indicate that this is the case – that new graduates do not have the skills required for the current agricultural marketplace While enrollment in agriculture is not declining everywhere, it is growing at a much slower rate than other subjects. It is often not the candidates first choice. This increases the likelihood that they will not choose a career in agriculture but move into other subjects. With increased attention to holistic and multi-disciplinary approaches to addressing challenges, agricultural professionals are expected to be able to integrate knowledge and practices from outside of their discipline and work within the ‘multi-functionality’ of agriculture Shifting Frameworks: we need to understand new roles in the context of urbanisation, rising education levels, rising aspirations, Youth tend to seek opportunities more conducive to urban lifestyles and perceived social status as well as improving work opportunities Emerging Trends – evolving consumer preferences, shifting from primary production to processing. More knowledge intensive, include changed methodologies and will likely focus on agribusiness and export oriented growth; as those areas generally provide better remunerated employment in the agricultural sector. Understand the trends helps us to better understand the drivers and experiences of young people choosing to go into agriculture. With the recession, traditional business ventures become more risky – how can we use this opportunity to demonstrate viable options in agriculture? These can also be viewed as opportunities for better educated youth looking to get into the market.
Literature shows that this is an area of concern but that youth have not been traditionally involved in the process Note that the target group for this survey was young people with an undergraduate degree or higher. This is specifically providing input into tertiary level education in agriculture. They must also be dynamic and flexible which enables them to be more useful across a range of profiles and change with the times as needed. Key documents in ARD will be consulted to provide a set of guidelines for the development of new profiles
Paisley Working towards a new generation of young professionals in Agricultural Research for Development
Working towards a new generation of young professionals in Agricultural Research for Development Courtney Paisley,YPARD CoordinatorPresented at:Young People, Farming and Food: Future of the Agrifood Sector in Africa
What is YPARD?A global platform of young professionals under 40 years ofage active in Agricultural Research for Development (ARD)A movement by youth, for youth, for agriculturaldevelopment
Ageing ARD population Age distribution by agency and gender, 2007 (calculated by headcount) At these three agencies, the large majority of researchers were over the age of 40 in 2007. Over half were between the ages 51 and 60. This aging pool of well-qualified researchers, many of whom will retire in the next decade, is a major area of concern. Sources: Calculated by authors from ASTI-AWARD 2008/09.
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
Our Stakeholders• Universities• Research Institutions• Donor organizations• NGOs/CSOs• Government agencies• Farmer organizations• Private sector
Objectives• To facilitate the exchange of information and knowledge among young professionals across disciplines, professions, age and regions• To broaden opportunities for young professionals to contribute to strategic ARD policy debates• To facilitate access to resources and capacity building opportunities• To work towards a future for agriculture with young professionals• Collect data on the declining interest of young people in agriculture and develop concrete steps for addressing some of these issues.• Youth must be involved in this discussion and development of these strategies.• Assess the new skills that are needed for emerging young professionals to contribute effectively to an improved ARD.
Curriculum that responds to a changing agriculture• Skills of graduates do not meet the needs of the agriculture sector• New multi-disciplinary approaches• Enrolment in agricultural studies lagging• Shifting frameworks and emerging trends• New areas of growth and opportunities
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Objectives Include youth input Influence curriculum development and education policy.Method Survey to young professionals starting their careers and recent graduates as well as employers. Networks: YPARD, IAAS alumni and Ruforum
Competence Groups The highest score is the least important competence group