2018 was a strategic year at YPARD that saw a lot of changes to the network’s strategic orientation. We are proud to look back at the successes and exciting initiatives the network took part in.
MEET THE NEW YPARD TEAM MEMBERS
At YPARD, we believe in structures that renew themselves and leadership that evolves. In April 2019, the YPARD Steering Committee (SC) met to choose the next SC team members. Meet the YPARD SC chair Rahul Antao and vice-chair Sithembile Mwamakamba and the new steering committee members too.
YPARD REPRESENTATION AROUND THE WORLD
YPARD Kenya member, Emily Ongus, represented YPARD at the recently launched 2019 Rural Development Report on rural development by the International Fund for Agricultural Development ( IFAD ). The focus of the report was on creating opportunities for rural youth.
In a bid to ensure diverse representation of young people in various executive meetings and committees, the Global Coordination Unit has nominated Flor as the YPARD representative in the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) the Capacity Development expert group. TAP is a coalition of more than 40 global, regional and national partners, coming from the G20 and other countries and works to contribute to the development of national capacities in agricultural innovation in the tropics.
To enable young professionals as key influencers that drive sustainable food systems is a key role of YPARD as a global youth network. For this reason, YPARD interacts with different organizations that drive sustainable food agenda through their works. The Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) and the European Alliance on Agricultural Knowledge for Development (Agrinatura) are two of YPARD’s partner that fall into this category. From 13th – 17th May 2019, through the support of the TAP secretariat, the YPARD director joined the Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS) International Forum, the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) Capacity Development Expert Group Meeting and the Agrinatura General Assembly in Belgium.
NEW IN THE E-LIBRARY
The YPARD Charter defines the scope, rules and the roles of YPARD. This third version of the Charter was democratically approved by members and the YPARD Steering Committee and incorporates some suggestions made by the 2017 external review and 2018 strategic planning meeting. It hopes to incorporate the vision and spirit of young professionals from all over the globe who voiced their concerns and needs in various founding meetings that led to the shaping of YPARD.
Have a look at the YPARD’s 2018 annual report to grasp all the year's YPARD activities, on local, national, regional and global levels.
IFAD is sharpening its focus on rural youth and targeting a dramatic increase in the number of young people trained in income-generating activities or business management. This report is based on substantive evidence and attempts to provide the kind of analysis that can inform policies, programmes and investments to promote a rural transformation that is inclusive of youth. It examines who rural youth are, where they live, and the multiple constraints they face in their journey from dependence to independence.
The Agribusiness 4 Change conference was organized from 7 to 8 May 2019 in Addis Ababa, followed by 4 concurrent field trips on 9th May 2019. During the keynote panel Agribusiness 4 Change, the YPARD and Dr. Godfrey Bahiigwa, Director at the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union, exchanged on Visions, gaps and action needed with regard to youth in agriculture and agribusiness. The active role of youth and how to harness the energy of youth via participation in existing platforms and policies were the most discussed.