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Youth and Agricultural Biotechnologies

corn-soybean-farm_-dinesh-pandayAgriculture, Biotechnology and Youth

In the 1850’s, Louis Pasteur discovered fermentation process which implicates involvement of microbes, this is called the initiation of biotechnology in soil microbiology. Later when direct extraction and characterization of microbial DNA from environmental sample became possible around time period of 1900’s-2000’s, then the concept of soil has been changing which include not only unconsolidated material present on Earth surface but also ‘dynamic’ natural body.

Soil, water and its biological environment is a critical component of sustainable agriculture. The increasing human population is placing greater pressure on these resources and threatening our ability to produce sufficient food, feed, fiber and fuel. However, the beauty of sustainable agriculture, which takes advantage of traditional agricultural techniques, as well as the most recent technological advances.

The current global trends of young generations are not being integrated in to agriculture and farming, leaving food production in the hands of elderly. But, it is vital that these younger leaders and future decision makers understand the critical role of agricultural science innovation in addressing the world’s most pressing problems. They can be attracted by sharing of promising practices and strategies that can engage agriculture and biotechnology.

Role of Global Communities for Agricultural Biotechnologies

The question arises that how can prepare those young professionals for active roles of leadership and service to address critical needs and ensure the sustainability of agriculture? Broadly, it needs changes or improvement on educational curriculum, global continuum experiences, and diverse set of partners, coordination, collaboration and outreach.

Researchers at agricultural universities are constantly exploring better ways to raise food. There is compelling evidence that modern biotechnology applications such as tissue culture can greatly enhance productivity by generating large quantities of disease-free, clean planting material. Youth with a first degree in agriculture or biological sciences should be encouraged and facilitated to establish such some low-cost tissue-culture business facilities at community level.

The global community (like, YPARD) can impact on understanding the knowledge level of agriculture and biotechnology among the students/ researchers by organizing webinar, seminar through the use of presentations, discussions and hands-on activities. In addition, agriculture needs young professional who have an understanding of international agriculture issues and an enthusiasm for engaging in these issues on a global scale and hence by joining such a global community is always advantage.

Policy needed for Better Inclusion of Agricultural Biotechnologies

Biotechnology companies are investing billions of dollars in consolidations to ensure access to these rapidly growing markets, and in further research and development. However, the world of the rural poor, of small-scale, resource poor subsistence farmers in developing countries are still out of circles from the world of biotechnology. Hence, governments, scientists, non-governmental organizations, donors will have to consider the development of innovative mechanisms for the transfer of biotechnologies in developing country agriculture. At the students (young professionals) level, there is need of education, empowerment and motivation for young people to lead agricultural activities for improved and sustainable food production. It must focus on preparing the next generation scientists by enhancing youth development.

Personal Views of Dinesh Panday, PhD scholar in Soil Fertility at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, e-mail: dpanday2@unl.edu  

#GCARD3: Together We Are Shaping the Future

Today, 5th April 2016,  Third Global Conference on Agricultural Research and Development (GCARD3) is formally opened at the Birchwood Hotel and O.R. Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg, South Africa which will be continued for next 3 days.

The global event is hosting by the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) of South Africa, in support of Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and Consortium of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), is expected to be an inclusive, participatory process and will be an opportunity to shape the future of global agricultural research.

History of GCARD

The Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) has been created to promote effective, targeted investment and build partnership, capacities and mutual accountabilities at all levels of the agricultural system so as to ensure that today’s agricultural research will meet the needs of the resource-poor end user.

As history, GCARD1 was held in March 2010 (France), resulted in the “GCARD Road Map”, a six-point plan for transforming agricultural research for development (ARD) around the world. In November 2012 (Uruguay) GCARD2 identified pathways to impact ARD, which led to 15 new commitments around partnership, capacity development and foresight. The GCARD3, which theme is “no one left behind: agri-food innovation and research for a sustainable world” kicks off a two-year global consultation process designed to help shape the strategy and future direction of international agriculture research and innovation.

National and Regional Consultations

During the year of 2015/2016, before to GCARD3, there were 20 national consultations meeting were coordinated by CGIAR centers with national partners. In Nepal, it was organized on 11th January, which objective was to share current CGIAR research activities to receive better insights of different research priorities of the stakeholders so as to run smoothly and have better impact on the research activities in Nepal. Similarly, GFAR and regional partners has organized 5 regional consultations meeting around the world.

Why GCARD3?

Sessions at the GCARD3 will reflect upon the outcomes of the national and regional dialogues with a view to bridging the gaps between the generation of new ideas and their impact in development and it will bring together stakeholders to confirm commitments to the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and to discuss emerging applications in agri-food research and innovation.

The outcome will be a clear understanding of what is needed to achieve sustainable agricultural development in which “no one is left behind”. The Program is based on five key themes

  1. Scaling up: from research to impact;
  2. Demonstrating results and attracting investment;
  3. Keeping science relevant and future-focused;
  4. Sustaining the business of farming, and
  5. Ensuring better rural futures

Mainstreaming of Youth

GCARD3 is also becoming a major a space for youth, out of 512 GCARD3 participants, 140 are youth (that is more than 25%). There’s youth representation in all core teams (panels, speakers) of virtually every theme and session to discussion on how youth-led initiatives and their supporters can join forces better and work collectively towards youth-in-agriculture empowerment for agricultural development.

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Participants, Social Media Boot Camp (Photo: GCARD3-SMB)

i) Social Media Boot Camp

To support GCARD3, a 3 days long social media boot camp was organized to train a group of 75 social reporters from young social reporters, finalists of the Youth Agri-preneurs Project (YAP) and staffs from GFAR partner organizations, who have never worked together before so they can report live from the event. This is to ensure that they will be well equipped with the tools and skills to integrate thousands of people who cannot be at the conference into the onsite discussions.

ii) Global Youth Delegates

Among 96 applications, there are 14 young enthusiasts as GCARD3 Youth delegates to be the voice of the youth: to be part of the discussions online and onsite, to solicit their peers to contribute with their own input, and to particularly express those youth specific aspirations, challenges, needs and opportunities they see for the youth to be active agents of change for agricultural developments at all levels.

iii) Finalists of Youth Agri-preneurs Project (YAP)

About 2 months ago, YAP was announced as a pilot project targeting young agricultural entrepreneurs or agri-preneurs by GFAR, CGIAR and the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD). Within three weeks, the organizer received 428 YAP proposals from youth around the globe. Through public voting and jury selection, later 6 proposals were announced as the finalists for the YAP. Each finalist will get a US$5,000 seed fund to facilitate the startup of their project, spread over the period of one year, and will be mentored by YPARD.

This blogpost is written by  Dinesh Panday, Communication officer at YPARD Asia and Pacific Coordination Unit.

Transforming Agriculture in Nepal

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Photo Credit: Sanot Adhikari

Written by: Dinesh Panday

In some years, the government declares the subsidy on quality seed to ensure food security through increased productivity but in the whole fiscal year there is neither mechanism developed nor execution.

Similarly, with regard to access to credit, the so called Agriculture Development Bank changed its policy to invest in non-agricultural portfolio and some other commercial bank like, Mega Bank which has alternative name for plough to power (to promote small scale business), but speaking truly it’s no more than slogan.

There are several instances of such nature. Weak policy formulation, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and revision system together with inconsistency in agriculture is an important issue which has created frustration among farm families and out migration of youth from rural areas.

Agriculture in Nepal is characterized by low productivity which is mainly due to predominance of traditional farming practices, heavy reliance on weather conditions and poor infrastructure development. Agriculture has been one of the pillars of the development since I was a child. On an average, in spite of two decades of investment, there is only decimal (about 3 percent) progress in Nepalese agriculture.

Government has been developing Agriculture Development Strategy (ADS) to replace Agricultural Perspective Plan (APP) from 2015 with the concept of agricultural transformation, but the transformation process is not getting momentum due to small uneconomic farm size, resource constraints, inadequate infrastructure development, lack of alternative employment opportunities, lack of technical knowledge and business skills among farmers and inadequate policy supports.

In this regard, here I am presenting some of the major ways to transform Nepalese agriculture to achieve much higher productivity, competitiveness, inclusiveness, and sustainability while making it more resilient to climate change impacts, which is also a road map of ADS.

Public Private Partnership

Coordination is one of the widely talked word and terminology in Nepal but it has failed almost all the time. The contribution of the private sector has been grossly overlooked. Hence, there is a need to create conducive environment which promote private sector involvement in agriculture. Moreover, it needs to enhance a favorable environment for a broad and pluralistic participation and resource coordination amongst all potential service providers and beneficiaries in partnership to adapt and modify technologies to best meet its farmer’s requirement. So we need more public and private research to work hand in hand for farmers.

 Value Chain Approach

High value-added agricultural products in order to have a high return help to open up new markets, and even build their own brand, and promote farm diversification. Nepal is already member of WTO and other organizations which increases the competition between domestic and foreign products and entrepreneurs to satisfy consumers from their products and services. The association of actors in agribusiness chains helps to realize economies of scale and gain market power of Nepalese agricultural products. This has been observed explicitly in poultry, dairy, tea, cardamom, ginger, and fresh vegetable sectors.

Commercialization and Competitive Advantage

Investment of resources, horizontal and vertical linkages between value chain actors, and policy supports help to commercialize certain sector of agriculture industry. The involvement of farmers and resources invested in these sectors and outputs generated from them provide competitive advantage for import substitution and export promotion. Commercialization of agriculture, being a national goal, has been receiving top priority in policies, plans, and programmes of the government. However, such efforts have been in project mode not in policy shift mode. Such projects which are currently in implementation include Project for Agricultural commercialization and Trade (PACT), High Value Agricultural Project (HVAP), etc.

Agricultural Mechanization

Our agriculture is heavily dependent on human and animal power which constitutes 78 percent of the total farm power, while mechanical sources contribute only 22 percent, also one of the factors responsible for high cost of production. Agricultural mechanization, which includes improvement of simple farm tools and implements like sickle and hoe to use of power tillers, harvesters, planters and seed drills etc., has become the need of the day where concept of collective farming or block farming could be appropriate to make huge plots. Recently, government officials have developed Contract Farming Guideline focusing on the import of modern farming machinery, including discounts on VAT and other taxes. All of these particularly automation and use of ICTs will also add glamour to farming and attract more youth in agriculture bychanging their perception into an exciting and innovative industry.

Capacity building and Farmer Outreach

The current prevailing simple mechanistic delivery system of training is not enough to support farming. Limited numbers of experts (JTA to officers) are trying hard to teach the huge number of farmers and generate appropriate technology. In the field, one front line extension worker has to look after more than 1300 farm families. More ever, major of our technology transfer materials are outdated and more recent publication are in doner agencies preference language than in Nepali.

There is also need to have better coordination among training providing institutions. Providing agribusiness or entrepreneurship training to remittance recipient households and returnee migrants can play vital role in commercializing agriculture at faster rate. Hence, the government should develop supportive policy for development of human resources to improve farmers’ livelihoods, support resource sustainability, ensure national food security and promote agribusiness and trade.

To conclude that it would not be wrong as Nepal’s agricultural policies are made without their serious engagement which was also stressed in recently held program called ‘Nepal Economic Summit 2014 – Destination Nepal for Investment.’ It is high time for the government of Nepal to look into these issues critically and get the policies implemented properly so that Nepal can once again entrench as an agriculturally self-sufficient country where farmers feel secure and embrace farming as means of business and not merely a way of living.

Raising Your Career Potentials- EduMala Mentoring Program

EduMala Mentoring ProgramHow do you feel when someone gives you a ride when you are walking on a lonely road?

You answer might be “it’s awesome!!!” Like that, EduMala is what YPARD Nepal has been developing to help you!

EduMala Mentoring Program, which is specially targeted to the undergraduate/ graduate level students from Nepal, who have no or less idea about online/offline platform and its benefits, but they are really interested to be a part of it. They have academic knowledge, but might be lacking of soft skills, including coordination, negotiation, management, and/or interpersonal communications etc.

Through this program, we are trying to provide those kind of skills using interactive videos, presentations, online forums to achieve our mentees expectations. Currently, we are offering 5 courses with 5 mentors for 5 weeks. Every day mentor will spend at least 30 minutes with mentees during his/her session. Mentors and their course title are given below:

Dinesh Panday- Written communications skills, youth opportunities and networks in agriculture and social media

Lok Raj Joshi- Scientific writing, tips on scientific article publishing, Proposal writing

Santosh Adhikari- Government youth promoting policies and facilities with focal person information and successful stories of young entrepreneurs

Abhishek Khadka- Food entrepreneur and food quality control

Ishwora Dhungana- Social event management and coordination with local and national agencies

We received 114 applications to join this program as mentee and finally, we divided this number in to 3 groups; first group with 34, and rest two groups with 40/40. The first session will be starting from 3rd January 2016. We are also trying to make our sessions more participatory and supportive by developing problem solving skills.

Video- EduMala Mentoring Program

 

Call for Application: Clinton International Summer School 2015

nepalese youth opportunitiesDeadline: May 1, 2015
Age: 20 to 26 years
Location: Northern Ireland, UK.
Time: June 22 to 26, 2015

The 2015 Clinton International Summer School, in partnership with the INCORE Summer School at Ulster University. is a one-week intensive scholarship program for university students from post-conflict and developing regions. The curriculum is designed to promote entrepreneurship, leadership and community engagement and prepare the students to advance positive change and economic development in their home communities. The program provides the participants with a unique opportunity to experience first-hand Northern Ireland’s historical conflict and that region’s continuing road to reconciliation, peace and prosperity.

The students are required to identify in advance an entrepreneurial or technology project that would improve the economic and social conditions in their home region. The module is run in partnership with the Nerve Center and under the auspices of the newly launched PeaceTech.Lab. Students are expected to submit a final report on how they would implement their project, based on what they learned in the Summer School.

Student Eligibility

–Students who meet the following eligibility requirements are invited to apply:

–Undergraduate and graduate students, between the ages of 20-26

–Leadership capacity

–A technology plan that would benefit their home community

–Highly recommended by university or community organization

–Experience with ethnic or religious conflict or with high poverty rate

–Fluent English skills

Covered Expense

–One week program of instruction at Ulster University, Magee Campus

–Travel Costs covered up to $1,000

–Lodging at Magee

–Dinners at Magee and allowance for other meals

–Field trips to Derry, Giants Causeway

–Tour of Belfast and one night in Corrymeela

Apply

Post Source: http://www.youthlegend.com/fully-funded-clinton-international-summer-school-2015/

Announcing #NYFAED15: National Youth Forum on Agro-based Entrepreneurship Development, 9-11 January 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal

NYFAED15YPARD Nepal with Multifarious Consultancy and Research Centre (MCRC) Pvt. Ltd., Kathmandu, Nepal’s support call for applications from Nepalese youth to participate in the National Youth Forum on Agro-based Entrepreneurship Development (#NYFAED15) that will take place from January the 9th to the 11th, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal. #NYFAED15 will bring together around 40 young professionals to discuss the future of the agro-based entrepreneurship development in Nepal. #NYFAED15 seeks to:

  1. Identify the steps required for wider involvement of young professionals in promoting sustainable intensification and profitable entrepreneurship in the agricultural sector;
  2. Chart the way forward out of mentorship programmes for bridging research and knowledge gaps in agricultural system;
  3. Generate conceptual tools needed for wider engagement and contribution of youth in agricultural development.

Online application is available at http://www.ypard.net/news/nyfaed15-national-youth-forum-agro-based-entrepreneurship-development-2015.

Submission deadline: 25 December 2014.

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YPARD Photo-Calendar Contest – Soils through Youth’s Eyes

Why Soil Matters?

Soil constitutes the foundation of agriculture and thus provides us with food, fiber, feed and fuel. Soil provides ecosystem services critical for life: soil acts as a water filter and a growing medium; provides habitat for billions of organisms, contributing to biodiversity. Besides, almost all of the antibiotics we take to help us fight infections are obtained from soil microorganisms! Humans use soil as a holding facility for solid waste, filter for waste water, and foundation for our cities and towns. It is the greatest pool of soil organic carbon and regulates the nutrient cycle.

However, for a multiple of reasons, including modern agricultural practices, deforestation, and overgrazing, the world’s soil is at risk. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), “Half of the topsoil on the planet has been lost in the last 150 years.” Additionally, “as a result of erosion over the past 40 years, 30 percent of the world’s arable land has become unproductive.”

Due to the importance of sustainable soil management for present and future generations,the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly has declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils with the aim to raise awareness about this forgotten natural resource.

Soils through Youth´s Eyes

For the celebration of the International Year of Soils, the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) kicks-off a photo-calendar contest with the scope of creating a photo-calendar for 2015 with the theme “Soils through Youth’s Eyes.”

By launching this photo contest, YPARD aims to engage young people into the discussions around the importance of soils. Pictures related to soils, sent by YPARD members from around the world, will help illustrate the importance of this key thematic area of FAO´s work, from the youth’s perspective.

How can I participate?

Participants will have one month to submit up to 3 pictures to info@ypard.net with subject line “Photo-calendar contest”. Pictures must transmit the potential, contribution and importance of healthy soils in the food system according to young professionals in agricultural development. Send your pictures to participate in the “Soils through Youth´s Eyes” photo-calendar contest by December the 14th, 2014 (11pm CET).

All the photo entries will undergo a jury’s selection first. The public will then vote among the best 24 pictures, from 19th of December to 26th of December, through a photo album created on YPARD Facebook page.

There will be two photos spotted for each month. E.g. 2 pictures for January, 2 pictures for February and so on. YPARD Facebook users will be able to vote the picture they like the most for every month by “liking” it.

The 12 most-“liked” pictures will be chosen to feature our “Soils through Youth´s Eyes” photo-calendar for 2015. The YPARD “Soils through Youth´s Eyes” photo-calendar will be posted on our e-library.

Jury and prizes

The jury of the “Soils through Youth´s Eyes” photo-calendar contest will be formed by a YPARD member staff with the support of a photographer.

The best 12 images will be announced as winners on YPARD website on the 28th of December, 2014 and will be awarded with their featuring on the 2015 YPARD “Soils through Youth´s Eyes” photo-calendar. The winning photos will be also published (photo credits included) on FAO Global Soil Partnership’s website.

Eligibility

  • Entrants should be between 18-40 years old and must have taken the photograph themselves.
  • Photographs may have been taken at any time prior to the contest launch.
  • Photographs should not have dates or text on the image.
  • Each participant can send up to three photographs.
  • All photographs should be in jpeg format.
  • Along with the picture, participants should add the following information: name, surname, date of birth, email, title and description of photograph, location and date when photo was taken.
  • Entrants should be members of YPARD: http://ypard.net/user/register

Format

  • File size: Minimum size is 1500 x 2100 pixels; min 300dpi; up to 5 MB.
  • Image data files should be created with digital smartphones and still cameras (including medium and large-format cameras).
  • Images that have been retouched using software or by other means will be accepted. Both colour and monochrome images will be accepted. (Scans of photographs taken by film cameras are not eligible.)
  • Winning entries may be reproduced for possible inclusion in future International Year of Soils promotional materials. Entry in this contest represents consent to use the photo in future publications without further compensation.

 

This content was originally posted on YPARD‘s website.

The latest report from the IPCC: what does it mean for young people?

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On 31 March, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) launched the report from Working Group II (focusing on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability), the second part of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) on climate change.

What is this report all about?

This report is the second in the latest series published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The first report from Working Group I, published in September 2013 focused on the climate science (read all about that report and what it means for young people here), and this report from Working Group II (WG2)


“… evaluates how patterns of risks and potential benefits are shifting due to climate change. It considers how impacts and risks related to climate change can be reduced and managed through adaptation and mitigation. The report assesses needs, options, opportunities, contraints, resilience, limits, and other aspects associated with adaptation.”

—————-– IPCC Summary for Policy Makers


The report, based on more than 12,000 peer-reviewed scientific papers (double the number that the 2007 report was based on) emphasises that we don’t have a choice between adaptation or mitigation, the world has to do both, because current projections will create scenarios and impacts we are unable to adapt to.

 

Credit: 350.org

What does it mean for young people?

It was never going to be good news for young people, and with warnings of food and water shortages, ocean acidification and rising sea levels, impacts on human health, increasingconflict and a huge cost to the global economy, the WG2 report predicts a grim future if we do nothing to curb climate change. But it’s not just about the future. The report highlights that the impacts of climate change are already being felt right across the world, and that vulnerable communities, and particularly women, children and the elderly within those communities bear the brunt of these impacts. WG2 also points to the inadequacy of the funding for adaptation projects, and points to the potential burden of climate change on the global economy in the future.

What does it mean for policy?

Realistically, just like the report from Working Group I, this report probably means little in terms of changes to policy. As I said then


Negotiations in forums such as the UNFCCC aren’t around whether climate change is happening or if humans are responsible, they’re about who is going to do what about it, by when, and who will pay.

At the national level, some governments may be spurred on to speed up the implementation of adaptation and preparedness measures given the faster than predicted rate of climate change. But for the most part, governments have already heard the warnings, and have made their decisions about whether or not to react and if so, to what extent.

—————– Read the full article on the Working Group I report here.


This still holds true; despite the stark predictions and renewed warnings, this report is unlikely to have a significant impact on policy. But, as with September’s report, the findings of Working Group II are still a call to action to governments, business and civil society to get serious about tackling the causes and impacts of climate change.

More reading and resources.

REPORT: Read the full report from the IPCC’s Working Group II on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. [Link]

SUMMARY: The IPCC’s own Summary for Policy Makers is a useful and accessible summary of the full-length report. [Link]

INFOGRAPHICS: A series of infographics on women and children, food, health, ecosystems and extreme from the UN Foundation and Climasphere. [Link]. [Click on the image to view].

BRIEFING: IPCC AR5 Working Group 2: A Regional Breakdown. By GCCA & CAN. [Link]

ARTICLE: More global warming will be worse for the economy, says the Copenhagen Consensus Center. Guardian. [Link]

RESOURCE PAGE: What does the latest IPCC report mean for human health? By the Global Climate & Health Alliance. [Link]

ARTICLE: Climate Change is World’s ‘Gravest Security Threat’. RTCC. [Link]

PODCAST: Kevin Anderson, professor of energy and climate change at the Tyndall Centre at the University of Manchester sets the scene for the report release, giving an overview of the IPCC and what the AR5 says for Friends of the Earth. [Link]

ARTICLE: “What is the IPCC and why does it matter?” by Tierney Smith of TckTckTck. [Link]

FACTSHEETS: from the IPCC itself, covering topics including:

  • “How does the IPCC select its authors?”
  • “How does the IPCC review process work?”
  • “How does the IPCC deal with alleged errors?”

[Link]

INFOGRAPHIC: “25 years of the IPCC” by Nature [Link] [Click on the image to view].

IPCC-Graphic

 

 

Call for Special session: Youth in Southeast Asia #ForestsAsia

Agenda: Monday | May 5th – 18.00 – 20.00

Special Session: Youth in Southeast Asia

Forests_Asia_Youth_Online_posterAre you:

  • Involved in forestry and passionate about the role youth play?
  • Passionate about finding creative solutions to big challenges?

Then you are just the person we are hoping will register for the youth session at the Forests Asia Summit!

What is the youth session at the Forests Asia Summit?

Youth are getting increasingly involved in policy and research efforts across the forestry and development sectors. Despite this, we are still seeing the same tired conference format of presentation after presentation with a lack of deep discussions and actionable outcomes.

We want to change that.

At the Forests Asia Summit on Monday May 5, we’ll be bringing together the best and brightest minds from Southeast Asia to talk about the future of the region’s forests.

We want young people at the forefront of this summit to identify new ways we can tackle major forestry issues and how youth can help drive such solutions forward.

Youth will be split into 5 roundtables where they will discuss ways to tackle a challenge facing Southeast Asia’s forests and people today. Each roundtable will be focused on one of the Summit’s discussion themes:

  • Governance and legal frameworks to promote sustainable landscapes
  • Investing in landscapes for green returns
  • Climate change and low emissions development on the ground
  • Linking food, forests and landscapes
  • Changing communities, sustainable landscapes and equitable development

Click here for more information about each theme.

 

Post Source: http://www.cifor.org/forestsasia/agenda-item/monday-may-5th/special-session-youth-southeast-asia/

YPARD changes its Logo!

Rolling out YPARD new logo

2014 is the launch of YPARD’s 2014-2018 vision, set to strengthen YPARD’s ability to foster youth’s role for a sustainable agricultural development.

We kicked off the year with a key strategic planning meeting which marks a turn for YPARD. A series of changes were made to reflect the dynamism and wide-scale performance of YPARD. YPARD’s full name, its vision and mission, have been revisited in order to better encompass our focus on Youth’s key role for Agricultural Development ( – beyond research ). Learn more on the report of the Strategic Planning meeting.

Also, a 2013 External Review emphasized the great progress made by YPARD since 2009, date of the last ER. For instance, YPARD membership showed a 400% increase and our community gained more recognition among global agricultural development’s stakeholders.

YPARD new brand Logo reflects the significant growth of YPARD, and its key 2014strategic shifts and planning.

By bringing a new fresh and revitalized look to the logo, we emphasize the innovative character of youth’s activities. YPARD stands more than ever as a dynamic community, symbolized by the 3D-effect open circle of the Logo which brings together nature and people. This new representation is also a way to better place YPARD among agricultural development stakeholders.

A new Logo is the symbol of the organisational changes bringing new directions for YPARD activities. This includes focusing on more thematic and in-depth content, mentoring perspectives for young people and strengthening the YPARD team.

This visual representation unveils who we are and what we do. It is also a way topromote agriculture among the youth by giving a modern image of our community of young professionals in agriculture.

Aesthetic is very subjective and Change is often something hard to get through – even for the best. We hope that most of you will enjoy this “wind of change”!

To the graphic design lovers: have you ever noticed the astonishing Apple’s logo evolution?Have a look at it!

 

Post Source: http://ypard.net/2014-february-14/ypard-changes-its-logo