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Call for Abstracts: YPARD Student Research Symposium, Kathmandu, Nepal

YPARD Symposium

YPARD Nepal, in support of INGENAES, is announcing a Call for Abstracts for “YPARD Student Research Symposium” on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in Hotel Shangri-La, Kathmandu, Nepal. It is designed to provide an opportunity for Nepalese undergraduate and graduate students to present their existing and emerging research work among university students and faculty members, researchers, young agri-entrepreneurs. It also encourages students to expand their professional network and leadership skills.

The #YPARDSymposium will feature keynote addresses by nationally and internationally renowned four speakers:

  • Dr. Anil Shrestha, Professor of Weed Science at California State University
  • Dr. Krishna Kaphle, Associate Professor of Animal Science at Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Tribhuvan University
  • Dr. Arjun Kumar Shrestha, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Agriculture and Forestry University
  • Dr. Shital Kaji Shrestha, Business Head at NIMBUS Krishi Kendra

YPARD Nepal welcomes abstracts from agriculture, livestock/ veterinary, food and nutrition themes. All abstracts must be submitted in English language. Interested individuals or groups are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words for oral or poster presentation mode. Abstracts can be submitted online at https://goo.gl/ZkRgdU.

There are no any costs for abstract submission and registration in #YPARDSymposium. To participate as non-presenter, please contact at ypardnepal@gmail.com.

Important dates

  • September 24, 2017: Abstract submission opens
  • October 23, 2017: Abstract submission closes
  • October 25, 2017: Notification of abstract submission
  • October 30, 2017: Registration of accepted abstracts

Details of call for abstracts: http://ypard.net/2017-09-23/call-abstracts-ypard-student-research-symposium-kathmandu-nepal


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.


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.


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.

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.

Post Source: YPARD

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.


  • 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


  • 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.

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

Social media for youth empowerment

cropped-blog-header-finalToday’s generation of young people is the largest in history. More than 60 percent of the world’s rural population is made of youth for example, population of 16-40 age group in Nepal accounts for 38.8 percent of the total population. Given that the youth is backbone of the nation from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives, it is necessary to make overall development of the youth and include their capacity in the mainstream of national development.

Nowadays, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has been a key platform for the knowledge sharing and networking as development through empowerment to the youth for global change significantly. Though definition of social media depends upon the perception of individual differently, I agreed with that it is forms of electronic communication (as websites for social networking and micro blogging) through which users can create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other contents. The power of social media is enormous; they have the ability to multiply seeding numbers by 1000s.

YPARD Awareness Campaign @ Paklihawa Campus, Nepal ©2012

Since the time of undergraduate level, I am using my personal blog to write posts and it’s near to ten months ago, when I knew about YPARD and e-agriculture, then I started to write up blog posts on these websites. After getting training on social media from GCARD2, I am using social media more comfortably. When I became YPARD Nepal representative, I have successfully completed YPARD Awareness Campaign  in Nepalese agricultural universities including training on social media session. I am still remembering comments made by Dwarika Bhattarai from Lamjung campus, “I’m feeling good on social media session so I will be able to make contribution as blog post.”

Youth can use their creativity and also increase their capacity for their future work life. Material is published via web by the youth helping them collaborate across local communalities, country boundaries and influence decision makers in different parts of the world. I believe, young people constitute an important and significant part of the population; yet this is not reflected in their level of involvement in decision-making processes and public debates. In this regards, social media has become most powerful tools to sensitize issues and  to give pressure to the concerned stakeholders.

Rampur Campus

Technical Knowledge Sharing for Undergraduates in Rampur Campus, Nepal ©2011

Short video documentaries, photos and stories produced by the youth are an excellent way to create a positive social change in their communities. Youth can thus tell about matters close to them and try to create sustainable changes in the society as well as create awareness e.g. on gender inequality. So there is growing momentum on youth participation in social media within the development community.  Governments around the world are increasingly supporting youth ministries, youth policies and youth programmes, and there is now greater recognition that young people are the future of their countries’ development.