Please support my YAP Proposal

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I have submitted an application to the Youth Agripreneur Project (YAP).  For those of you not familiar with the “YAP” project it is a pilot program which targets young agricultural entrepreneurs or “agripreneurs”.

My proposal is titled ‘Ebites’: More than a blog—becoming a business aims to promote the use of ICTs in the agricultural sector and will place a specific emphasis on livestock issues, youth leadership, rural cooperation and policy development and advocacy for the inclusion of women in agriculture. Part of the dream for my business venture is to change the way people perceive agriculture by making more success stories available to readers and viewers.  Continue reading

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Celebrating Youth Diversity

This year the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) is celebrating their 10th anniversary by having their members, partners and supporters share their testimonials on being a Ypardian. Watch the video below to hear about my experience with Ypard.

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50 Passionate Youth Innovators will tackle our 5 Landscape Challenges

The Youth in Landscapes Initiative received a total of 150 applications from 60 countries, with 75 applications from women and 75 applications from men. Each young innovator applicant was asked to submit a video presentation describing their proposal on how to solve real-world land use challenges. However, in the end, the selection committee chose 29 women and 21 men from 31 countries. Join us in issuing a warm welcome to our 50 youth innovators who will tackle the 5 landscape challenges in Paris from 1-4 December http://bit.ly/1MhcUOM Continue reading

Picking up the slack: Small island agriculture vs climate change

Cattle seek refuge from the searing heat among shrubbery in Union Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Cattle seek refuge from the searing heat among shrubbery in Union Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines                  Credit: Kenton X. Chance/IPS

In the climate community we are all aware that developing countries feel the effect of climate change sometimes more heavily than developed countries. But what of Small Island developing states (SIDS)? Due to the miniscule stature of these nations we have little effect on the wider world and as a result we are forgotten. Apologies for being blunt but this is likely true. However what will the leaders of the wider world have to say in 2015 as the climate change issue is now heavily, albeit ironically affecting agriculture, our one and only food source?

A rundown of effects

“The most obvious felt consequence of climate change has been a rise in temperatures affecting poultry, dairy and pig industries and to a lesser extent on small ruminants,” explains Mr. Norman Gibson, Science Officer at the Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute (CARDI) headquartered in Trinidad and Tobago. With regards to the poultry sector, adverse effects include higher mortality and morbidity (that is reduced productivity) though that industry’s structure is based entirely on imported inputs and production processes. Therefore the privately run Caribbean Poultry Association is primed to commit the necessary resources to combat the problem. On the other hand for the dairy sector, effects include reduced feed conversion and milk production. Continue reading

We should all be feminist, even in agriculture

I am an avid TEDx Talks fan who is constantly on the lookout for new talks that will stimulate discussions among my friends and colleagues. Thus, when I saw this video from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, I knew I had to share it with you guys.  Continue reading

Young Social Reporters Wanted for Fin4Ag Conference! Deadline Soon

Social Reporter
Social Reporter

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (AFRACA), is organising its 2014 International Conference on Revolutionising finance for agri-value chains, “Fin4Ag” from 14-18 July 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The purpose of the conference is to help decision-makers to break through the walls that so often prevent innovation, in this case for smallholder-inclusive agricultural finance. The conference has an international focus. Delegates will represent different economic segments of society including the private and public sectors (including Central Banks) and civil society, resource users’ organisations, development practitioners and academics. It will include many experienced professionals from developed and developing countries, having solid experience in smallholder-inclusive value chain finance
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Agri-Youth have a say if you want to build

Money Photo by Remo, CC by-2.0
Photo by Remo, CC by-2.0

Caribbean bloggers, agriculture and rural development institutions you have a chance to win thousands of Euros. The Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) – ARDYIS Project has issued a call for the submission of blogs for the 2013/2014 Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBLoCO) but keep in mind the deadline is January 31st, 2014. Continue reading

Who I am and why I’m here

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I blog because what I have to say about agricultural development isn’t something that I should keep to myself. I believe the information I can provide should be shared with everyone. But more so it’s about accountability. Writing in a personal journal is an excellent way to express yourself but when you do that who’s going to be there to support you, who’s going to correct you or give you another viewpoint on the subject matter. The answer is no one. However, when I write here, even if no one ever comments the fact that it’s out there makes me want to learn more about the challenges small-scale farmers face and to work harder towards improving their livelihoods and food security in my country.  Continue reading

ICT4Ag Conference – My Experience

Social Reporter
Social Reporter

I remember when I received the email, notifying me that I was selected as an onsite social reporter at the ICT4Ag.  I was in the office at the time and for awhile I froze and just stared at the computer screen in shock because this was a dream come true. This training program was the opportunity that I had been praying for, a chance to enhance my skills and equip myself with the knowledge to take my career to another level. There aren’t enough words to express the euphoria I felt at that moment. Continue reading