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Did you know that the International Year of Youth is underway?

The United Nations International Year of Youth runs from August 2010 until August 2011, and it celebrates and advocates Dialogue and Mutual Understanding.


Young people between the ages of 18 and 25 are invited to apply to become National Focal Points for the Rural Voices of Youth (RVOY) initiative. NFPs work with the Rural Voices of Youth Coordinator to foster meaningful participation of marginalized children and adolescents in rural communities in providing solutions to issues that affect them.

RVOY’s vision is to raise awareness on issues affecting marginalized children and adolescents in rural communities. Since 2005 when it first started in Nigeria, RVOY now runs in 35 namely countries Liberia, Gambia, Peru, Pakistan, Bulgaria, Singapore, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Ghana, Oman, Kenya, Argentina, Togo, Bangladesh, Rwanda, Nepal, Uganda, Haiti, Swaziland, Madagascar, Scotland, Botswana, Indonesia, Cameroon, Tuvalu, Canada, Ethiopia, Philippines, Malawi, Egypt, Malaysia, Namibia, Rwanda, Mexico, Nigeria, Morocco and Sweden

As part of the International Year of Youth, the General Assembly will hold a high-level meeting on youth on 25 and 26 July 2011. The high-level meeting will have as its overarching theme “Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding”.

In this context, the UN Programme on Youth invites all Youth-led organisations to provide ideas in the context of the theme of the year as well as the youth and their well-being, youth and the global economy including social development, and youth participation.
The ideas and views will be presented to Member States as they produce a draft of the outcome document in the coming weeks.  

Please send your written inputs via e‐mail with the subject line “High-level Meeting- inputs” to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it no later than May 15, 2011.

More information in the attachement.

YPARD takes the opportunity of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) 2011: Better life in rural communities with ICTs, 17 May, to sollicit any ICT4Agriculture enthusiast to join and launch discussion on the Website. www.ypard.net

For YPARD, Young Professionals'Platform on Agricultural Research for Development, ICTs are obviously one the key factors for YPs to get more into Agriculture and to be successful at it!

Take the opportunity to share your views and sensitize YPARD members on this fundamental factor! We are eager hearing from you!

Blog! http://ypard.net/young-professionals/blogs/
Discuss on our Forum: http://ypard.net/interact/forum/
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Tuesday, 19 April 2011 10:30

United Nations World Youth Report 2010

The World Youth Report focus on youth and climate change, and is intended to highlight the important role young people play in addressing climate change, and to offer suggestions on how young people might be more effectively integrated as individuals and collective agents of change within the realm of climate change adaptation and mitigation.The Report is designated to assist youth and youth organizations in educating themselves and to become more actively involved in combating the threat of climate change. It is also meant to affirm the status of young people as key stakeholders in the fight against climate change. The publication comes at a time when efforts to address climate change are receiving unparalleled attention on the international arena, offering youth a unique opportunity for their voice to be heard in the debate.

More information and to read the report

Report By Zvavanyange Raymond Erick1

Last month during March 7-11, 2011, I participated in a youth training and exchange workshop in Ghana on Web 2.0 and social media for Development in Agriculture and Rural Development. The training was sponsored by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Development (CTA) (www.cta.int)  based in the Netherlands and facilitated by Institute for Scientific and Technological Information (CSIR-INSTI) of Ghana. Through its Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in Information Society (ARDYIS) project, CTA brought together more than 18 youths from English and French speaking countries in Africa, all united by the same passion of improving agriculture through the use of  information communication technologies (ICTs). Additional resources on Web 2.0 and social media for development such as  the Information Management Kit (IMARK)(http://www.imarkgroup.org) from the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) were used for e-learning practice.

By Mamata Pokharel on April 5, 2011 0

As part of the upcoming World Bank Open Forum on the food crisis, we have been asking everyone for ideas on how to put food first for the almost 1 billion people who go to bed hungry today.

A lot of the solutions offered center around increasing agriculture productivity, improving distribution networks, and making sure we don’t waste food. But one of the ideas on the World Bank facebook page made me pause. Julius Ayi wrote: “I believe governments must also encourage youth to work in agriculture.”


CTA participated recently in FANRPAN’s node common visioning workshop held in Mbabane, Swaziland on 22 and 23 February 2011. The purpose of the workshop was to monitor the implementation of FANRPAN policy research projects, discuss network governance and management issues and plan for the forthcoming annual Regional Policy Dialogue in Swaziland on the theme of agricultural policies for the youth.

Wednesday, 09 March 2011 15:11

The impact of ICTs on a Kenyan youth

In societies where people have to travel several miles to get access to bank services and information, relatively inexpensive Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) are being increasingly exploited by rural youths in Kenya to fill these gaps and support their economic and social life. Using these ICTs, the youths are able to access real time price information, find help from farm professionals and connect to other young farmers in the region.

Wednesday, 09 March 2011 09:07

Agripreneurs - Getting down to business

Entrepreneurship in agriculture is becoming increasingly important at a time when many traditional avenues for ACP farmers are closing. It offers opportunities for becoming independent, generating revenue and creating a future that straightforward subsistence farming often struggles to provide.

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ICT and Youth in Agriculture in Africa (Report)