Flash: Announcing the “YAP” finalists


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What was the “YAP” project all about, again?

In the run-up to the upcoming #GCARD3 global event, we announced “YAP”, the Youth Agripreneurs Project. “YAP” is a pilot project targeting young agricultural entrepreneurs or “agripreneurs” by GFAR (the Global Forum on Agricultural Research), CGIAR (the Global Agricultural Research Partnership) and YPARD (the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development).

Within “YAP” we want to encourage young agripreneurs from all over the world, to think about their projects and formulate their ideas in a concrete proposal. We also wanted to use our blog, as a platform where these entrepreneurs could showcase their projects, while encouraging feedback on their proposals through the comments on each proposal’s blogpost.

In addition, we wanted to show, to a wider audience, how many creative, inspiring and concrete ideas these young people had. Through the online voting process – determining the first selection -, we wanted…

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Crowdsource project on Building Indian Journals Database of Access Policies

Crowdsource project on Building Indian Journals Database of  Access Policies   The aim of this project is to develop a database having all the ISSN Journals from India. The NISCAIR assigns ISSN number to all the journals in India and the list that is uploaded on their site at http://nsl.niscair.res.in/issn.jsp would be used for the database development. All the information related to the journals viz., year of start, language, place (city), publishers, print only, closed access, open access, license, urls, etc which are required to make it a robust database would be collected and collated and made available. It is also planned  to integrate the database with Sherpa/RoMEO which keeps the record of publishers copyright policies. The list of ISSN Journals can be accessed at the link https://goo.gl/CGck6B

Source: Crowdsource project on Building Indian Journals Database of Access Policies

YAP Proposal #197: EduMala Mentoring Program (Dinesh Panday, Nepal)


EduMala Mentoring Program

I am Dinesh Panday, a YPARD member as Nepal representative and Communication officer at YPARD Asia and Pacific Coordination Unit. I am 28 years old and currently pursuing PhD degree in Soil Science at University of Missouri- Columbia, United States.

The YPARD, where I am working, emphasizes the importance of youth to youth empowerment by networking and provides platform for information sharing and dissemination, as well as online and offline meetings and events. YPARD Nepal is a national chapter of YPARD, established in 2012 and currently 45 members are working as a national team including different agricultural development sectors.

We know that education is important, however, there are lots of things missing in education in terms of soft skills (like, interpersonal skills). If a young professional has lack of competency, we cannot think that s/he will be able to deliver right message to targeted audience or how others can be…

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YAP Proposal #84 “Rejuvenating Declining Citrus Orchard” (Madan Poudel, Nepal)


Dark days for Citrus Growers

As a boy, I used to run up and down the hill, through terraces of sun-kissed citrus trees. Ever since I remember, I worked in the orchard with my parents planting mandarins in summer, picking up the fruits and carrying it for market in homemade bamboo basket. As I joined my Bachelors in agriculture, I realized that the most part of the farm in which I lived was disappearing, production was declining. Not only my farm, now whole Nepal’s citrus farm lies in peril and citrus grower’s livelihood is in jeopardy. Some of the reason behind the decline are Phypthopthora disease, citrus greening disease, citrus Tristiza disease, poor orchard management and low quality planting materials. These reasons of decline are bringing dark days among citrus growers in Nepal.

Farm, My Love

I am Madan Poudel, 23 years old citriculture entrepreneur. My farm lies in…

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YAP Proposal #7: “Climate Resilient Indian Cattle” (Nikki Pilania Chaudhary, India)


Development of climate resilient Indian cattle: the future of Indian dairy

What stops me from advising a small farmer to buy country’s highest milk yielding cow and widely perceived to be essential for success in dairy- the exotic cows such as Holstein Friesian?

While these exotic cows can give milk yield of 30 to 35 litres per day and thought to be very suitable and profitable breed for commercial dairying then what makes farmers talking among themselves that dairy is not profitable? Why the newcomers are often told that dairy is a very risky business or why profits are always looked for in higher milk prices and not in reduced per litre cost of production and why despite spending so heavily on dairy infrastructure, feed, fodder and breeding the so admired highest milk yielder “exotic cows”, we see most of the commercial dairy farms in India are not doing well…

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Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra appointed as Secretary DARE

t-mohapatraA renowned molecular biologist and alumni of OUAT and IARI is appointed as the Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) on 19th Feb. 2016. He is currently heading the IARI, a premier agricultural research institute of the country as its Director. Prior to joining as Director, IARI, he was the Director, CRRI. To his credit there are several research papers related to the area of molecular breeding, markers and genomics. After his bachelors degree in agriculture from OUAT, he joined IARI as masters student in the department of genetics which is the seat of green revolution in the country and passed out with PhD in Genetics. He joined Agricultural Research Service in 1991 and after a short probation period at NAARM, he joined as scientist in the NRC on Plant Biotechnology where he continued till he became the Director of the CRRI in Cuttack of which he is native; born in the village Kharibil of Cuttack, Odisa. He was involved in the prestigious Rice Genome project in India and contributed to the physical mapping and sequencing of rice chromosome 11. He also involved in mapping of tomato chromosome 5 and constructed the first genome map of Indian mustard. For his contributions to the agricultural science and knowledge, he was awarded with various fellowships and awards.

More about him can be found here and also here.

YAP Proposal #1: Mobile app for farmers (Abhijit Rai, India)



I am Abhijit Rai and my age is 22. Iam currently in the final year of my undergraduate degree programme from Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University(BHU), Varanasi, U.P, India.

Now , to the question What is the project that i want to do? My project is very simple, this the age of technology and modernisation but the Indian farmer is still untouched by it. The extension method applied and practised today in India are not practical and old that have still not moved beyond self help group and cooperatives.

What today’s farmers need is all the information there is to be offered on their palm, by palm I mean on their smart phones and computer screens. Farmers need personalised and specific information which is not limited as cognizance of a individual extension worker who imparts the research information to Indian farmers as is the trend has his limits…

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Shaping GCARD3 Global Event’s Youth Delegation



GCARD3 Global event – the third global conference for agricultural development, is going to give a central place to young people. More than 35 YPARD members are expected to take part in the discussions onsite, as speakers, social reporters, facilitators, technical reporters, mentees and agripreneur champions. Make sure you read more about the GCARD3 Global Event to make sure you understand what it is all about.

We are calling for YPARD members to express their interest in getting involved.

The selected members will be fully sponsored to attend the event in South Africa.
1/ They will benefit from a 3day social reporting training prior to the global event and they will use those skills to report from the global event with intensive mentoring from the trainer.
2/ They will be given additional opportunities and missions to actively contribute the discussions at the GCARD3 as a core.
(Please note that this…

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A social networking site is not an open access repository

“What’s the difference between ResearchGate, Academia.edu, and the institutional repository?” “I put my papers in ResearchGate, is that enough for the open access policy? These and similar questions have been been common at open access events over the past couple of years. Authors want to bett

Source: A social networking site is not an open access repository