Within two weeks, 96 young professionals from every region of the world applied to be part of the GCARD3 Global event’s youth delegation. The team will be given the mission 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.

14 young enthusiasts were selected. In the spirit of the GCARD3 as a global and multi-stakeholder platform, the team represents several regions of the world and different domains of expertise related to agriculture: from food security and nutrition, environment and climate change, agro-ecology, youth empowerment and capacity development, communications and ICTs, anthropology to conflict resolutions and agribusiness – from research to practice. Some of them took part in the GCARD3 national and regional consultations and will contribute to bring the outcomes of the discussions into the global event. We are pleased to welcome representatives from IAASGAEAYPARDIITA youth agripreneurs, to cite a few, for GCARD3 Global Event will be a space for discussions on how youth-led initiatives and their supporters can join forces better and work collectively towards youth-in-agriculture empowerment for agricultural development.

The delegation will benefit from a 3day training on social media and will play a key role as social reporters during the GCARD3 global conference. In order to assess our candidates’ communications flair and aspirations about the GCARD3 process, we asked them to submit a blog post as a means for expression of interest. Outstanding storytellers and bloggers were unveiled. The selected people were able to show their insights about GCARD3 as a process. We warmly congratulate the 96 young professionals who shared their stories and thoughts; check our YPARD Community Blog section for all the candidates’ blog posts.

To see the profiles of YPARD’s 14 selected youth delegates, visit the full blog piece on the YPARD webiste.