Stories tagged: courtney paisley

Courtney Paisley: Pairing Youth with Experience for Agricultural Renewal in Kenya

In this guest blog post, Courtney Paisley, Director of Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) shares the stories of success from young Kenyan agriculture enthusiasts who have taken part in a pilot mentoring program.

Switch your eyes and ears off, for a moment, to the on-going discourse about agriculture as an “ageing sector” that doesn’t attract the youth anymore. Instead, step into YPARD: a vibrant international network of young professionals for agricultural development, which counts thousands of members all around the world,

We are living in an era in which rapid urbanization has led to a decline in rural populations, and for the first time ever the majority of the world’s population lives in a city. The UN World Health Organization predicts that “by 2030, 6 out of every 10 people will live in a city, and by 2050, this proportion will increase to 7 out of 10 people”. This means that more young people than ever before are moving to cities and towns to find work, leaving few behind to work in rural areas. Continue reading

Video: Bringing Youth into Agricultural Policy

The average age for farmers around the world is around 58. What can be done to bring more young people into policy discussions around agriculture? Farming First TV spoke to Courtney Paisley, Director of the Young People for Agricultural Development network (YPARD) about just that.

According to Ms. Paisley, young people are not being shown the opportunities that are available in agriculture, and how it could make them money. Continue reading