Category: Announcements
Sustainable and Ethical Waste Management Project in AFU, Rampur

On date November 8, 2014 SEW: sustainable and ethical waste management project team along with 25 SEW volunteers organized Mass Awareness Campaign in Agriculture and forestry University, Rampur, Chitwan under the chairmanship of SEW team leader Rahul Acharya, Chief guest Prof. Dr. Mohan Prasad Sharma and motivational speaker and our special guest Dr. Hom Bahadur Basnet inaugurated our campaign by keeping the wrapper of chocolate bar in the dustbin.

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SEW: sustainable and ethical waste management project is purposed of ten Afu student team for SAYEN Handprint challenge and it has been selected as Top 20 finalists. This project mainly focuses on promoting healthy habit of managing waste with installation of separate dustbins, degradable and non-degradable bins by awaring them about its importance. Mass awareness campaign was done to aware the university proffessors, students, all stakeholder and non-teaching staffs. Our chief guest Prof. Dr Mohan Sharma described the present scenario of our university regarding waste management and discussed some sustainable agendas. Then the Micheal Canteen owner our respective guest gave a inspiring speech on waste management. Swikriti Pandey as the representative of YPARD Nepal gave a speech about YPARD Nepal and told how SEW can proceed further. Sachida Sharma as representative from Yputh Eco Network (YEN) shared her views about waste management. Madan poudel, President of Agri Youth Nepal highlighted the importance of waste management on our university and gave a positive response on further collaboration on such projects. Rahul Acharya as Team leader and me as Project co-ordinator presented an introductory video and presentation about SEW. Our organizer TEM also presented the presentation under leadership of SEW volunteer leader Shilu Dahal and Vice- president of TEM Upakar Bhandari. To add more aroma in Mass awareness campaign our motivational speaker Dr. Hom Bahadur Basnet Sir gave a very motivational and inspiring speech by motivating us to start change from every individual for sustainability of waste management.
AFU and TEM were our organizer whereas our collaborative partners were YPARD Nepal, Agri Youth Nepal (AYN), Youth Eco Network (YEN) and Union of Agriculture and Veterinary Student (UVAS). Mass Awareness Campaign was witnessed by 95 participants and participants gave positive response to this campaign. Indeed, we are very encouraged by the success of this campaign.

#ICT4AG Handprint Challenge

ict4ag handprint challengeInformation Communication and Technology has been a crucial need for students to enhance their skills in wide arena. ICTs has been regarded as one of the innovative and promising approach for developing agriculture sector through easy access of information.

The use of ICTs changes conventional ways of learning and enabling rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures, and allows collaborating and exchanging information on a wide scale. That’s why it enables active learning through all senses.

Despite of its need due to large digital divide in developing countries like Nepal, effective implementation of ICT has become a challenging thing. The situation at agricultural university level students in Nepal reveals that the majority of the students are unaware about the use of online ecosystem for enhancing their knowledge.

To overcome the challenge and to enhance the technical know how of web 2.0 to agriculture student, with  the funding support from the South Asia Youth Environment Network (SAYEN), technical support from AgriYouthNepal, YPARD Nepal , Sustainable Nepal, and the Nepal Tunza Youth Environment Network (NTYEN)  three days training on Web 2.0 and Social media “ICT for Agriculture Handprint Challenge” is announced. 

Date:  5-7 November 2014

Time: 8 am to 5 pm

Venue: Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Paklihawa Campus, Nepal

Beside the training there will be blogging competition each week and best five bloggers will be awarded with their blog being featured through  different online channels.

Intended topics to be covered

  • Introduction to the participatory World Wide Web (Web 2.0) and to social media;
  • Search Magic: How to conduct advanced multilingual online searches.
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Remote collaboration: How to develop content remotely using wikis and Google Docs.
  • Online mapping: How to locate your organization and your projects on an online map
  • Online publishing (micro-blogging and blogging).
  • Professional / corporate social networking (LinkedIn and Facebook)
  • Bookmarking
  • RSS feeds
  • Email Management

Eligibility

  • Participant should bring WiFi enabled laptop
  • Participant should have active social media accounts
  • Involved in Agriculture, Veterinary, Forestry and Rural development

Note: Participant should cover all the expenses for travel and accommodation.

To apply for the training please go through this registration form/survey and confirm your participation before  2 November 2014

Call +977-9849129261, +977-9846222326 for details.

YPARD Nepal announces Family Farming Photo Contest

IYFF14 photo contest

The United Nations declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) with the slogan “Feeding the World, Caring the Earth.”

To mark the IYFF and on occasion of the World International Youth Day, YPARD Nepal, in collaboration with AgriYouthNepal (AYN) and Nepal Agricultural Cooperative Central Federation Ltd. (NACCFL), announces “YPARD Nepal Family Farming Photo Contest.” A competition from all Nepalese citizens with the goal of giving a stronger voice to family farmers as well as the recognition they deserve for their key role in the construction of a food secured future.

In line with the IYFF objectives, photo entries from smallholders on agriculture, livestock production, food security, landscape management, youth and gender equality in family farming are highly encouraged. Pictures must transmit the strength, potential, contribution and challenges that family farmers meet in their daily lives. Each individual can submit up to 3 pictures to the contest. The photo contest begins on the 12th of August 2014 and ends on the 11th of November 2014. To participate in the photo contest, simply fill this registration form.

All the photo entries will undergo a panel judgement first and then the public will vote among the best 20 photos (25 November to 15 December). From top public choices, the first (NRs. 20,000), second (NRs. 10,000) and third places (NRS. 5,000) will be selected on the 20th of December 2014.

The winners will be awarded on the National Youth Forum on Agro-based Entrepreneurship Development (#NYFAED15) in January 2015, and will be published on NYFAED15 proceeding, YPARD, AYN, NACCFL and 2014 International Year of Family Farming websites.

For any inquiries, email us at [email protected].

E-Discussion on “Forward Thinking for ICT use in Asian Agri-Food Chains”

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13th August – 5th September 2014

E-Discussion on “Forward Thinking for ICT use in Asian Agri-Food Chains”

Asian agriculture and food chains (agri-food chains) are rapidly evolving to meet local, national, regional and international markets’ needs. These needs include providing easily accessible, affordable, safe, nutritious, healthy, quality food and economically viable industrial feedstock, both produced ethically in globally competitive markets within their own countries and for export.

Emerging needs from Asian agri-food chains also include agricultural commodities to be produced through sustainable means. Agri-food chains are also increasingly being expected to contribute to the conservation and spread of socio-cultural heritage and improving the quality of life in rapidly urbanizing societies.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are rapidly transforming agri-food chains locally and globally. They have the potential to make agri-food chains more productive, sustainable and resilient. They can be used to improve the quality and safety of products and to lower costs in complex food value chains.

This facilitated e-discussion will consider how agri-food chains in Asia may develop in the future (by 2030) and what roles will ICTs may play in their development. The future development of agri-food chains in Asia may also give direction to innovation in ICTs applied in these chains. This e-discussion will focus on what futures may happen for Asian agri-food systems and ICTs through research, innovation, changes in institutions, regulatory frameworks and organizations at international, regional and national levels.

The outputs from these e-discussions will feed into the one day forum on “Forward Thinking for ICT use in Asian Agri-food Chains” at 9th Conference of the Asian Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture – 2014.

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