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2016 Youth Agribusiness, Leadership and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation (YALESI, 2016) Dakar, Senegal

Empowerment for Peace through Leadership in Agribusiness and Sustainability (EmPeace LABS), successfully coordinated with collaborative partner, the Global Youth Initiative Network (GYIN) in organizing the Global Youth Summit, titled the 2016 Youth Agribusiness, Leadership and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation (YALESI, 2016) in Dakar, Senegal. 

Participants from over 100 countries exchanged best practices and shared ways to identify development challenges and issues facing youth today in Post-2015 Development Agenda. Through this construct, youth and other community leaders offered strategies and recommendations for the way forward, and discussed the cultivation of partnerships and future engagements with broad range of actors.

Workshop: Innovations in Sustainable Food Systems

The emerging need to address sustainable food production, distribution, access, and consumption has captured the attention and concerns of researchers, advocates, and decision makers both locally and internationally. Arizona State University (ASU), by virtue of its collective expertise and deliberate solutions-oriented design, is uniquely positioned to convene interested parties and launch relevant research addressing the problems and potential solutions to the myriad food system issues in these realms. The Food Systems Transformation Initiative (FSTI) comprises a variety of programs and projects aligned towards strategic engagement within the food system.

In partnership with UCP SARnet, FSTI held a highly interactive 2.5 day workshop to facilitate discussions centering on two broad themes of food system sustainability: youth engagement and entrepreneurship/innovation. The workshop, considered a major success by planners and the 67 participants alike, highlighted a number of subthemes, including: youth engagement best practices (farmers of the future), capacity building and partnerships (sustainability is not achieved in isolation), institutions and value chains (support systems and ethics for FS sustainability), tools and innovations (the delivery of efficiencies and other benefits for resilience), and entrepreneurship (new models of production, distribution, and healthy food access). The workshop sessions as well as field trips resulted in the engagement of members of FSTI and UCP SARnet in conversations beyond their respective spheres of action, and exchange of ideas about best practices from local to global scales. Outcomes included the development of ideas for joint proposals, curriculum development for youth training in food systems, new strategic partnerships and engagement between FSTI, UCP SARnet, our students and the community.

Most relevantly for UCP SARnet members, there was considerable excitement among participants to use the EmPeace LABS format for a follow‐up workshop on youth leadership and entrepreneurship training in partnership with Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) and Jain Irrigation Systems Limited. Planning is now underway to conduct an EmPeace LABS workshop in Dakar, Senegal, October 28-30, 2015 (in conjunction with the GYIN biannual summit). A long-term vision of establishing an international center for next generation youth training in sustainable agriculture was also discussed.


 Sustainable Urban Agriculture at Arizona State University Research Park.


UCP-SARnet Board Meeting

UCP-SARnet Board meeting will take place on Thursday from 3-5:00 on Sept.24th at GIOS room 401.

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UCP-Sarnet will be speaking at this conference.

Balance-Unbalance 2015: Water, Climate, Place – Reimagining Environments" conference to be held at ASU from March 25-29, 2015.  Our topic is  Cross-cultural exchanges towards global change: Engaging youth with food and water challenges. Our entire mangement team is proud to be a part of this great event.  For more information go to http://www.balance-unbalance2015.org.

Special Meeting with Representatives from World Bank funded African Center of Excellence(ACE)

Your management team had an opportunity to meet  Dr. Jibrin.   Dr. Jibrin heads the World Bank funded African Center of Excellence(ACE)  focused on Dryland agriculture at Bayero University in Nigeria. Here we discussed future collaborative efforts.

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"The World Bank has designated ten Nigerian Public and Private Universities as Centres of Excellence for outstanding research programmes in key areas of societal development."


Thoughts and prayers to all in Nepal



Youth Agribusiness, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation (YALESI ) in partnership with UCP-Sarnet, ASU
March 29-April 2, 2016

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Youth and Leadership

Check a great opportunity for youth around the globe. What are your thoughts and or expected outcomes of this event? http://yalesi.org/

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