The Young African Researchers in Agriculture (YARA) network brings together young and early career African researchers in agriculture from all over the Continent in a new peer network. The Initiative was launched in 2014 at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa and was inspired by the need to support and promote young scholars on the continent in order to secure the future of research, policy and practice in Africa’s rural transformation.
The aim of the Young African Researchers in Agriculture (YARA) network is to support young professionals in sharing information, concerns and working on the challenges they face in their career development. In doing this, the network helps address the critical shortage of rural development research capacity on African continent.
The Young African Researchers in Agriculture (YARA) network endeavours to enhance their research skills and knowledge base through networking, information sharing and collaboration. It promotes the evidence-base on context-specific rural development research, policy and practice in Africa in order to inform future programming in the area of economic inclusion on the African continent.