The Prime Minister, Shri. Narendra Modi while addressing the agricultural scientific community on the occasion of the 86th Foundation Day of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) had called for a digitized database of all agricultural research in the country. He is of the opinion that the young, educated and progressive farmers and agricultural research scholars could together form a talent pool in all districts in the country and can help the farming community who are feeding the people of India and the world in earning good income as well. (Source: BusinessLine).
This post is about the YPARD and the AgriVIVO which are the two global databases (networks) formed for the Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) in the world. These two databases can be more populated and can be formed as talent pool which the Prime Minister is talking about the young farmers and research scholars.
The YPARD (Young Professionals Agricultural Development) which is an international movement of Young Professionals in for Agricultural Development and It operates as a network and is not a formalized institution. This YPARD has enabled global on-line and off-line communication and discussion platform by which means the Young Professionals in Agriculture all over the world would realize their full potential and contribute towards innovative agricultural development. Incidentally, the YPARD has the highest membership of about 734 registered members from India contributing to a very good talent pool of all the agriculture professionals. Anyone can be part of it with a simple registration at http://www.ypard.net/. It has online social groups on Facebook for Global and India. You may read more about YPARD India here and here. (Source: YPARD).
Another database is AgriVIVO which is a search portal built to facilitate connections between all actors in the agricultural field, bridging across separately hosted directories and online communities. AgriVIVO was initiated and is led by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research, in collaboration with Cornell University and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. To become part of this directory, one has to be part of online communities that provide data. Please see here for further information. (Source: AgriVIVO).
To read more about AgriVIVO and YPARD please read blog post by Marina here.