We at Arizona State University are thrilled to be collaborating with GYIN, IFAD, the Government of Senegal, and the other partners in order to support YALESI 2016. ASU, as a New American University, is following a new model for universities, one that simultaneously supports the pursuit of excellence, broad access to quality education, and meaningful societal impact. Programs such as the Food Systems Transformation Initiative (FSTI) help us achieve these aims. FSTI works to ensure food security by enhancing equity, efficiency and resilience of food systems, both locally and globally. By engaging in partnerships we simultaneously create community-based social embeddedness and global transformational impact, allowing us to deliver innovative, real-world solutions in public health, governance, technology, and policy. YALESI is exactly the sort of event that allows us to build such partnerships and share the knowledge we’re creating, in order to support innovation and create change.

A diverse group of 12 ASU staff and faculty will be attending, representing both FSTI and the Empowerment for Peace through Leadership in Agribusiness and Sustainability (EmPeace LABS) program as well as their six home units on campus: the Global Institute of Sustainability; W.P. Carey School of Business; the School of Philosophical, Historical, and Religious Studies; Thunderbird School of Global Management; the School for the Future of Innovation in Society; and the School of Social Work. EmPeace LABS exemplifies the strategies ASU is practicing to create impact, by creating collaboration between ASU and Jain Irrigation Systems, Ltd. (a multinational company headquartered in India). EmPeace LABS is a training and leadership program committed to building a strong foundation for global peace by preparing young professionals for leadership in agri-business and sustainability. This unique project has created a global network that connects youth community leaders from participating countries with agricultural and capacity-building organizations.

In collaboration with our partners and other international universities we will be running a series of highly interactive sessions where youth can receive training from experts while also exchanging ideas and best practices with their peers, in order to support you and your entrepreneurial ventures reaching their full potential. Topics will include design thinking, social entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation and overcoming barriers to innovation, agribusiness skills, new technologies in agriculture, and human flourishing. Additionally, we also look forward to convening a Research Partnership Workshop on Day 4 where we will explore potential shared research and educational opportunities with other entities in attendance.

We’re looking forward to collaborating with such an exciting group of youth!

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  • Natalia Lombana January 28, 2016 @ 12:44 pm Reply

    I was inspired by this article on what your university is intending to do regarding youth development. what attracted me is because I do lifeskills with young people and this year have plans to introduce entrepreneurship skills in our curriculum. I am interested in following what you do. unfortunately am unable to attend the Conference. what you will be doing in the 4th day of the conference you is appealing to me. I don’t know whether you can keep me on the loop on the developments after your session of the 4th day. our website is currently down and will be working on it.

    • Natalia Lombana February 5, 2016 @ 5:24 pm Reply

      Thanks for your response! If you can send me your contact details via email to jennifer.hodbod@asu.edu I’ll make sure to send you the summary of Day 4.

      Best wishes,


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