John Wooden: The Difference Between Winning and Succeeding


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John Wooden was the first person to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame both as a player and coach. ESPN ranked him as the greatest coach of all time across all sports. In his 40 years at UCLA, he mentored legends such as Bill Walton and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He authored several books imparting his insight on achievement, winning and success to others.

With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefined success urging all of us to pursue the best in ourselves. Here are excerpts from his inspiring TED Talk, John Wooden: The difference between winning and succeeding. In this talk he shares the values and life lessons to us all.

I coined my own definition of success in nineteen hundred and thirty-four, when I was teaching at a high school in South Bend, Indiana.

Dad tried to teach me and my brothers that you should never try to…

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call for social media reporters for the yadi workshop

IITA Youth Agripreneurs


Call for Remote Social Media Reporters for the Youth in Agribusiness Development Initiative (YADI) Workshop 28th to 30th of May 2014

To engage on-site participants, reach out to a wider audience remotely and promote the Youth in Agribusiness Development Initiative(YADI) Project Conceptualization Workshop which comes up on the 28th to 30th of May 2014 at IITA, Ibadan,Nigeria; the Young Professional in Agricultural Development (YPARD)  Nigeria and the IITA Youth Agripreneur (IYA) is putting together a Remote Social Reporting Team. This remote social reporting team will be responsible for promoting tweets, facebook and Google+ messages on their social networks.

Remote Social reporting at the YADI Conference is a voluntary task.

 Remote social reporters

Interested social media enthusiasts will have the opportunity to be part of the larger social reporting team that will participate and contribute remotely to the outreach of the event.

There is no restriction on the age and country for remote social reporters.

Being part of…

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STAKEHOLDERS meet To advance youth employment in agriculture

IITA Youth Agripreneurs

YADI CONFERENCE1As the workshop draws near, with the major aim of fighting the issue of unemployment in Africa, AfDB, AGRA, IFAD, IITA and other CGIAR centers have identified the major objectives of the workshop; (1) Brainstorm and encourage innovative thinking on how to directly engage the youth in more diverse and productive roles in agriculture, (2) Identify strategies for the empowerment of rural youth in agriculture based on tailored pathways that offer opportunities in agribusiness, local service provision, and market-oriented agriculture, and (3) Develop the Pan-African Youth in Agribusiness program.

The participants expected to take part in the workshop include some Agricultural ministers, High-level officials of 20 African governments, representatives of region institutions such as the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and sub regional research organizations (ASARECA, CORAF, and CCARDESSA), collaborating partners from CGIAR and other international research institutions such as AfricaRice, ICARDA, IFPRI, icipe, and…

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Why Africa Can Make it Big in Agriculture-Mark Ashurst and Stephen Mbithi

Young Farmers' Clubs (Zimbabwe)

Take a look at this paper by Mark Ashurst and Stephen Mbithi

Published by Africa Research Institute

July 2010

Click on it below

Why-Africa-can-make-it-big-in-agriculture (PDF)

“A few extracts from the paper” below

“Self-sufficiency in food production is the new mantra of donors and policymakers in Africa. But farmers, large and small, can be much more ambitious. Agriculture is the continent’s most neglected- and important-potential competitive advantage. It is Africa’s best answer to globalisation. Until farming is commercially viable, there will always be hunger in Africa.”

Food is critical to Africa’s prospects and farming is the best hope for impoverished rural communities on which 70% of the country’s poor depend. With more ambition-commercial agriculture would transform Africa’s balance of trade.

Improvements in agriculture are vital to the continent and to the world. Worldwide, at least a billion people, one person in six are hungry. By 2050 the global population is forecast…

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Agribusiness for Africa

One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?

ID-10038867 The role of big business in African agriculture often divides opinion. Some seeing it as an opportunity for sustainable economic growth in the sector, some as a new form of colonialism with richer countries exploiting Africa’s food growing conditions and spare land to supply their own countries. Whether a positive development step or a risk to food security, agribusiness on the continent looks set to grow.

Agriculture, particularly the development of agribusiness and agro-industry sectors, has been the driver of economic growth in countries across the globe. In Africa, agribusiness and agro-industries account for more than 30% of national incomes as well as the bulk of export revenues and employment. Given its links to smallholder farming, development of agribusiness could be used to help tackle poverty and hunger in rural communities.

Colonial systems of governance were designed to extract resources from Africa for use elsewhere rather than processing and adding…

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