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"Fishing Technology and Industry Development", 27 November- 03 December 2016, Republic of China (Taiwan)

The fisheries sector in many of AARDO member countries is assuming an important role in food security as well as in employment generation. It is estimated that 17 percent of all protein consumed comes from fish products. Global fishery resources have been under various challenges due to overexploitation and destructive fishing practices and there is a dire need to establish appropriate, sustainable and well-managed development of the sector. The production of high seas fisheries in Taiwan occupies third position in the world. More than half of Taiwanese fish products were produced by capture fisheries in 2013, which included 43.64 percent from high seas and 16.51 percent from offshore and coastal fisheries. The Republic of China has devised several sustainable management measures and industry development policies to achieve responsible marine capture fisheries. Considering the importance of the subject, AARDO, in collaboration with the esteemed Council of Agriculture, R O China, organized an international Workshop on “Fishing Technology and Industry Development” at Taiwan Fisheries Research Institute (TFRI), Taiwan Republic of China during 27 November- 03 December 2016. The main objectives of the workshop were to :

  • recognize the new era of fishing technology and industry development and its contribution to agricultural and rural development, especially in African-Asian countries;
  • observe, understand and learn various fishing technologies for agricultural and rural development; and
  • realize the appropriate policies and practices to develop marine capture fisheries.
The workshop was attended by sixteen (16) AARDO-sponsored participants from nine (9) member countries. In addition, seven (7) participants from R O China equally attended the workshop. On behalf of AARDO, Dr. Manoj Nardeosingh, Assistant Secretary General (ASG) graced the event with his presence, shared experiences with the participants and had fruitful dialogues with concerned authorities of the esteemed Government of R O China. The ASG had a courtesy call on H E Dr. Ching Cheng Huang, Hon'ble Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Executive Yuan. He also had a discussion with Mr. Chun Yen Chen, Director General at the Department of International Affairs of the Council of Agriculture on enhancing collaboration between AARDO and R O China.

During the plenary meetings, various lectures were delivered by experts from TFRI, Fisheries Agency and university lecturers who provided an overview on the fishing technology and industry development in Taiwan including fisheries policy, marine fisheries management, seafood supply chain, high seas fishing industry, offshore and coastal fishing industry, fishing community development, and fishing technology development. Following the interactive business sessions and fruitful deliberations, the participants were exposed to fisheries sector of Taiwan through various useful field visits to several fish markets, fishing communities, fishing harbours and related organizations with successful experiences of fishery industry development, etc.

The workshop successfully concluded with a set of recommendations, which included, among others, transfer and exchange of experiences among researchers in the fields of fishing techniques; transfer of modern technology in fishing operations such as lighting systems for ships at night to attract certain types of fish; sharing of modern and diversified fishermen technology in all types of fishing and transportation equipment (nets, boats, traps); encouraging agroindustrial investment in the ornamental fish; and work on framing cooperatives of fresh fish breeders and marine fishermen based on Taiwan's experiences and practices for raising the level of services.

"Irrigation System and Water Management", 06-15 December 2016, Islamic Republic of Pakistan

African-Asian Rural Development Organization, in collaboration with Akhtar Hameed Khan National Centre for Rural Development (AHK-NCRD), Establishment Division, Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, organised the 5th International Workshop-cum-Training Programme on "Irrigation System and Water Management" at Islamabad during 06- 15 December 2016. The main objectives of the programme were to:
  • discuss government policies and strategies with regard to water resource management in Pakistan;
  • familiarize the participants with the present situation and major issues of water management in AARDO member countries;
  • discuss use of different methods/technologies for judicious use of water; and
  • enable the participants coming from AARDO member countries to share their country experiences and suggest measures for rectification of the shortcomings in water management.
The programme was inaugurated by H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO at AHK-NCRD on 7th December 2016. During the opening session, Mr. Syed Iftikhar Hussain Babar, Director General and Mr. Israr Mohammad Khan, Director, AHK-NCRD delivered addresses. The inaugural session was graced by the benign presence of Dr. Masood Akhtar Chaudhry, Joint Secretary, Establishment Division, Government of Pakistan and Their Excellencies, the Ambassadors / High Commissioners of five (05) participating AARDO member countries located in Islamabad which included Sudan, Sultanate of Oman, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nigeria. Besides, a number of senior officers from various departments of the Government of Pakistan made their presence in the Opening Ceremony.

The workshop-cum-training programme was attended by twenty four (24) participants, of which ten (10) participants were from seven (7) member countries and fourteen (14) participants from Pakistan representing various irrigation and agriculture departments/institutions located in the four provinces.

The programme consisted of plenary meetings and field visits. In the plenary meetings, eleven eminent resource persons of Pakistan delivered their presentations on various facets of irrigation system and water management. They shared their varied and rich experiences with the participants and deliberated on the issues. Besides, the participants gave their presentations on irrigation practices being followed in their respective countries. The participants were divided into three groups and assigned specific topics on which each group gave its presentation. Following due deliberations, the programme culminated with a set of recommendations.

As part of field study, on 9th December 2016 the participants paid a visit to the Bio-remediation Project to witness the natural process of treating contaminated waste water. The project is being implemented by the National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), Pakistan. It was followed by another visit on 11th December 2016 to Model Farms at Rawat, District Rawalpindi where the participants observed the activities of management of Land and Water Resources on the ground. The project is being implemented under the auspices of Punjab Water Management Department.

The programme concluded on 14th December 2016. In the Valedictory Session of the Workshop, concluding remarks were made by the participants, Director General, AHKNCRD and the Deputy Director (Research) and Course Director. The session concluded with award of certificates to the participants.

"Achieving Sustainable Development Goals: Financial, Inclusion and Rural Transformation", 27 February - 10 March 2017, People's Republic of Bangladesh

The post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, has set the agenda 2030 for development. The global community will now be streamlining 'sustainability' in all the development programmes. One of the core issues that has been underlined in both MDGs & SDGs is “poverty” – a characteristic of underdevelopment and inequitable distribution of resources spent in developing countries. Poverty alleviation has been accorded the highest priority in both MDGs and SDGs. In spite of massive amount of resources in its alleviation, poverty still persists (one billion subsists on less than US $1.25 a day) and continues to pose gigantic challenge before mankind in the 21st Century.

According to the Global Monitoring Report 2015/2016: Development Goals in an Era of Demographic Change, the world is undergoing a major population shift that will reshape economic development for decades and, while posing challenges, offer a path to ending extreme poverty and shared prosperity if the right evidence-based policies -nationally and internationally- are put in place. The context, in fact, has now changed for poverty alleviation and rural development. In this changing scenario, it is important to revisit the changing requirement of the member countries.

Keeping in view, AARDO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, organized an International Training Workshop on “Achieving Sustainable Development Goals: Financial Inclusion and Rural Transformation” at Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD), Comilla, Bangladesh during 27 February – 10 March, 2017. The specific objectives of the programme were to:
  • discuss the concept and relationship between sustainable development goals, financial inclusion and rural transformation;
  • identify suitable methods and develop mechanism for financial inclusion of rural poor;
  • describe importance and process of the financial inclusion system; and
  • share experiences of financial inclusion and development efforts in different AARDO member countries for attaining SDGs.
The programme was inaugurated by the Chief Guest H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO on 27 February 2017. Besides the inaugural address of the Chief Guest, the function was addressed by the Special Guests, Mr. Ashraful Musadaq, Joint Secretary, Rural Development and Cooperative Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh and Mr Tivita G. Boseiwaqa Tanginavulau, Director General of the Center for Integrated Rural Development in Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP); the Chairperson Mr. Muhammad Maududur Rashid Safdar, Director General, Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD), the Workshop Coordinator Dr. Swapan Kumar Dasgupta, Director (Training), BARD, and the Workshop Director Dr. Kamrul Ahsan, Director (Research), BARD. The programme was attended by twenty seven (27) participants from nineteen (19) AARDO members. Besides, one AARDO official also attended the programme.

The main objective of the training workshop was to enhance knowledge of the participants on the concepts and cross cutting issues of inclusion, poverty reduction, rural transformation and delivery mechanism in light of SDGs through presentations, discussion and exposure visits. During the various technical sessions, expert papers and country reports were presented by the resource persons and participants. The themes of expert papers, among others, included, Achieving SDGs for Rural Transformation through Financial Inclusion; Challenges of Rural Transformation and the IFAD Strategic Framework for Rural Transformation; Paradigm Shift in the Concept of Financial Inclusion for Economic Growth; Measuring Financial Inclusion; Financial Inclusion and Rural Women: The Future Challenges; BARD Experience on Rural Transformation through Financial Inclusion; Financial Inclusion through Cooperative Movement: Public Sector Initiatives; Financial Inclusion through Commercial Bank: Lessons from Bangladesh; Shariah Based Banking System for Reducing Cultural Barriers of Financial Inclusion; E-Inclusion: A Case of Ekti Bari Ekti Khamar (One House One Farm Project); Financial Inclusion through Specialized Banking: Experience of Grameen Bank; Financing through Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF): An Innovative Model for Meeting Additional Fund for Financial Inclusion; Financial Services through Postal Department: A Case of Bangladesh; Mobile Banking: An Innovative System for Financial Inclusion; Stakeholder Analysis for Need-based Financial Inclusion of Rural Poor; Role of Central Bank and Microcredit Regulatory Authority for Financial Service especially for Rural Sectors; Innovative Financial Products for Inclusion of Poor and Low-income People; etc.

For field visits, the participants were taken to Baleshwar Womens's Cooperative Society, BRAC Learning Centre and Jagannathpur Village Development Organization (One House One Farm Project). Where the participants interacted with the beneficiaries and got first hand information about the functioning of these projects.

The Valedictory Session of the programme was held on 10th March 2017 under the Chairmanship of Dr. A.K. Shareefulla, Diretor (Project), BARD. Mr. Mohd. Naimuddin, AARDO Representative, was the Guest of Honour in the session. The Director (Training) & Workshop Coordinator, BARD, Director (Research) & Workshop Director (BARD) and the Guest of Honour addressed the participants. On behalf of the participants, vote of thank was extended by the participants from Egypt and Nigeria. After distribution of the Certificates and mementoes to the participants, the programme came to the end with the concluding remarks by the Chairperson.

AARDO-KOICA Joint Follow-up Seminar on "Sustainable Agriculture Development", 28 November - 02 December 2016, New Delhi, India

AARDO, in collaboration with Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), organized a Follow-up Seminar on “Sustainable Agriculture Development (SAD)” at New Delhi, India on 28 November - 02 December 2016. The purpose of the seminar was to evaluate three training programmes on SAD that were organized during 2013-2015 and to assess their impact on the participants. The seminar provided a forum for direct interaction between the past participants and concerned faculty of the Korean Universities/ institutions. The seminar was attended by thirty eight (38) delegates. Of these, 22 past participants of 'SAD' training programme (2013-2015) and 16 delegates including 8 experts from R O Korea attended the Follow up seminar.

The Seminar was inaugurated at ITC Maurya Hotel, New Delhi on 28 November 2016 and graced by a number of dignitaries which, among others, included their Excellencies the Ambassadors and Diplomats of participating countries; Director of Capacity Building Programme, KOICA, Honorary Regional Represent-ative of AARDO for Far East Regional Office (FERO), Seoul; faculty of Kyungpook National University (KNU) and Yeungnam University of R O Korea; Officials from KOICA, FERO, KNU, AARDO and guests from various AARDO-linked institutions located at New Delhi.

At the opening of the seminar, His Excellency Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO welcomed the distinguished guests. He thanked Ms. Won, Jihye, Director, KOICA and appreciated for her endeavors towards organizing the seminar at New Delhi culminated into a meaningful outcome. The Secretary General further expressed his gratitude to Prof. Lim, Jinkyu, Director, International Agricultural Training Centre (IATC), Kyungpook National University for extending all the cooperation and support in successfully hosting the 'SAD' training programme during 2013-2015. He also thanked Mr. Yoo, Byung-Rin, Honorary Regional Representative of AARDO for Far East Region for wonderful coordination and continuing cooperation being extended by FERO in strengthening cordial relations with the esteemed Government of R O Korea and its various institutions. The Secretary General expressed pleasure and thanked all the participants for their responsiveness and continuing interest in acquiring and implementing innovative knowledge gained through the 'SAD' training programme. Besides, the addresses were also delivered by Director of KOICA, Director of IATC and Honorary Regional Representative of AARDO for Far East.

During the seminar, six lectures on the following themes were delivered by distinguished faculty from Kyungpook National University and Yeungnam University:
  • Impact Assessment of Education and Training Program for Korea's Rural Development Policy
  • Problems and Prospects of Crop Production
  • Hay harvest and its process Technology
  • Use of Organic and Environment- friendly Materials for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Green House Complex in Korea
  • Irrigation Development for Sustainable Agriculture
In addition, the participants also presented their country reports on the successful implementation of learning of the 'SAD' training programme. The seminar was made quite interactive for an effective assessment of the impact of the 'SAD' training programme on participants and a meaningful outcome. The seminar concluded with presentations of the outcome of workshops made by two groups representing Africa and Asia. It culminated with some very useful recommendations towards further effectiveness of the 'SAD training programme for tangible impact in situ.

“Technological Advancement for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development” (TASARD), 20-23 February 2017, New Delhi, India

African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO), in collaboration with the Society for Plant Research (SPR) - India, organized an International Conference on “Technological Advancement for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development”(TASARD-India, 2017), at the National Agricultural Science Complex (NASC), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Government of India, New Delhi, India during 20-23 February 2017. The main objective of the Conference was achieved in the sense that it brought together international scientists, policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders to brainstorm on different aspects of Sustainable Agriculture, Biological Sciences and Rural Development.

The Conference was honoured by the august presence of honourable Ministers of Agriculture of State of Palestine and Syrian Arab Republic, and attended by other high level twenty eight (28) delegates from fifteen (15) AARDO member countries, namely, Bangladesh, R.O. China (Taiwan), Ghana, Iraq, Lebanon, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Syria and Zambia. All together, the Conference was attended by more than 300 eminent scientists, policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders from Africa, Asia, Europe and USA. The Conference served as a crucial platform to high level dignitaries, leading experts, scientists, resource persons and participants for sharing their rich experiences and brainstorming together with all the delegates on scientific and technological solutions to achieve Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development.

The Inaugural Function of the Conference was held on 20th February 2017. The dignitaries, H.E. Mr. Sufian A.S. Sultan, Minister of Agriculture, State of Palestine, H.E. Mr. Ahmad Fateh Al Qaderi, Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, Syrian Arab Republic, Prof R R Hanchinal, Chairperson, Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers' Rights Authority, New Delhi, Prof. Anton Hartmann, Munchen-Neuherberg, Germany,Prof Rainer Borriss, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, Prof N S Rathore, Deputy Director General (Education), ICAR, New Delhi, India, H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO, Prof. M.P. Yadav, Patron, SPR and Former Secretary, NAAS, Prof. R. K. Gupta, President, SPR and Prof. S. K. Bhatnagar, Secretary General, SPR were on the dais and delivered their addresses. A vote of thank was given by Prof. N. K. Tuteja of Amity University, NOIDA, India .

The Ambassadors and High Commissioners of the AARDO member countries, namely, Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, Palestine, R. O. China, Syria and Yemen were also present during the inaugural function of the Conference. Further, representatives of other Embassies/High Commissions from AARDO members equally attended the function.

The Conference comprised of 10 technical sessions on: i) Technological Advancement in Agricultural Production System And Value Chain Management; ii) Phyto-Remediation For Health and Environment in Context of Rural Development ; iii ) Plant Developmental Biology, Metabolomics, Genomics and Proteomics; iv) Plant Microbe Interaction; v) Biotechnology, Transgenic Development; vi) Management of Water Resources; vii) Plant Science Research for Climate and Natural Disaster Management; viii) Natural Resource Conservation , Integrated Rural Development Through Women and Economics of Post Harvest Agriculture; ix) Agri-Business and Non-Conventional Energy, Nano-Science; Geo-Informatics (GIS, GPS, Remote Sensing); and x) Livestock & Agriculture Prosperity. Two special AARDO sessions, namely, Ministers' Statement on “Agriculture & Rural Development” and AARDO member country reports presentation on “Sustainable Rural Development in African-Asian Regions” were held on 20 and 22 February 2017, respectively.

Besides, four brainstorming sessions on: i) Agriculture and Biotechnology; ii) Post-harvest Technology and Promotion of Entrepreneurship for Agribusiness; iii) Technologies Adaptation by Rural Community, especially Women & Farmers; iv) Role of ICT in Agriculture and Rural Development, were organized on 21-22 February 2017.

The Valedictory Session of the Conference was held on 22nd February 2017 under the Chairmanship of Mr. Oomaduth Jadoo, Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister's Office, (NDU), Mauritius and President, Executive Committee of AARDO. H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO and Prof. H.S. Gupta were the Guests of Honour in the session. The dignitaries addressed the delegates and distributed the certificates and awards to the young scientists. A vote of thank was extended by Prof. A.P. Garg of SPR.

“Agricultural Insurance - A Climate Change Adaptation Tool in the African, Asian and Pacific Regions”, 06-10 February 2017, Malaysia

African-Asian Rural Development Organization, in collaboration with Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) and Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), organised, the first ever, the Round Table on “Agricultural Insurance - A Climate Change Adaptation Tool in African, Asian and Pacific Regions” at MARDI, Selangor, Malaysia during 06-10 February 2017.

The Roundtable was attended by a total mix of 34 participants with diverse experiences from 24 AARDO and CIRDAP member countries, namely, Bangladesh, R O China, Fiji, Ghana, India, Indonesia, I R Iran, Jordan, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritius, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand.

At the inaugural session held on 7th February, while Ybgh. Datuk Dr. Sharif bin Haron, Director General, MARDI welcomed the delegates and guests, addresses were delivered by H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO and H.E. Mr. Tevita G. Boseiwaqa Taginavulau, Director General, CIRDAP. The Roundtable was officially opened by Ybhg. Dato' Azizan bin Mohammad Sidin, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (KKLW), Government of Malaysia. The opening session was graced by various dignitaries including Diplomats of some of the participating countries stationed at Kuala Lumpur as well as the authorities of MARDI.

To highlight the status of agri-insurance in the African Asian and Pacific regions, three keynote presentations were delivered during the business sessions by experts from Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Singapore. It set the tone of the Roundtable leading to the country presentations delivered by 22 delegates from both AARDO and CIRDAP member countries. Following the country presentations, the participants were divided into three groups to brainstorm and deliberate on various aspects of agri-insurance in the wake of Climate Change. On 9th February, the Roundtable culminated with a set of recommendations applicable for participating countries of African, Asian and the Pacific regions based on unique mix of their respective varied experiences.

In the valedictory session, the closing remarks were presented by the Chief Guest, Dr. Rozan Abu Dardak, Director, Strategic Planning and Innovation Management Centre of MARDI as well as by the representatives of the Secretary General, AARDO and Director General, CIRDAP respectively. The delegates were awarded certificates of participation by the Chief Guest.

ICID 2nd World Irrigation Forum on Water Management in a Changing World: Role of Irrigation for Sustainable Food Production 06-08 November 2016 Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Second World Irrigation Forum (WIF2) was held at Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition Center, Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 6-8 November 2016, on the theme “Water Management in a Changing World: Role of Irrigation for Sustainable Food Production”. The grand event was attended by over 1200 delegates from 56 countries drawn from different disciplines, including Ministers, academics, researchers, international scientific community, engineers, policy makers, industry and irrigation managers, farmers and exhibitors.

The glittering Opening Ceremony was held on 6 November 2016 with a tribute to the Late King, His Majesty, King Bhumibhol Adulyadej of Thailand. H.E. General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Prime Minister of Thailand welcomed the delegates through video address and highlighted the importance of this event for the future of Thailand. The other welcome addresses included: H.E. Mr. Pawin Chamniprasart, Governor, Chiang Mai; President Dr. Saeed Nairizi. Mr. Sanchai Ketworrachai, Director General, Royal Irrigation Department and the Chairman, THAICID who made a brief report on the activities. The Opening Address was delivered by H.E. General Chatchai Sarikulya, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand.

At the kind invitation of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), New Delhi, India, H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO attended the Forum. During the Inaugural Function, H.E. the Secretary General presented a Keynote Paper on “AARDO's Role in Sustainable Use of Water Resources and Management”. Moreover, the Secretary General co-chaired a side event on “Agriculture Water Management for Sustainable Rural Development” on 07 November 2016 jointly organized by AARDO and ICID. Two experts, one each from R O China (Taiwan) and Pakistan, were also deputed by AADRO who presented their papers in the side event. Besides, one AARDO senior officer attended the Conference too. AARDO will bring out special issue of its journal on the same theme for the larger benefit of the member countries.