The Ad-hoc Committee Meeting for AARDO scale of Membership Contribution for the year 2018, 2019 and 2020 was held under the chairmanship of H. E. Datuk Borhan Bin Dolah, Secretary General, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of Malaysia on 10-11 July 2018 at the Conference Hall of AARDO Secretariat, New Delhi, India. Six, out of seven members, namely: (1) People’s Republic of Bangladesh; (2) Arab Republic of Egypt; (3) Republic of India; (4) Malaysia; (5) Tunisia; and (6) Zambia attended the meeting. H.E. the Secretary General, AARDO attended the meeting as the Member Secretary.
The Ad-hoc Committee discussed the agenda as per Terms of Reference (ToR) approved by the 19th General Session of AARDO Conference held on 01-03 March 2018 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After detailed discussions on scale of membership contribution and recovery of outstanding arrears, the Committee finalized its recommendations on 11th July 2018, which will be placed before the 71st Session of the Executive Committee scheduled to be held in November/December 2018.
African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO), in collaboration with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Government of the Republic of Korea, organised the 2nd AARDO-KOICA Joint Fellowship Programme on Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (SARD) at KOICA and International Education Exchange Centre (IEEC) of Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC) at Seongnam and Ansan respectively during 29 April – 12 May 2018. The programme was exclusively organized for the senior officers of the Government of India with the following main objectives:
a) to enhance understanding on agricultural and rural development;
b) to share the success stories of rural development and economic growth in Korea;
c) to disseminate practical knowledge and transfer of technology concerning rural development;
d) to exchange views on income generation activities and improving living environment for better quality of life in rural areas; and
e) to strengthen future cooperation with India through capacity building in rural development.
The programe was inaugurated by Dr. Yo, Woon Shik, Chairman of KRC-IEEC at Ansan. Dr Manoj Nardeosingh Assistant Secretary General, AARDO and Mr. Yoo, Byung-Rin, Honorary Regional Representative of AARDO for the Far East, R. O. Korea also graced the occasion and delivered their opening remarks. The programme was attended by thirteen (13) participants from Central and various states Governments of India and an officer from AARDO Secretariat.
The training programme consisted of plenary sessions and field visits. The plenary sessions included lectures by renowned experts, presentation by the participants, discussions and preparation of action plans. The lectures by experts were focused on Understanding of Agriculture and Rural Communites, Agriculture Production Infrastructure Development and Operation, Korean Strategies and Schemes for Agriculture and Rural Development, Agriculture Technology Extension Services, Rural Development by Using local Resources etc. In addition to the lectures by Korean experts, lectures were also delivered by Dr Manoj Nardeosingh on “Cooperative as a key player in value chain and SARD” and Dr. Ramesh Mittal, Deputy Director, National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM) of India on “Value Chain Marketing”.
During the field visits, participants were exposed to the successful Korean models. The participants paid visits to Saemangeum Comprehensive Development Project, High Income Strawberry Farming, Garak Agro Market, Wine Cooperative, Highland Farm, Smart Farm, Rural Development Administration (RDA) and Korea National College of Agriculture and Fisheries and were provided with first-hand experience on various aspects of sustainable agricultural and rural development in Korea.
The closing ceremony was held on 11th May 2018 and graced by Dr. Kim Tai Cheol, Professor Emirates, Dr. Yo, Woon Shik, Chairman, RC-IEEC, Dr Kwak Jae Sung, Professor, (Kyung Hee Overseas Dev & Consulting). Dr. Yo, Woon Shik delivered the valedictory address and distributed certificates to the participants. Finally, a vote of thank was presented on behalf of participants.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, organised the First Jordan International Agricultural Forum and Exhibition under the auspices of His Majesty the King of Jordan. The Forum was held at Al-Hussain bin Talal Centre, for Conferences at the Dead Sea Region, Jordan during 25 - 27 April 2018. The main objectives of the Forum were to promote the agriculture sector, develop and modernise agriculture sector, and encourage investment, especially from the private sector, in agriculture sector in Jordan.
At the kind invitation from the Government of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Secretary General represented AARDO at the Forum and made a presentation on the theme “Rural Development and Cooperatives in AARDO Member Countries”. AARDO also deputed an expert from Egypt, its Honorary Regional Representative for North and Eastern Africa, Cairo, Egypt to present a success story of Families and Women Development in Egypt.
The Forum was attended by Hon’ble Ministers from various countries, especially from the Arab region, CEOs/ Representatives of international and regional organizations. It discussed various strategies and policies for the holistic development of agriculture in Jordan.
AARDO, in collaboration with Rural Development Academy (RDA), Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, organized a new training programme on above title theme at Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bogra, Bangladesh during 01-12 April 2018. The broad objective of the training programme was to enhance knowledge of the participants on the concepts and cross cutting issues of green innovation and sustainable agricultural and rural development through presentation, discussion and exposure visits.
The training programme was attended by twenty six (26) participants from twelve (12) AARDO member countries, namely: Burkina Faso, Republic of China (Taiwan), Lebanon, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia, Zambia and the host country, Bangladesh. Besides, one AARDO official also attended the programme.
The Inaugural Session of the programme was held on 02 April 2018. It was graced by the dignitaries, Dr. Akram H. Chowdhury, Chairman, Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA), H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO, Prof. Dr. Hosne-Ara Begum, Founder Executive Director, Thengamara Mohila Sabuj Sangha (TMSS-A National Level Development Organization) and Eng. M.A. Matin, Director General, RDA. Besides, Ms. Nargis Jahan, Director, Training and Mr. Md. Ferdous Hossain Khan, Course Director, RDA were present on the dais.
During the course of deliberations, various issues such as Green Innovation in Agriculture and Rural Development: Concepts and Practice; Green Innovation in e-Inclusion; Green Innovation in Soil and Water Resource Management; Food Security and Safety; Green Innovation in Energy Sector; Climate Smart Green Innovation in Livelihood and Women in Development; Agricultural Marketing and Value Chain Management; Rural Finance, Micro Credit, Micro Saving, Ekti Bari Ekti Khamer (One House One Farm); Green Economy and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and other related issues were addressed by eminent resource persons and faculty of RDA.
The field visits to RDA’s Action Research Projects, TMSS, Practical Action-Pumpkins-Against Poverty; RDA-Swiss Contact Projects at River Islands, Rangpur District; Maria Village, Gram Unnayan Karma (GUK); and other NGOs and Institutions provided an opportunity to the participants to study and learn from the rich and varied Bangladeshi experiences.
The Valedictory Session of the programme was held on 10 April 2018 under the chairmanship of Eng. M.A. Matin, Director General, RDA. Mrs. O.N. Siddika Khanam, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Dr. Khushnood Ali, Head, Research Division, AARDO graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Special Guest respectively. Ms. Nargis Jahan, Director, Training and Mr. Md. Ferdous Hossain Khan, Course Director, RDA were also present on the dais. The dignitaries addressed the delegates and accordingly distributed the certificates and souvenirs to the participants. All the participants were given an opportunity to share their experiences and give feedback on the training programme.
Dr. Khushnood Ali, while in Dhaka on 11 April, availed of this opportunity to have discussion with Dr. Kamrul Ahsan, Director (Research), Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD), Comilla for organization of AARDO-BARD collaborative International Workshop on “Ekti Bari Ekti Khamer (One House One Farm)”, proposed to be organized at BARD, Comilla, Bangladesh, in August or October 2018.
The 71st Session of the Liaison Committee of AARDO was held on 21 March 2018 at the Conference hall of the AARDO Secretariat, New Delhi. The session was important in the sense that new office bearers of Liaison Committee took over the charge of their respective offices. The Session began under the Chairmanship of Mr. V. Cheetoo, Deputy Head of Mission, High Commission of Mauritius, India and representative of the Hon’ble Chairman of the Liaison Committee. After adoption of Provisional Agenda, H.E. Dato’ Hidayat Abdul Hamid, High Commissioner for Malaysia to
India assumed the office of the Chairman of the Liaison Committee of AARDO and representatives of the esteemed High Commissions of Republic of Mauritius and People’s Republic of Bangladesh assumed the offices of Vice-Chairpersons of Liaison Committee from Africa and Asia respectively. The Secretary General and other distinguished delegates extended a warm welcome to the new Chairman and two Vice-Chairpersons of the Liaison Committee.
The session was attended by twenty two (22) delegates from eighteen (18) member countries, namely, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Republic of China (Taiwan), Arab Republic of Egypt, Republic of Ghana, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Lebanon, Malaysia, Republic of Mauritius, Kingdom of Morocco, Republic of Namibia, Sultanate of Oman, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, State of Palestine, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Republic of the Sudan, Republic of Tunisia, Republic of Yemen and Republic of Zambia of the Liaison Committee. In addition, delegate from the Embassy of Republic of Senegal and senior official from International Commission of Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) attended the meeting as Observers. His Excellency Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO attended the meeting as Member Secretary to the Liaison Committee.
The Liaison Committee took note of the follow -up action taken/proposed to be taken by the AARDO Secretariat on the decisions/recommendations of the Special Session of the Executive Committee and 70th Session of the Liaison Committee as well as adopted the latter’s report. The Committee reviewed the activities of the Organization, membership contribution and member relations for the period, July-December 2017. The Committee also took note of the projected programmes of AARDO to be organized from January to June 2018. It decided to hold its next (72nd) Session on 16 August 2018 and accordingly approved the list of special invitees.
The African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India has organized the above title Workshop-cum-Training Programme at Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Cochin, Kerala, India, during 14-28 March 2018, under the additional technical contribution provided by Government of India to AARDO for the capacity building programme.
The programme was attended by sixteen (16) participants from thirteen (13) AARDO member countries, namely, Bangladesh R.O. China (Taiwan), Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Malawi, Mauritius, Oman, Palestine, Sudan and Tunisia.
The Inaugural Function of the programme was held on 14 March 2018 and graced by Dr. A. Ramachandran, Honorable Vice-Chancellor, Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO and Dr. A. Gopalakrishan, Director CMFRI. The dignitaries delivered their inaugural addresses.
This two weeks programme was designed in such a way that the participants would be exposed to the marine fisheries assessment by effective teaching in stock assessment with regular class room sessions as well as practical training. The participants were also imparted training on mariculture activities like hatchery exposure, live feed culture, grow-out farm visits, cage culture, etc.
During various technical sessions, the following aspects related to fisheries and mariculture were covered: Marine Fish Stock Assessment-Models and Methods; Sampling Techniques for Fish Stock Estimation; Micro and Macro Analytical Models; Field Visits and Hands on Training in Developing Stock Assessment Models; Hatchery Technology for High Valued Finfishes and Shell Fishes; Live Feed Culture; Open Sea Cage Culture; Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture (IMTA), etc.
The participants were provided with an opportunity to visit harbours/fish landing centres to have experience in real time data collection in Kochi and they were also taken to Thiruvananthapuram to have practical experiences by visiting related projects and programmes of fisheries and aquaculture.
The programme concluded on 28 March 2018 and accordingly certificates were awarded to the participants by the Director of CMFRI.
The 19th General Session of AARDO Conference was held at Hotel Grand Hyatt, Kuala Lumpur on 01-03 March 2018 at the kind invitation of the esteemed Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, Government of Malaysia. The Conference was attended by eighteen (18) member countries, namely, (i) People’s Republic of Bangladesh, (ii) Republic of China (Taiwan), (iii) Arab Republic of Egypt, (iv) Republic of Ghana, (v) Republic of India, (vi) Republic of Lebanon, (vii) Malaysia, (viii) Republic of Mauritius, (ix) Kingdom of Morocco, (x) Republic of Namibia, (xi) Sultanate of Oman, (xii) Islamic Republic of Pakistan, (xiii) State of Palestine, (xiv) Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, (xv) Republic of the Sudan, (xvi) Syrian Arab Republic, (xvii) Republic of Tunisia and (xviii) Republic of Zambia. Besides, one eligible member country, namely, Kingdom of Cambodia, three (3) International Organizations namely, (i) Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO), (ii) Developing-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation (D-8) and (iii) International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) and representatives of Two (2) regional offices of AARDO for the Far East, R. O. Korea and Middle East, Jordan attended the Conference as Observers. His Excellency Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO attended the Conference as Member Secretary to the Conference.
The Conference was inaugurated by H.E. Y B Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob, Minister of Rural and Regional Development, Government of Malaysia and the Chief Guest. The Inauguration was followed by opening of the exhibition in which various Malaysian agencies working in the field of food processing, handicrafts, rural tourism, etc., participated. The AARDO Secretariat too participated in the exhibition by displaying its various technical publications, posters as well as screening of AARDO profile.
The Conference commenced its session under the presidentship of H.E. Mr. Jagdishwar Goburdhun, GOSK, representative of the Hon’ble President of AARDO and High Commissioner of the Republic of Mauritius to India. After adoption of the Provisional Agenda, H.E Y B Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob, Minister of Rural and Regional Development, Government of Malaysia was elected as the President of AARDO; and Republic of Mauritius and People’s Republic of Bangladesh as the Vice-Presidents of AARDO from Africa and Asia respectively, for the triennium 2018-2020, as recommended by the 69th Session of the Executive Committee. The newly elected dignitaries assumed their offices accordingly. The Conference unanimously elected members of the 19th Executive Committee as follows: (i) Arab Republic of Egypt, (ii) Republic of Ghana, (iii) Republic of Sudan, (iv) Republic of Tunisia, and (v) Republic of Zambia from Africa, and (vi) Republic of India, (vii) Republic of Lebanon, (viii) Sultanate of Oman, (ix) State of Palestine, and (x) Republic of China (Taiwan) from Asia for the triennium.
The AARDO Conference, among others, approved the Member Relations, Budget Estimates and Work Programme for the triennium 2018-2020. It also formally approved the admissions of Republic of Namibia and Republic of Tunisia as full members and Agricultural Bank of Sudan (ABS) as associate member of AARDO.
On 03 March 2018, the delegates had the opportunity to visit Pachitan village ¬¬- 80 kms from Kuala Lumpur – that is well-known for its homestay programme. During the visit, the delegates got a chance to experience and learn a number of things including rubber tapping and oil palm harvesting. The delegates also tried their hand in handicrafts such as batik art painting and wau (kite) making.
The Conference unanimously accepted the offer of the esteemed Government of Republic of Ghana to host its next (20th) General Session in Ghana during 2020, with Republic of Zambia as alternative venue.
The 69th Session of AARDO Executive Committee was held at Hotel Grand Hyatt, Kuala Lumpur on 26-28 February 2018 at the kind invitation of the esteemed Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, Government of Malaysia. The session was chaired by the Hon’ble President of the Executive Committee, Mr. Oomaduth Jadoo, Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office (National Development Unit), Government of the Republic of Mauritius. Nine (09), out of thirteen (13) members of the Executive Committee, namely (i) People's Republic of Bangladesh, (ii) Republic of China (Taiwan), (iii) Republic of Ghana, (iv) Republic of India, (v) Republic of Lebanon, (vi) Malaysia, (vii) Republic of Mauritius, (viii) Sultanate of Oman, and (ix) Republic of Zambia attended the session. Besides, the State of Palestine; Regional Offices of AARDO for the Far East, Republic of Korea; for the Middle East, Jordan; and for North and Eastern Africa, Egypt attended the Session as Observers. His Excellency Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO attended the meeting as the Member Secretary to the Committee.
The meeting was inaugurated by H.E. Haji Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Bin Yaakub, Deputy Minister of Rural and Regional Development, Government of Malaysia and the Chief Guest.
After adoption of the Provisional Agenda, the Executive Committee unanimously decided to recommend the Hon’ble Minister of Rural and Regional Development, Government of Malaysia as the President of AARDO; Republic of Mauritius as the Vice-President of AARDO from Africa; and People’s Republic of Bangladesh as the Vice-President of AARDO from Asia to the 19th AARDO Conference, for the triennium 2018-2020.
The Executive Committee also approved the Review of Activities, Member Relations and recommended the Budget Estimates and Work Programme for the triennium 2018-2020 to the 19th General Session of AARDO Conference.
The Executive Committee ratified the Memoranda of Understanding signed by AARDO with Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, New Delhi on 30 November 2016, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Republic of Korea in December 2016 and Rural Development and Cooperative Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Dhaka; and Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bogra on 19 January 2017.
The Executive Committee meeting was concluded on 28 February 2018 with adoption of Summary Report.
The International Training Workshop on above titled subject was organized by African-Asian Rural Development Organization, in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh at Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD), Comilla during 17-28 February 2018.
The broad objective of the training workshop was to enhance knowledge of the participants on the concepts and issues of financial inclusion, poverty reduction, rural transformation and delivery mechanism through presentation, discussion and exposure visits. The specific objectives of the programme were: to discuss the concept and relationship between sustainable development goals, financial inclusion and rural transformation; to identify suitable methods and develop mechanism for financial inclusion of rural poor; to describe importance and process of financial inclusion system; and to share experiences of financial inclusion and development efforts in different AARDO member countries for attaining SDGs.
The Programme was inaugurated on 17 February 2018 by Mrs. Mafruha Sultana, Honorarable Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in the presence of Dr. Manoj Nardeosingh, Assistant Secretary General, AARDO and Dr. M. Mizanur Rahman, Director General, BARD.
It was attended by twenty two (22) participants from fourteen (14) AARDO member countries, namely, Bangladesh, Republic of China (Taiwan), Egypt, Ghana, Jordan, R.O. Korea, Lebanon, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Namibia, Oman, Sudan, and Zambia.
During various technical sessions, the pertinent issues such as Achieving SDGs: 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, Financial Inclusion through Cooperative Movement: Public Sector Initiative, Financial Inclusion through Commercial Bank: Lessons from Bangladesh, Shariah Based Banking System for Reducing Cultural Barriers of Financial Inclusion, E-Inclusion: A Case of Ektee Bari Ektee Khamar Project (One Household One Farm), Micro-credit: Bangladesh Experience, Financing through PKSF: An Innovative Model for Aligning Additional Fund for Financial Inclusion, Financial Inclusion: Experience of BRAC, Financial Services through Postal Department, 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, Discussion on Innovative Financial Products for Inclusion of Poor and Low-income People of AARDO Member Countries, etc. have provided the participants not only an opportunity to study and learn from the rich and varied Bangladesh experiences, but to cross fertilize their respective experiences in tackling the issues and challenges of financial inclusion and rural transformation.
Thus, the programme enabled them to draw pertinent conclusions and make recommendations on the relationship between financial inclusion, rural transformation and achieving sustainable development.
Dr. Manoj Nardeosingh also availed of this opportunity to have discussion with the Director General and faculty of BARD on other possible areas of collaboration, and specific research studies. Moreover, while in Dhaka, he paid a courtesy call on the Secretary, Rural Development and Cooperatives Division and had a meeting with Eng. M.A. Matin, Director General of Rural Development Academy (RDA) for organization of AARDO-RDA collaborative programme on “Green Innovation in Agriculture and Rural Development”, scheduled to be held at Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bogra, Bangladesh during 01-12 April 2018.