Most of the countries in the African-Asian region have significantly improved the quality, knowledge, skills and competencies of their human resources during the last 3-4 decades. Yet, there are many challenges to be overcome in order to achieve sustainable development. These, among others, include climate change, gender inequality, unemployment particularly youth unemployment, natural disasters, environmental degradation, information technology, WTO and Globalisation, etc. In a nutshell, the developing countries in the African-Asian are in need of technical assistance to overcome the challenges and further strengthen their rural policies and programmes. AARDO through its diverse activities and programmes, supplements the efforts of its member countries and provides ample opportunities to the officials/experts from member countries to jointly discuss their problems, learn from the experiences of other countries, exchange views, ideas, information and develop understanding among them for exploring collectively opportunities for coordination of efforts towards promotion of rural and agriculture development.
AARDO in collaboration with the esteemed Government of India celebrated its Golden Jubilee during 5-7 March 2012 in New Delhi. An important component of the Celebration was the organization of an International Seminar on ‘Rural Development: Retrospect and Prospects’. The recommendations of the seminar were adopted as “AARDO Declaration on Rural Development”. Some of the critical areas highlighted in the Declaration were:
||Reforms and Restructuring Rural Poverty, Society and Economy,
||Eradication of Poverty, and Food and Nutritional Insecurity,
||Women Empowerment, Education and Health Care,
||Enhancing the Role of Private Sector, NGOs and Civil Society,
||Increasing International Trade in Farm Sector,
||Encouraging Better Use of Appropriate Technologies and Data Generation and Management,
||Collaboration in Research and Extension
Accordingly, AARDO’s work programme for the triennium 2018 - 2020 focused on the critical issues highlighted in the “AARDO Declaration on Rural Development”.
The Work Programme of AARDO for the triennium 2018 - 2020 includes: