Most of the countries in the African-Asian region have substantially improved their human resources during the last 2-3 decades. However, emergence of new fields such as Information Technology, WTO and Globalisation made these developments short of the requirements and the developing countries as such are still in need of technical/financial assistance to further strengthen their development programmes. AARDO 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 are:

i) Reforms and Restructuring Rural Poverty, Society and Economy,
ii) Eradication of Poverty, and Food and Nutritional Insecurity,
iii) Women Empowerment, Education and Health Care,
iv) Enhancing the Role of Private Sector, NGOs and Civil Society,
v) Increasing International Trade in Farm Sector,
vi) Encouraging Better Use of Appropriate Technologies and Data Generation and Management,
vii) Collaboration in Research and Extension

Accordingly, AARDO’s work programme for the triennium 2015-2017 focused on the critical issues highlighted in the “AARDO Declaration on Rural Development”.

The Work Programme of AARDO for the triennium 2015-2017 includes: