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Strengthening of Centres of Excellence

Considering the utility and importance of technical institutions and research centres, a close collaboration and effective networking would help in conducting capacity building and poverty alleviation programmes. It would also help in recognizing and addressing the pressing needs and exchanging the experiences for the benefit of rural communities in the AARDO member countries. The strengthening of institutions would help in i) training of trainers; ii) linking projects to those institutions that can supply specific training activities and inputs according to the needs; iii) exposing local institutions to teaching material and methods; and iv) facilitating networking among research and training institutions and between the institutions and their clients. The strengthening would involve provision of equipment, training and research material. Thus, the centres of excellence would be strengthened under this programme during this triennium.

1. Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD), Comilla, Bangladesh
2. International Center for Land Policy Studies & Training (ICLPST), Taiwan, R. O. China
3. International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF), Taiwan, R. O. China
4.Egyptian International Centre for Agriculture (EICA), Cairo, Egypt
5.Desert Research Centre (DRC), Cairo, Egypt
6.National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), India
7.National Institute of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (NIMSME), India
8.South India Textile Research Association (SITRA), India
9.Central Fertilizer Quality Control and Training Institute (CFQCTI), India
10.Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, India
11.Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIM), India
12.Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), India
13.Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute (IASRI), India
14.Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI), India
15. Kyungpook National University (through KOICA), R. O. Korea
16.Yeungnam University, R. O. Korea
17.Food and Agriculture Officers Training Institute (FATI), R. O. Korea
18.Institute for Rural Advancement (INFRA), Malaysia
19. National School of Agriculture, Meknes (NAS), Morocco
20.Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI), Nigeria
21. Akhtar Hamid Khan National Centre for Rural Development and Municipal Administration (AHK-NCRD & MA), Islamabad, Pakistan
22. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Pakistan
23. International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), The Phillippines
24. The AVRDC-East and South - East Asia Centre, Thailand
25.Mulungushi University (MU), Zambia