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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 recognising 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 the triennium 2018 - 2020. Following is the list of AARDO's Centres of Excellence:

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