A delegation from the Agrinnovate India Limited (Agin), New Delhi, comprising the following members paid a visit to the AARDO Secretariat on 06 December 2017 to hold discussions with H.E the Secretary General on matters of common interest, including exploring potential areas of collaboration between the two Organizations:
- Mr. Ravinderjit Singh, Chief Executive Officer (CEO);
- Mr. Sivakumar, Business Manager; and
- Mr. Amit Kalkal, Business Manager
The meeting was also attended by Dr. Manoj Nardeosingh, Assistant Secretary General, AARDO and senior officers from the Secretariat.
On behalf of AARDO, on behalf of his colleagues and on his own behalf, H.E. the Secretary General extended a hearty welcome to the delegation. He remarked that there were many similarities and commonalities in the domains of both the Organizations. He looked forward to the discussions with the delegation in order to arrive at some tangible results for mutual benefits. He also briefly explained the collaborative arrangements between AARDO and its member countries/centres of excellence in the organisation of capacity building programmes.
Thanking the Secretary General for according his delegation a warm welcome, the CEO, Agrinnovate India Limited informed that his Organization offers various types of programmes such as technology transfer, capacity building, including customised programmes for the clients, consultancy, turnkey projects, etc. The delegation also explained the salient features of some available technologies for commercialization like detection of adulteration in milk, preparation of various products from tomatoes, incubation, etc.
The Assistant Secretary General mentioned that there was a need to arouse the interest of AARDO member countries in Agin technologies which have been tested and well appreciated by higher authorities at various levels.
At the end of the meeting, the Secretary General handed a set of AARDO publications to the delegation. The Head of delegation also handed some Agin’s publications to the Secretary General.
Agrinnovate India Limited is a public sector undertaking under the administrative control of Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare, Government of India.
H.E. Mr. Nejmeddine LAKHAL, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tunisia to India called on the Secretary General on 28 November 2017 to personally hand over his country’s Membership Application Form for full membership of African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) with effect from 1st January 2018. On behalf of AARDO and on his own behalf, the Secretary General extended a warm welcome to His Excellency. The Assistant Secretary General and the senior officers of AARDO also extended a warm reception to the high dignitary.
Expressing his happiness at Tunisia becoming a full member of AARDO with effect from 1st January 2018, H.E. the Ambassador believed that the membership would be beneficial not only to Tunisia but also to AARDO and its member countries. The Government of Tunisia is very willing to be an active member of the Organization and looks forward to its association with AARDO to boost and expand cooperation in varied fields pertaining to agriculture and rural development. Further, the Embassy of Tunisia in New Delhi would be very glad to closely work with AARDO. His Excellency laid stress on integrating innovation and research in AARDO’s centres of excellence for the benefit of farmers in African-Asian member countries.
The Secretary General, welcoming the Honourable Ambassador mentioned that it was a proud moment for AARDO to receive His Excellency Mr. Nejmeddine LAKHAL at the AARDO Secretariat and to receive Tunisia’s membership application form. He remarked that AARDO is privileged to have Tunisia as its member and would supplement esteemed Government of Tunisia’s endeavours in facing rural development challenges. He vividly reminisced his visit to Tunisia in May 2017 and mentioned that the visit provided him a unique opportunity to observe at close quarters the huge strides made by Tunisia in agricultural and rural development. He further mentioned that while in Tunisia, he had visited the governorate of Zaghouan, some renowned institutes, cooperatives/ Women NGO, integrated farm and a water harvesting project. Referring to His Excellency’s remarks on the crucial importance of research, innovation and organic farming, the Secretary General mentioned that besides incorporating these issues in its technical activities, AARDO is presently laying emphasis on three areas, viz. promotion of fisheries sector, development of sericulture and low cost rural housing for the benefit of rural communities in its member countries. The Secretary General also mentioned that AARDO will explore the possibility of identifying one or two centres of excellence in Tunisia.
The Assistant Secretary General also welcomed the joining of Tunisia as a distinguished member of AARDO’s fraternity. He mentioned that the membership would be mutually beneficial to Tunisia and AARDO. Agreeing to His Excellency’s observations, the Assistant Secretary General stated that innovation is the best way of having progress in agriculture and rural development.
The Head, IEC and Administration Divisions thereafter made a presentation on AARDO, encompassing history of its establishment, vision, mission, areas of concern, organizational structure, technical activities, development pilot projects, website, collaboration with international and regional organizations, digitalization of documents, etc.
At the end of the meeting, the Secretary General handed a set of publications to His Excellency. The meeting ended with a group photograph.
With the joining of Tunisia, the membership of AARDO will rise to 33, 17 from Africa, 15 from Asia as full members and one associate member from Asia.
A three-member delegation from the State of Palestine, led by Dr. Naser Jaghoub, Head, Palestinian Agricultural Disaster Risk Reduction and Insurance Fund (PADRRIF), Ramallah, called on the Secretary General on 13 November 2017 for discussions on matters of mutual interest. The other members of the delegation were:
- i. Eng. Iyad Ahmad Ghanim, Compensation Department, PADRRIF
- ii. Eng. Qais A. Hantash, Director, Agricultural Insurance Department, PADRRIF
The visiting delegation was accorded a warm welcome on arrival at the AARDO Secretariat. The meeting was also attended by the Assistant Secretary General, AARDO and all Division Heads from the Secretariat.
Dr. R. Dyal, Head, Administration and IEC Divisions thereafter made a presentation on AARDO, its vision, mission, membership, activities, organizational structure, and latest news.
During discussions, the Head, PADRRIF thanked AARDO for providing opportunities to participants from Palestine to attend capacity building programmes in different member countries. He informed about establishing an agriculture insurance company and a project on early warning system on disasters in Palestine. He also requested AARDO for organising more workshops/training programmes on themes like disaster risk reduction and management, agriculture insurance, etc., for the benefit of member countries
At the end of the meeting, the Head, PADRRIF presented a memento to the Secretary General. The Secretary General presented a set of AARDO publications to each member of the delegation. The delegation members also visited the library and had a look at some of AARDO publications.
The delegation is visiting India under AARDO’s Study Visits Programme for Experts, Scientists and Senior Government Officials from Country to Country. The delegation would also pay visits to the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, Indian Farmers Fertilizer Co-operative (IFFCO)-Tokio, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), etc.
Mr. Muhammad Asghar Ch., a senior officer belonging to Secretariat Group, Government of Pakistan, has taken over as the new Director General, Akhtar Hameed Khan National Centre for Rural Development (AHK NCRD), and Honorary Regional Representative of AARDO for South and Central Asia, Islamabad, with effect from 1st October 2017. Before joining AHK NCRD, Mr. Muhammad Asghar Ch. worked in senior positions in the Government of Pakistan.
The AARDO will immensely benefit from the wide and professional experiences and rich and varied knowledge of the new Honorary Regional Representative in the areas of management skills, disaster risk management, project management appraisal techniques, developing performance indicators, etc.
A 25-members delegation of Youth Ambassadors from the Republic of China (Taiwan) headed by H.E. Mr. Victor J. Chin, Seasoned Ambassador from the Government of the Republic of China, paid a visit to the AARDO Secretariat, New Delhi on 31st August 2017. H.E. Dr. Joyce Juo-Yu Lin, Deputy Head of delegation and Specialist in South East Asian Political and Economic Issues, Professor and Head of ASEAN Studies Center at Tamkang University and Mr. Yu-Shan Chui, Deputy Representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre in India, New Delhi accompanied the youth Ambassadors on the visit. Since H.E. the Secretary General was away on official tour abroad, the delegation was received by Dr. Manoj Nardeosingh, Assistant Secretary General and senior officers from the Secretariat.
In his opening remarks, the Assistant Secretary General mentioned that AARDO is a manifestation of solidarity among people of African and Asian countries, subscribing to the spirit and philosophy of south-south cooperation. AARDO is carrying out a very noble mandate of cooperation for sustainable agricultural and rural development and its missions and objectives are very much aligned with the international agenda 2030 and with most of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On behalf of AARDO and on his behalf, he expressed profound thanks and gratitude to the esteemed Government of the Republic of China for its generous support and cooperation to AARDO ever since it joined the Organization in 1968.
H.E. Mr. Victor J. Chin, the head of the delegation, on behalf of his delegation and on his own behalf, expressed pleasure to be at the AARDO Secretariat, and thanked the Assistant Secretary General and Secretariat officers for extending them a warm welcome. He remarked that AARDO is a wonderful Organization which aims at poverty alleviation and rural development of its member countries. He mentioned that Taiwan is very fortunate to have high economic growth as well as being a member of international organization like AARDO. These remarks were followed by self-introductions by all the Youth Ambassadors and the AARDO Secretariat officers. Some youth ambassadors gave performances showing their talent in music, dance entertainment, calligraphy, yo-yo, etc. Head of PPP thereafter made a presentation about AARDO,
its objectives, vision, mission, organizational structure, technical activities,collaboration with international/regional organizations, dissemination of information and networking etc.After the presentations, a question and answer session was held wherein the delegation members raised some questions about AARDO.
At the end of the meeting, the Head of delegation, presented a memento to the Assistant Secretary General, On behalf of AARDO, the Assistant Secretary General presented mementos to the Head of delegation and all other delegation members. The meeting ended with a group photograph.
Dr. Mohd Desa Hj Hassim, Chief Executive Officer, International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet), Selangor, Malaysia, paid a courtesy call on the Secretary General on 16 August 2017 to hold discussions on matters of mutual interest. Two officials from Ministry of Agriculture and Agro based Industry, Malaysia accompanied the Chief Executive Officer on the visit. The visiting delegation was accorded a warm welcome on arrival at the AARDO Secretariat. The meeting was also attended by Dr. Manoj Nardeosingh, Assistant Secretary General, and senior officers from the AARDO Secretariat.
During the discussions, TFNet sought AARDO’s support for the efforts of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries to innovate rural smallholder fruit value chains (SVCs) in three focus areas of value creation, namely, processing, marketing and export.
AARDO and TFNet signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Collaboration and Coordination in 2005. TFNet is an independent and self-financing global network, established under the auspices of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with the mandate and role to promote sustainable global development of the tropical fruit industry in relation to production, consumption and trade.
A delegation from the esteemed Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, headed by Mr. Suresh Pradhan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation (MOCPA), paid a visit to the AARDO Secretariat on 13th June 2017 for discussions with H.E. the Secretary General to explore the possibility of Nepal joining AARDO as its distinguished member. The Assistant Secretary General and the senior officers of AARDO were present in the meeting. The members of the delegation were : Mr. Santosh Shrestha, Under Secretary, Ministry of Finance; Mr. Ramesh Adhikari, Under Secretary, MOCPA; Mr. Upendra Dungana, Information Officer, MOCPA; Mr. Narayan Ganwalai, Deputy Registrar, DCO; and Mr. Ananda Saru, Chief of Divisional Cooperative Office.
On behalf of AARDO and on his own behalf, H.E. the Secretary General extended a hearty welcome to the delegation. The Secretariat thereafter made a presentation about AARDO, encompassing history of its establishment, objectives, vision, mission, areas of concern, organizational structure, technical activities, development pilot projects, golden jubilee celebration, formulation of the triennial technical work programme, membership contribution, collaboration with international and regional organizations, digitalization, website, library including of documents, etc.
Mr. Suresh Pradhan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation (MOCPA), Government of Nepal, informed that the Ministry was established five years ago with the objective of making it a focal point in the effort to alleviate poverty briefly explained the steps being taken by the Ministry in the context of poverty alleviation. He appreciated the activities of AARDO and remarked that these would be useful to his country.
He informed that Nepal is expected to join AARDO as its member in the near future. Detailed procedure for joining AARDO was also explained to the delegation.
At the end of the meeting, H.E. the Secretary General and the Hon’ble Joint Secretary, MPCPA exchanged mementoes. The delegation members also had a look at some of AARDO’s publications.
A high level delegation headed by H.E. Mr. Ahmad Fateh Al Qaderi, Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, Syrian Arab Republic called on H.E. the Secretary General at the AARDO Secretariat on 21st February 2017 for discussions on matters of mutual interest. Mr. Haitham Haidar, Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform and Mr. Wael Deirki, Minister Counsellor, Embassy of Syria, New Delhi accompanied the Hon’ble Minister. On behalf of AARDO and on his own behalf, H.E. the Secretary General extended a hearty welcome to the delegation.
During discussions, the Hon’ble Minister informed the Secretary General that before his departure to New Delhi, he had attended a meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Council of his Government, which inter alia, decided to lay specific focus on aqua-culture and sericulture for the economic development of Syria. The Hon’ble Minister sought AARDO’s assistance to develop these two sectors. The Secretary General assured the Hon’ble Minister all assistance from AARDO to promote these two sectors in the country.
At the end of the meeting, a set of AARDO publications was provided to the Hon’ble Minister.
The Hon'ble Minister was in New Delhi at the invitation of AARDO to participate in the International Conference on “Technological Advancement for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development” (TASARD-India, 2017) organised by AARDO in collaboration with the Society for Plant Research (SPR) in New Delhi on 20-22 February 2017.
A high level delegation headed by H.E. Mr. Sufian A.S. Sultan, Minister of Agriculture, State of Palestine called on H.E. the Secretary General at the AARDO Secretariat, New Delhi on 21st February 2017 for discussions on matters of mutual interest. H.E. Mr. Adnan M. Abu Alhaijaa, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for the State of Palestine to India, and Mr. Nasser R.H. Jaghoub, Head of the Palestinian Disaster Risk Reduction and Insurance Fund (PADRRIF), Ministry of Agriculture accompanied the Hon’ble Minister. On behalf of AARDO and on his own behalf, H.E. the Secretary General extended a hearty welcome to the delegation. The discussions covered a wide range of issue of common interest. At the end of the meeting, a set of AARDO publications was provided to the Hon’ble Minister.
The Hon’ble Minister was in New Delhi at the invitation of AARDO to participate in the International Conference on “Technological Advancement for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development” (TASARD-India, 2017) organised by AARDO in collaboration with the Society for Plant Research (SPR) in New Delhi on 20-22 February 2017.
The State of Palestine is the youngest member of AARDO’s fraternity, having joined it in 2015.