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Delegation from Nepal visited the AARDO Secretariat

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.

His Excellency the Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, Government of the Syrian Arab Republic called on the Secretary General

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.

His Excellency the Minister of Agriculture, Government of the State of Palestine called on the Secretary General

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.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Government of Bangladesh

AARDO, Rural Development and Cooperative Division (RD & CD) of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh and Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bogra, Bangladesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 19th January 2017. The MoU was signed in the presence of H.E. Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, MP, Minister, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives (LGRD&C), Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh,H. E. Mr. Md. Mashiur Rahman Ranga, MP, State Minister, LGRD & Cooperatives, Bangladesh and other high level dignitaries present during the Inaugural function of 68th Session of AARDO Executive Committee held in Dhaka. On behalf of AARDO, H.E. Eng Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, on behalf of RD&CD, Dr. Prosanta Kumar Roy, Secretary, and on behalf of RDA, Eng. M. A. Matin, Director General signed the MoU.

The MoU will facilitate in organising international/regional level training programmes in the field of rural development for AARDO member countries. The programme will be organized annually at Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bogra, Bangladesh for about 20 officials from AARDO member countries.

With the addition of RDA as new Centre of Excellence, the total number of AARDO's Centre of Excellence has increased to 26. Rural Development Academy (RDA) was established in 1974 as a specialized national rural development institution for training, research and action research. It has a strength of 304 personnel including 61 faculty position .The Academy is an autonomous institution officiated with the RD&CD of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Co-operatives (LGRDC), Bangladesh.

Hon’ble Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives,
Government of the Republic of Mauritius
called on the Secretary General

His Excellency Mr. Soomilduth Bholah, Hon’ble Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, Government of the Republic of Mauritius paid a visit to the AARDO Secretariat on 16 January 2017 to have discussions with H.E. the Secretary General on matters of mutual interest. H.E. Mr. Jagdishwar Goburdhun, GOSK, High Commissioner for the Republic of Mauritius to India; Mr. D. Gaoneadry, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives; and Mr. G. Seechurn, Director of the National Institute for Cooperative Entrepreneurship, Mauritius, accompanied the Hon’ble Minister on the visit. On behalf of AARDO Secretariat and on his own behalf, H.E. the Secretary General felt extremely pleased in extending a warm welcome to the delegation.

The discussions primarily focused on exploring ways and means for forging possible collaboration between the esteemed Ministry of Business, Enterprise and cooperatives and AARDO. His Excellency the Hon’ble Minister highly appreciated AARDO’s prompt response to the Mauritian request to depute an expert for the Mauritius cooperative livestock sector. Prof. Jabir Ali, Chairman, Management Development Programme (MDP), Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow, who was deputed prepared an excellent report on his study carried out during April-May 2016 on “Restructuring and Consolidation for Cooperative Dairy Sector in Mauritius” wherein invaluable recommendation for promoting the sector have been made.

It was underlined that, as a follow up of the study report, the Ministry of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, had started implementation of one of its recommendations, namely, setting up the logistic support for the sector. Consequently, AARDO had been approached for financial support in acquiring a refrigerated vehicle.

AARDO has approved the project proposal on “Development of Dairy Cooperatives Logistics System for Mauritius” and has provided financial assistance of US $40,000 towards its implementation.

Hon’ble Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, and Arts and Culture, Government of the Republic of Mauritius called on the Secretary General

His Excellency Mr. P. Roopun, Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment and Minister of Arts and Culture, Government of the Republic of Mauritius called on H.E. the Secretary General on 12 January 2017 for discussions on matters of mutual interest. H.E. Mr. Jagdishwar Goburdhun, GOSK, High Commissioner for the Republic of Mauritius to India and Ms. V. Segobin-Maulloo from the Mauritius High Commission, New Delhi, accompanied the Hon’ble Minister on the visit. The delegation was accorded a warm welcome on arrival at the AARDO Secretariat and pleasantries exchanged.

The Hon’ble Minister apprised H.E. the Secretary General of the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the Republic of Mauritius and the formulation and implementation of a “Marshall Plan” to eradicate extreme poverty. He also briefly dwelt on various empowerment programmes wherein supports to families are conditional to enter into a contract agreement to undergo educational and skills training. H.E. the Secretary General informed the visiting delegation about the technical and organizational activities of AARDO and support extended by AARDO to the esteemed Government of Mauritius, like high level study visit, deputation of expert for the cooperative livestock sector in Mauritius and financing of a refrigerated vehicle towards implementation of the project “Reorganization of the Mauritian Cooperative Livestock Sector”. Possibilities of sharing experiences and best practices, especially in the field of women empowerment, cooperatives and associations were viewed as effective empowerment models.

AARDO and the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India signed Memorandum of Understanding

AARDO and the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in New Delhi on 30 November 2016 for capacity building programmes in India for the AARDO sponsored candidates from its member countries.

Under the MoU, the esteemed Ministry of Rural Development has offered an additional contribution of US $600,000 for the triennium 2015-2017 amounting to US$200,000 per year towards the capacity building programmes by way of organising short-term training programmes at Institutes of Excellence, Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development Management (PGDRDM), workshops/seminars and study visits to be organised in India for the AARDO-sponsored candidates from member countries. AARDO would provide administrative services and overall coordination for successful organization of the programmes.

It is expected that about 100 officials from AARDO member countries would benefit annually from these programmes.

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Delegation visited the AARDO Secretariat

A delegation from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Regional Office of AARDO for the Far East, Republic of Korea, comprising the following members paid a visit to the AARDO Secretariat on 02 December 2016 to hold discussions with H.E the Secretary General on matters of common interest, including revisiting and renewing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Sustainable Agricultural Development (SAD) Training Programme held in R.O.Korea.
  1. Ms. WON, Jihye, Director, Capacity Development Programme Team, KOICA;
  2. Ms. Su Jung Lee, Programme Coordinator, KOICA;
  3. Mr. Jeon, Jong-Cheol, Regional Office of AARDO for the Far East;
  4. Ms. Kristy (Sung-hee) Seo, Regional Office of AARDO for the Far East;
  5. Prof. Kim Jong-Sun, Centre for International Agricultural Partnership, Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI), and KOICA Expert and
  6. Prof. Jin-Yong Choi, Seoul National University, Seoul, and KOICA Expert
The delegation was in New Delhi in connection with the Follow-up Seminar on “AARDO-KOICA Joint Training Programme on Sustainable Agricultural Development (SAD)”, jointly organised by KOICA and AARDO from 28 November to 1st December 2016.

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 on arrival at the AARDO Secretariat.He made a presentation encompassing AARDO’s goal, vision, mission, areas of concern, accomplishments made, core competencies, entire process of formulating the triennial technical work programme, membership and membership contribution, collaboration with international and regional organizations digitalization of documents, etc.

Ms. WON, Jihye, Director, Capacity Development Programme Team, KOICA, in her remarks, expressed her pleasure at the successful conclusion of the Follow-up Seminar. She also briefed the Secretary General about KOICA and its various activities.

The discussions mainly focused on renewing the MoU for organisation of the SAD training programme in Republic of Korea and further improving its contents.

The Secretary General handed over a set of publications each to the delegates. The meeting ended with a group photograph.


Delegation from the Far East Regional Office of AARDO, Republic of Korea visited the AARDO Secretariat on 27 November 2016

A three-member delegation headed by Mr. Yoo, Byung-Rin, Honorary Regional Representative of AARDO for the Far East Regional Office (FERO), Republic of Korea, called on the Secretary General on 27 November 2016 for discussions on matters of common concerns. Mr. Jeon, Jong-Cheol, Research-cum-Administrative Officer and Ms. Kristy Sung-hee Seo, Assistant Manager of the Regional Office for Far East, accompanied Mr. Yoo, Byung-Rin on the visit. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of AARDO Secretariat. On behalf of AARDO, on behalf of his colleagues and on his own behalf, the Secretary General extended a hearty welcome to the delegation.

During discussions, the Secretary General commended the Regional Office for its outstanding work and for extending very good support to AARDO. He stressed on the need for more participation from the esteemed Government of the Republic of Korea and the Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC) in the activities of AARDO. He also sought help from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Korea’s Official Development Assistance (ODA)’s to enable AARDO to meet the aspiration of its member countries.

The Honorary Regional Representative remarked that it was an honour for him to visit the AARDO Secretariat and meet the Secretary General. He expressed the hope that with the commencement of the Rural Community - International Education Exchange Centre (RC-IEEC) in Republic of Korea in 2017, there would be a good opportunity for participating AARDO member counties to derive benefits from Korean experience and expertise in the field of rural development, etc. Moreover, the Korean long experience and vast knowledge in discouraging migration from rural to urban areas could also be useful to developing member countries of AARDO.

At the end of the meeting, the Secretary General handed over a set of publications to the delegation. The meeting ended with a group photograph.

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Delegation visited the AARDO Secretariat

A delegation from Global Engagement, Knowledge and Strategy Division, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Rome visited India on a mission of South South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) during 14-18 November 2016. The delegation comprising the following members also paid a visit to the AARDO Secretariat on 17 November 2016 to hold discussions with H.E the Secretary General on matters of common interest, including exploring potential areas of collaboration between the two Organizations:
  1. Mr. Kristofer Hamel, Senior Technical Officer, GKS;
  2. Mr. Maurizio Navarra, Knowledge Management and Outreach Officer, GKS; and
  3. Ms. Francesca Rappocciolo, Global Engagement Officer, GKS.
Ms. Rasha Omar, Country Representative, in India, also accompanied the delegation during the visit.

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

The Secretary General made a presentation encompassing history of AARDO, its vision, mission, areas of concern, objectives, organizational structure, technical activities, financing of development pilot projects, regional offices, collaboration with international and regional organizations, membership, formulation of triennial technical work programme, publications, etc.

Explaining the purpose of the delegation visit, Mr. Kristofer Hamel informed that SSTC is increasingly becoming important to IFAD member countries and, therefore, the Fund has formulated a new approach to it. IFAD’s new approach is on two domains, namely, (i) technical cooperation and (ii) investment promotion.

It was informed by the visiting delegation that IFAD will be holding its Governing Council (GC) meeting in Rome in February 2016. AARDO would be participating in it. A separate meeting between the two organizations on possible collaboration could be held on the sidelines of the GC meeting.

The Secretary General handed a set of publications to the delegates. The meeting ended with a group photograph.

Visitor from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Mr. Ashwani K. Muthoo, Director, Global Engagement, Knowledge and Strategy Division, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Rome, Italy called on the Secretary General on 26 September 2016 and discussed the possibility of collaboration between the two Organizations. Mr. Muthoo was accorded a warm welcome on arrival at the AARDO Secretariat. The meeting was attended by Dr. Manoj Nardeosingh, Assistant Secretary General, AARDO and senior officers from the Secretariat.

During the meeting, the Secretary General apprised the Director of the programmes and activities of AARDO for the benefit of its member countries and AARDO’s past collaboration with IFAD.

The Director appreciated the activities of AARDO, especially the Human Resource Development (HRD) programme, for the benefit of rural poor in its member countries. He invited the Secretary General and senior officers of AARDO to the launching ceremony of IFAD’s Rural Development Report in New Delhi on 17 October 2016.

At the end of the meeting, the Secretary General handed over to Mr. Muthoo a set of AARDO publications.

Hon’ble Deputy Minister, Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, Government of the Republic of Namibia called on the Secretary General

A high level delegation headed by Hon’ble Ms. Silvia Gonaone Makgone, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, Government of the Republic of Namibia paid a visit to AARDO Secretariat on 10 September 2016 to have discussions with H.E. the Secretary General on matters of mutual interest and how Namibia can derive benefits from AARDO’s activities on becoming its distinguished member. The delegation also comprised Hon’ble Chairmen of three regional councils in Namibia. H.E. Mr. Pius Dunaiski, High Commissioner of the Republic of Namibia to India accompanied the delegation on the visit. 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.

The Secretariat made a presentation about AARDO, its objectives, vision, mission, organizational structure, technical activities, membership, regional offices, etc. The Hon’ble Deputy Minister thanked the Secretary General for accepting Namibia as a member of AARDO. She apprised the Secretary General of the topography of Namibia, including problems faced due to desert, water shortage, etc., and how AARDO could help Namibia in overcoming these difficulties. She also evinced interest in water harvesting scheme of the Government of India.

The Secretary General welcomed the esteemed Government of Namibia on becoming a distinguished member of AARDO. He explained in details various programmes of AARDO, including Human Resource Development (HRD), Development Pilot Projects, etc., which Namibia could derive benefits from. He also briefed the Hon’ble Minister about the activities of AARDO that have been organised on water harvesting in its member countries.

At the end of the meeting, on behalf of AARDO, the Secretary General presented a memento to the Hon’ble Deputy Minister to commemorate the visit. The delegation members had a look at some of AARDO publications. A few publications were handed over to the delegation members. The meeting ended with a group photograph with the Hon’ble Deputy Minister.


Director General, Centre on Integrated Rural Development
for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP), Dhaka, Bangladesh,
called on the Secretary General

Dr. Tevita G. Boseiwaqa Taginavulau, Director General, Centre on Integrated Rural Development For Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP), Dhaka, Bangladesh paid a courtesy call on the Secretary General on 23 August 2016 to hold discussions on matters of mutual interest. Dr. (Ms.) Vasanthi Rajendran, Director (Information & Communication Division) and Director (Training) accompanied the Director General 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, AARDO and senior officers from the Secretariat.
During the discussions, both the organizations discussed the organisation of an international Round Table on Crop Insurance for the benefit of their member countries.
AARDO and CIRDAP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaborative activities in 2013. CIRDAP, established in 1979, is a regional, inter-governmental Organization. Headquartered in Dhaka, Bangladesh, CIRDAP has a membership of 15 countries.

AARDO and the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA), New Delhi signed Memorandum of Understanding

AARDO and the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) New Delhi have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at AARDO Secretariat on 1st July 2016 for carrying out collaborative activities. The MoU was signed by H.E. Eng Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General on behalf of AARDO and Mr. Alok Sinha, Director General on behalf of ICFA. During the signing ceremony, five senior officials from ICFA and the Assistant Secretary General and all Division Heads from AARDO were present.

The MoU envisages AARDO and ICFA working together in enhancing cooperation in the fields of rural development, agriculture and food; implementing programmes on food security, environmental sustainability and accelerating the growth in farm productivity, agri-business, etc., through ensuring continuous and sustainable process of sharing of lessons, ideas and experiences and facilitating collaboration in capacity building, training and skills development and building economic linkages. Both the Organizations may also collaborate in organising programmes and events and may undertake capacity building and entrepreneurship programmes in India and African member countries of AARDO;

Immediately after signing the MoU, AARDO and ICFA held a preliminary meeting to explore possible areas of cooperation.

ICFA, established in 2015 in New Delhi, is a national level apex Non-Government Company with a mandate for policy research and advocacy, trade, technology and investments facilitation in food and agriculture sector towards empowering the farmers and addressing the issues of agricultural development, global food security and environmental sustainability. ICFA through its proactive policy and trade agenda and global partnerships, is creating opportunities for growth and value addition to help improve income of farmers. Besides trade and industry, ICFA focuses equally on farmers and farm-entrepreneurs towards helping them connect with the market opportunities, while addressing their policy, technology, trade, marketing, financing and partnership related issues.

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