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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.

Delegation from El Gadarif State, Sudan

A high level delegation headed by H.E. Mr. Mirghani Saleh Sayed Ahmed Zeiada, the Hon’ble Governor of the El Gadarif State, Sudan paid a visit to the AARDO Secretariat on 18th March 2016 for discussions with H.E. the Secretary General on El Gadarif State’s future cooperation with AARDO. H.E. Dr. Abdalla Suliman Abdalla Suliman, Minister of Agriculture & Forestry, and H.E. Mr. Omer Mohamed Nour Osman Elhassan, Minister of Finance & Economy, El Gadarif State, accompanied the Hon’ble Governor on the visit. His Excellency Dr. Hassan E. El Talib, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Sudan to India was also present in the meeting. Two officials, one each from the office of the Hon’ble Governor and the Embassy of Sudan were also part of the delegation.

The visiting delegation apprised the Secretary General and other AARDO officials of the economy of the El Gadarif State, status of mechanized farming, agricultural production, available infrastructure, etc. H.E. the Secretary General made a presentation on AARDO and its activities for the kind information of the delegation.

The discussions covered a wide range of subjects like development of AARDO’s model village in the State, transfer of technology to the State, capacity building at grass roots, role of small and medium industries in State’s economy, development of fishery sector, migration from rural to urban areas, deputation of experts to the State, signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the University of El Gadarif and AARDO, etc.

At the end of the meeting, the delegation members had a look at some of AARDO’s publications.

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

His Excellency Mr. Soomilduth Bholah, Hon’ble Minister of Business, Enterprises and Cooperatives, Government of the Republic of Mauritius paid a visit to AARDO Secretariat on 21st January 2016 to have discussions with the Secretary General on matters of mutual interest. Mr. V.A. Putchay, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry and Mrs V. Segobin-Maulloo, First Secretary, Mauritius High Commission, New Delhi accompanied the Hon’ble Minister on the visit. On behalf of Assistant Secretary General, on behalf of AARDO Secretariat and on his own behalf, H.E. the Secretary General felt pleased in extending a warm welcome to the delegation.

The Secretariat made a general presentation about AARDO, its objectives, organizational structure, technical activities, golden jubilee celebration, etc with the belief that some information would be found useful by the esteemed Ministry of Business, Enterprises and Cooperatives. The discussions centered around exploring ways and means for forging possible collaboration between the esteemed Ministry and AARDO. Some of the areas the Hon’ble Minister mentioned for possible collaboration with and support from AARDO included cooperatives other than sugarcane, dairy development and small and medium enterprises.

Secretary General, D-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation (D-8), Istanbul, Turkey called on the Secretary General

His Excellency Dr. Seyed Ali Mohammad Mousavi, Secretary General, D-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation (D-8), Istanbul, Turkey paid a visit to AARDO Secretariat in the afternoon of 08 January 2016 for discussions with the Secretary General, AARDO on matters of mutual interest, including exploring the possibility of organising some joint activities, in the light of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by both the Organizations on 6 December 2013. Mr. Kazi Ziaul Hasan, Director (Economy, Implementation and External Relations), D-8 accompanied the Secretary General on the visit. The Assistant Secretary General, AARDO and senior officers from the Secretariat were present during the meeting. A brief presentation on the programmes and activities of AARDO was made for the kind information of the delegation.

During the discussions, AARDO and D-8 decided to explore the possibilities for the future collaboration for the benefit of their member countries.

The D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation, established in 1997 and headquartered at Istanbul, Turkey, is an intergovernmental Organization for developing economic cooperation among the member countries, namely, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

AARDO and the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), New Delhi signed Memorandum of Understanding

AARDO and the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), New Delhi have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at AARDO Secretariat on 09 December 2015 for carrying out collaborative activities. The MoU was signed by the Secretary Generals, AARDO & ICDF on behalf of their respective organizations. During the signing ceremony, the Assistant Secretary General, senior officers from AARDO and an official from the ICID were also present.

The The MoU facilitates AARDO and ICID acting in close cooperation, and keeping each other informed about all programmes of their work, activities and publications; conducting joint research and consultation on needs of current and future climate information products related to agriculture water management, drought management and flood management; organisation of joint technical seminars, webinars and workshops; working for the expansion and enhancement of the ‘Water’, ‘Agriculture’ and ‘Rural Development’ components; undertaking joint projects, research tasks, experiments, trainings; etc.

ICID, set up in 1950 and with central office located in New Delhi, is a scientific, technical, professional, and voluntary not-for-profit International Organization, dedicated, to enhance the world-wide supply of food and fibre for all people by improving water and land management, through application of irrigation, drainage and flood management techniques. Its membership consists of professionals: planners and policy makers; water managers; irrigation and agriculture engineers; research scientists and educationists; engaged in the related areas within the countries through their National Committees (NC) traditionally organized under the departments responsible for irrigation or agricultural water management. Presently, ICID country membership network is spread over 110 countries across Africa, Americas, Asia and Oceania, and Europe, covering over 95% of the irrigated area of the world.

AARDO and the International Sericultural Commission (ISC), Bengaluru, India signed Memorandum of Understanding

AARDO and the International Sericultural Commission (ISC), Bengaluru, India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for carrying out collaborative activities.

The MoU facilitates exchange of information, experiences, views, experts; jointly taking up studies, action research projects; organising exposure visits, training programmes in the field of sericulture and other areas of mutual interests as well as international seminars, symposia and workshops on the themes relevant to both the Organizations.

The ISC is an inter-governmental Organization engaged in the development of sericulture and silk industry in the world. Headquartered in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, ISC has sixteen (16) members. Its main objective is the development of sericulture industry in existing and new areas through coordinated actions and convergence of programmes extended by different countries, international organizations and other agencies and to organise specialized programmes and activities in capacity building, volunteer expert services, establishing linkages among the sectors, and enhancing facilities for common use.

AARDO and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad, Pakistan signed Memorandum of Understanding

AARDO and the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad, Pakistan have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for carrying out joint activities.

The MoU envisages participation of AARDO-sponsored nominees from its member countries in Master of Science (MS) and Ph.D. Programmes in different disciplines every year at CIIT. It also envisages organisation of specific capacity building programmes, joint implementation of development projects, networking and exchange of visits, etc.

The CIIT, established in 2000 and headquartered in Islamabad, Pakistan is a leading Institute of international repute for scientific research. Quite a large number of students are enrolled in the Institute for pursuing graduate, post-graduate and research degree programmes. The CIIT, besides its principal campus at Islamabad, has six other fully functional campuses in Pakistan.

Change of Incumbency at Regional Office of AARDO for West Africa, Accra, Ghana

On the recommendation of the esteemed Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Government of the Republic of Ghana, the Secretary General has appointed Mr. Patrick Affum Asumadu, Principal Development Planning Officer in the Ministry as the new Honorary Regional Representative of AARDO for West Africa, Accra, with effect from 1st September 2015. Mr. Asumadu has replaced Mr. Ransford Agyepong Dankyira who has formally retired from the service.

AARDO will benefit from the wide and diversified experiences of Mr. Asumadu in the field of rural development.

Change of Incumbency at Regional Office of AARDO for North and Eastern Africa, Cairo, Egypt

On the recommendation of H.E. Ms. Ghada Fathy Waly, Minister of Social Solidarity, Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and Hon’ble Vice-President of AARDO from Africa, the Secretary General has appointed Mr. Mohamed Hassan Rashwan, Director General, General Directorate of Technical Administration, Ministry of Social Solidarity, as the new Honorary Regional Representative of AARDO for North and Eastern Africa with effect from 1st June 2015. Mr. Rashwan has replaced Ms. Aziza Youssef Mustafa, who has retired from the Government service lately.

The Secretariat will immensely benefit from the wide experiences and rich knowledge of Mr. Rashwan in the field of rural and social development.

Visitor's At AARDO Secretariate:

1. Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC), Republic of Korea

A high level delegation from the Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC), Republic of Korea, headed by Dr. Lee, Sang-Mu, President/Chief Executive Officer paid a visit to AARDO Secretariat on 23rd May 2015 to have discussions with the Secretary General on matters of mutual interest. KRC has been admitted as an Associate Member of AARDO since January 2015. The delegation also included Mr. Lee Bong Hoon, President, Korean National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (KCID). Er. Avinash C. Tyagi, Secretary General, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), New Delhi accompanied the delegation on the visit.

A presentation on AARDO- its objectives, membership, regional offices, organizational structure, technical activities, and the capacity building programmes under the additional contribution provided by the esteemed Government of India to AARDO was made for the kind information of the delegation.

The discussions covered a broad spectrum of subjects like increase in the capacity building programmes of AARDO; establishment of model village of AARDO in Sudan; proposal of AARDO to take up a pilot project on growing quinoa crop in one of its member countries; efforts being made by AARDO to implement bigger projects, study visits of experts from member countries to Republic of Korea, especially the KRC, etc.

Dr. Lee, Sang-Mu, President/Chief Executive Officer, KRC thanked the Secretary General’s for according a warm welcome to his delegation. He expressed his Corporation’s willingness to cooperate with AARDO in different fields.

At the end of the meeting, the Secretary General and the President/Chief Executive Officer exchanged their respective organization’s mementos. The delegation members also had a look at some of AARDO’ publications.

2. Malaysian Delegation

A three-member delegation headed by the Deputy Secretary General (Planning), Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, Government of Malaysia called on the Secretary General in the morning of 22nd May 2015 to have discussions on matters of mutual interest. The composition of the delegation was as under:

1. Y Bhg. Dato’ Rahim bin Abu Bakar
    Deputy Secretary General, (Planning)
    Ministry of Rural and Regional Development
    Government of Malaysia

2. Mr. Eddy Sahrizan Rusli
    Senior Assistant Director
    Institute for Rural Advancement (INFRA)
    Ministry of Rural and Regional Development
    Government of Malaysia

3. Ms. Zuliana Haslinda Anhar Zubir
    Director of MARA Indonesia/India
    Embassy of Malaysia in Jakarta

An official from the High Commission of Malaysia, New Delhi accompanied the delegation.

The Secretary General, AARDO explained the salient features of strategies which AARDO follows to achieve its mandate and gave detailed account of on-going activities.

The Dy. Secretary General briefly apprised the meeting of Malaysia’s five years plans, steps taken to eradicate poverty, unemployment situation, implementation of Goods & Services Tax (GST), influx of migrants in the country, etc.

The Secretary General also informed the visiting delegation that AARDO will be laying emphasis on three areas in its future programmes, namely, low cost rural housing, fisheries and sericulture (silk production).

They also discussed the possibility of jointly organising new programmes in Malaysia.

State of Palestine and Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC) join AARDO

The esteemed Government of the State of Palestine has sent the duly filled Membership Application Form to the AARDO Secretariat on 26th December 2014 to become a full member of the Organization with effect from the beginning of the year 2015.

The Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC), a public enterprise and pioneer in construction, maintaining and managing agricultural production infrastructure for Korea’s safe and staple food, forwarded its application to join AARDO as an Associate Member of the Organization with the recommendation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, AARDO’s nodal ministry in the Republic of Korea through the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, New Delhi on 24th December 2014.

The 18th General Session of AARDO Conference unanimously confirmed the full membership of the esteemed Government of the State of Palestine and the associate membership of Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC), Republic of Korea in AARDO with effect from 1st January 2015.

With the joining of State of Palestine and Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC), the total strength of members of the Organization has gone up to thirty one, fifteen full members each from Africa and Asia, besides one Associate member from Asia.

AARDO, the brotherhood of African-Asian solidarity, extends a warm and wholehearted welcome to both the State of Palestine and Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC) for coming into its folds.

AARDO Signs MoU with PSPS, Yeungnam University, R O Korea for providing, inter alia, Slots for Member Countries to Master Degree programme

African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Park Chung Hee School of Policy and Saemaul (PSPS), Yeungnam University, R O Korea on 1 December 2014. On behalf of AARDO, the MoU was signed by H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El Sreihin, Secretary General and on behalf of Park Chung Hee School of Policy and Saemaul by its Dean, Dr Park Seung Woo. As per the MoU, AARDO can sponsor candidates from its member countries to the one and half year Master’s Degree Programme for the next five (5) years effective from 2014. PSPS offers Master degree in the following five majors:

1. Saemaul Undong and Community Development
2. International Development Cooperation
3. Public Policy and Leadership
4. Forest Resources and Ecological Restoration
5. Environmental Management and Policy

In addition to the Master degree programme, AARDO and PSPS will also cooperate and collaborate in the field of capacity building programmes, joint implementation of projects, sharing of information, knowledge and resources, networking and exchange of visits, etc.

Park Chung Hee School of Policy and Saemaul (PSPS), Yeungnam University, R O Korea aims at providing supportive environment to create global leaders to play a pivotal role in reducing poverty and working for the betterment of the world.

AARDO Signs MoU with AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center

African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center, Tainan, Taiwan on 5 May 2014. The MoU was signed by H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General for and on behalf of AARDO and by Dr. J.D.H. Keatinge, Director General for and on behalf of AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center. The main objective of MoU was to focus in the areas of scientific research, development and capacity building, institutional exchange of staff and scientific information, intellectual property rights, etc.

As a follow up to the MoU that is effective from 2014, the esteemed Government of Republic of China (Taiwan) made available ten (10) slots every year to the participants of AARDO member countries. Accordingly, the first batch of seven (7) AARDO-sponsored participants attended the training Module II : From Harvest to Table and Module III: Vegetables for Sustainable Development at the AVRDC’s East and Southeast Asia Centre at Bangkok, Thailand during 2014.

“T” News Award to H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO at India-Arab Friendship Foundation (IAFF), New Delhi

H. E. Mr. P J Kurien, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) has conferred on H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) the “T” News Award on the eve of the launching of India-Arab Friendship Foundation (IAFF) in New Delhi on 25th November 2014. H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, who hails from Jordan, has been working as the Secretary General of AARDO since 2nd September 2011.

AARDO Signs MoU with ICA-AP

African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO), New Delhi, India signed a Memorandum of Understanding with International Cooperative Alliance – Asia and Pacific (ICA-AP), New Delhi, India at the AARDO headquarters in New Delhi on 2 July 2014. For and on behalf of AARDO, the MoU was signed by H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General and for and on behalf of ICA-AP, the MoU was signed by Mr. Balasubramanian G. Iyer, Regional Director. The objective of MoU, according to Article 2, is …. "to work together in enhancing integration and to cooperate in the areas of sustainable economic development, promotion of agriculture and rural development, and allied activities…" The MoU further reads that both the organizations shall invite each other to attend their respective meetings relating to policy organs in the field of cooperatives, agriculture and rural development, as observers and/or guest, on reciprocal basis.

Cooperation with the State of Libya

The Secretary General paid a visit to Libya from 8 to 10 December 2013 at the kind invitation of the Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, Livestock & Marine, Government of the State of Libya. Besides paying courtesy call on the Hon’ble Minister, the Secretary General has had a detailed meeting with the Government’s high officials, led by Eng. Mohammad A. Al-Obaidi, Hon’ble Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Marine. Some of the issues on which both sides agreed to work included organization of a workshop in Libya in 2014; establishing network between the agricultural research centres in Libya and AARDO’s centres of excellence in member countries; deputing experts by AARDO to organise national level training programmes in Libya on the themes identified by the esteemed Ministry, etc.

It is hoped that Secretary General’s visit will lead to the commencement of some technical activities in Libya for the benefit of other member countries of the Organization, besides giving a further fillip to the existing close and cordial relationship between the esteemed Government of the State of Libya and AARDO.

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between AARDO and Developing-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation (D-8)

At the kind invitation of the Developing-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation (D-8), Istanbul, Turkey, H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El Sreihin, Secretary General paid a visit to Nigeria to attend the “Fourth D-8 Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Food Security” hosted by the esteemed Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 4 to 6 December 2013 in Abuja. The Secretary General utilized his presence in Abuja to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of AARDO (MoU) with the D-8 for cooperation and collaboration to promote agricultural and rural development in Afro-Asian region. On behalf of D-8, the MoU was signed H.E. Mr Seyed Ali Mohammad Mousavi, Secretary General. The MoU lays focus on cooperation on human resource development, joint implementation of development projects, promotion of agri-trade and networking, exchange of visits, etc. It is hoped that the signing of the MoU will usher in a new era of prosperity and meaningful cooperation between the two Organizations especially in the areas of rural development. The MoU was signed on 06 December 2013 in the office of the Hon’ble Vice-President and the Minister of Agriculture of Federal Republic of Nigeria in the presence of the dignitaries attending the Ministerial Meeting in Abuja from D-8 member countries.

The Developing-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation, headquartered at Istanbul, Turkey, is an Organization for developing economic cooperation among its member countries, namely, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

The Secretary General, AARDO Expresses Condolences with the Families of Filipinos Affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan

The Secretary General paid a visit to the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, New Delhi on Thursday, 14 November 2013 to express his condolences with the families of Filipinos who have been adversely affected from the super typhoon Haiyan. In his condolence message, the Secretary General felt extremely sad and deeply pained about the large-scale devastation wreaked by super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines resulting in colossal loss of precious lives and damage to infrastructure and property. In this time of immense grief and sorrows, on behalf of all AARDO member countries and on his own personal behalf, he conveyed their deepest sympathies to all those who have lost their dear and near ones due to the fury of typhoon. He prayed to the Almighty to give them the strength to bear this irreparable loss and bestow peace to the departed souls. He expressed the hope that the Government of the Philippines will soon overcome this tragedy by undertaking a massive rescue and relief operation in the affected areas.

AARDO Signs MoU with CIRDAP

African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO), New Delhi, India signed a memorandum of understanding with Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP), Dhaka, Bangladesh at the AARDO headquarters in New Delhi on 20 August 2013. For and on behalf of AARDO, the MoU was signed by Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General and for and on behalf of CIRDAP, the MoU was signed Dr. Cecep Effendi, Director General, CIRDAP. As per Article 1 of the MoU, both the Organizations, among others, will facilitate exchange of information, experiences, views, experts, etc.; organize exposure visits and training programmes in the field of rural development and areas of mutual interests; conduct joint seminars, symposia and workshops, etc.

Sri Lanka Joins AARDO

The esteemed Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka has sent the duly filled Membership Application Form to the AARDO Secretariat on 16 May 2013 to become member of African-Asian Rural Development Organization. Since Sri Lanka had attended the First and Second Sessions of the Afro-Asian Rural Reconstruction Conference held in Delhi and in Cairo in 1961 and 1962, respectively, in compliance with the provisions of AARDO Constitution, Sri Lanka has been admitted as a distinguished member of the Organization with effect from 1st January 2013. With the joining of Sri Lanka, the total strength of full member of the Organization has gone up to twenty-nine, fifteen from Africa, fourteen from Asia as full members and one associate member.

AARDO, the brotherhood of Afro-Asian solidarity, extends a warm and wholehearted welcome to Sri Lanka, for coming into its folds. The joining of Sri Lanka would certainly give a fillip to AARDO in its endeavour to improve the lot of the poor, especially in the South Asian region.

H.E. Dr. Hassan Janabi, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Iraq to the UN Agencies in Rome visits the AARDO Secretariat

H.E. Dr. Hassan Janabi, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Iraq to the UN Agencies in Rome visited the AARDO Secretariat on 27th and 28th May 2013 to discuss with H.E. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, and to arrive at an amicable settlement of the issue of outstanding membership contribution of Iraq. H.E. Dr. Hassan Janabi was accompanied by H.E. Mr. Ahmad Tahsin Berwari, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Iraq to India and Miss Fadwa Abdul Hussain from the Embassy of Iraq.

Based on the two days extensive discussions and after pondering over various options to settle the issue of outstanding contribution, both the parties arrived at a mutually accepted solution. Accordingly, they signed the “Proposed Settlement of Outstanding Membership Contribution of Iraq” on 29 May 2013. The proposed settlement will come into force after the approval by the competent authorities, namely the esteemed Government of the Republic of Iraq and the General Session of AARDO Conference.

The Secretary General, AARDO attends CIRDAP Meetings in Indonesia

At the kind invitation of the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP), Dhaka, Bangladesh, H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO attended the workshop on “South and South Technical Cooperation for Sustainable Rural Development”, and the 28th Meeting of CIRDAP Technical Committee held at Jakarta from 20 to 24 May 2013. During the workshop, H.E. the Secretary General presented a Keynote Paper on “Role of Technology in Rural Poverty Alleviation in Afro-Asian Region”. The Secretary General also chaired one of the Sessions on “Successful Case Studies on Sustainable Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation in CIRDAP Member Countries”.

During his visit to Indonesia, the Secretary General has had the opportunity to meet Mr. Tarmizi A. Karim, Director General, Directorate General of Village and Community Empowerment (DGVCE), Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of Indonesia and briefed him about AARDO’s activities as well as presented him with a set of AARDO publications.

AARDO Expresses Deepest Sympathies on Tragic Accident of Collapse of Rana Plaza in Dhaka

Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO has expressed deepest sympathies to the families of those who had lost their dear and near ones due to the tragic accident of the collapse of the Rana Plaza cluster of industries in Dhaka in the last week of April 2013. In a letter sent to H.E. Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak, MP, State Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh on 7 May 2013, Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin stated that "In this time of immense grief and distress, on behalf of all AARDO member countries and on my own personal behalf, I convey our deepest sympathies to the families who have lost their dear and near ones due to the unfortunate accident. We pray to the Almighty to give them the strength to bear this irreparable loss and bestow peace to the departed souls. My heart goes out to those who are injured and are undergoing medical treatment. I wish them fast and full recovery from the injuries".