INTERNATIONAL/ REGIONAL WORKSHOP - CUM - TRAINING PROGRAMME / FOrUM
International Workshop-cum-Exposure Visit on “Potential of Sericulture and Silk Industry for Employment and Income Generation in AARDO Member Countries”, Mysore, India, 11-16 April 2016

The above titled programme was jointly organised by AARDO and the International Sericultural Commission (ISC), Bengaluru in Mysore on 11-16 April 2016. The Programme was attended by 14 participants from eight AARDO member countries, namely, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iraq, Malaysia, Nigeria, Palestine, Republic of China (Taiwan) and Sudan. In addition, participants from Kenya, Vietnam and Uzbekistan attended the Programme on the kind invitation of ISC. The participant from Turkey was invited by AARDO through D-8 Organization.

The Programme was inaugurated by the Secretary General, AARDO on 12 April 2016. There were eight presentations, including Keynote presentation, by renowned resource persons, which succinctly focused on strategies for adoption of appropriate innovations and technologies for the development of sericulture in African-Asian countries, need for establishing post-cocoon facilities for the introduction of sericulture industries in African-Asian countries, etc. Besides, country reports were presented by all the country participants.

In order to arrive at appropriate recommendations of the Programme, the participants were divided into three groups with each group assigned a specific topic to deliberate upon and give its recommendations. The groups had extensive discussions and gave their recommendations, which were presented and adopted at the Closing Session of the Programme on 14 April 2016.

As a part of the Exposure Visit, the participants visited the laboratories of Central Sericultural Research & Training Institute (CSR&TI), Ramanagara Cocoon Market (Asia’s largest cocoon market), Central Silk Board, Silkworm Seed Production Centre, Central Silk Technological Research Institute (CST&RI) and other relevant institutions during 14- 16 April 2016 and observed at close quarters the various activities from soil to silk, including weaving, dyeing, designing, testing, packaging, etc.

International Workshop-cum-Training Programme on “Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation”, Mulungushi University, Kabwe, Zambia, 9-13 May 2016

The above titled International Workshop cum Training Programme was organized by AARDO in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development, Government of the Republic of Zambia at Mulungushi University, Kabwe during 09- 13 May 2016. The main objective of the programme was to enhance the knowledge of the participants on the concepts and critical issues of disaster management and mitigation through presentation, discussion and exposures visits. The specific objectives of the programme were to: i) define disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation concepts and methodology; ii) identify roles of various stakeholders in DRR/CCA activities; and iii) share experiences in disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.

The programme consisted of two parts, viz., the plenary meeting and field visit. During various technical sessions, pertinent issues were addressed by eminent resource persons and the participants. The field visits to Makululu Township, Agricultural Income Generating Projects (Livestock and Poultry), Kabwe and Victoria Falls, Livingstone, provided an excellent opportunity to the participants to study and learn from the rich and varied Zambian experiences and heritage.

The programme was attended by thirty-one (31) government officials, resource persons and special invitee from eighteen (18) members countries/corporation, namely, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Republic of China (Taiwan), Ghana, India, Iraq, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Palestine, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Zambia and the Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC), the associate member of AARDO.

Asia Pacific Agricultural Policy (APAP) Roundtable Meeting on “Sustainable Management of Water Resources for Agriculture and Food Security”, Beijing, China, 20-22 April 2016

The Far East Regional Office of AARDO (FERO), in collaboration with Korea FAO Association, Global Agricultural Policy Institute and Renmin University of China, hosted the 2016 Asia Pacific Agricultural Policy (APAP) Roundtable Meeting on “Sustainable Management of Water Resources for Agriculture and Food Security” at Beijing, China during 20-22 April 2016. Forty-seven (47) experts from 15 countries and 10 international organizations, such as FAO and UNCCD participated in the Roundtable meeting and exchanged cross-sectoral knowledge and experiences.

The presentations on sustainable water resource management for climate change in agriculture were delivered from global, regional, and country perspectives followed by interactive discussions. Dr. J. S. Samra, Former CEO of National Rainfed Area Authority, India,deputed by AARDO, presented his paper on the current status of water resource management in India and its efforts in water governance through pricing policies of water and energy and highlighted the importance of smallholder irrigation based on groundwater and small surface water storage structures to ensure sustainability in water resource management in India.

The participants agreed upon the necessity of establishing an integrated mid-long term water resource management framework at the national and international level by enabling collaborative efforts for dealing with multi-dynamic water issues. The participants also emphasized on Public Private Partnership (PPP) and recommended it as an effective tool for achieving sustainable comprehensive water management.

The outcomes and suggestions of the Roundtable will be further developed in the forthcoming 15th APAP Forum scheduled to be held on 8-9 September 2016 at Seoul, R O Korea under the theme : “Sustainable Management of Land and Water Resources for Agriculture and Food Security”.

15th APAP Forum on “Sustainable Management of Land and Water Resources for Agriculture and Food Security” Seoul, R O Korea, 7- 9 September 2016

The Regional Office of AARDO for Far East (FERO), Seoul, Republic of Korea, in collaboration with Asia Pacific Agriculture Policy (APAP) Forum and Korea FAO Association, organized the 15th APAP Forum on 29-30 September 2016 at Seoul.

The Forum focused on the following two sub-themes:

  • Alternative future production systems with sustainable management of land and water resources for agriculture and food security
  • Public private partnership and appropriate trade policies for sustainable use and management of land and water resources for agriculture and food security
The forum was attended by a number of luminaries and experts on the subject from various Asia Pacific nations including Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Cambodia, Lao PDR and the host country R O Korea who deliberated on various aspects of sustainable management of land and water resources for agriculture and food security in the region. AARDO made its presence at the Forum through two of its experts, namely, Dr. Arvind Mayaram, Former Finance Secretary, Government of India, and Dr. M.S. Bhatt, Former Chairma, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. Sharing his expertise and experiences, Dr. Arvind spoke on “PPPs for More Efficient and Accountable Management of Input and Output Markets” while Dr. Bhatt delivered his paper on “Operational Rules for Sustainable Use of Land and Water Resources in Asia Pacific Countries-Precursor to PPP Model”. The Forum meetings concluded with a and commitment to continue the endeavors towards agricultural development through regional integration.

REGIONAL LEVEL COLLABORATIVE PROGRAMME

Training Programme for African Professionals on “On-Farm Water Use and Management”, Cairo, Egypt, 17-27 April 2016

The training programme for African Professionals on above title subject was organized in collaboration with the International Commission for Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) at 6th October City, Egypt during 17-27 April 2016. The training programme aimed at providing participants from Africa with broad understanding of various issues pertaining to irrigation management for crop production at farm level and enhancing agriculture water productivity. The training course was especially designed to cover various aspects of on-farm water use and management and included the following main topics: i) Status of irrigated agriculture in Africa and challenges faced at the regional level; ii) Irrigation and drainage at farm level; iii) Advanced tools and technologies for water saving in irrigated agriculture; and iv) Multi-disciplinary aspects of irrigation water management.

The programme was attended by four (04) young professionals, one each from Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria and Sudan. It is worth mentioning that these young professional (YP) trainee were also given the opportunity to attend the 4th African Regional Conference on Irrigation and Drainage (ARCID) held in Aswan City, Egypt during 26-28 April 2016.

As per the arrangements, AARDO provided both ways economy class air tickets to all the four participants and the host Institution (ICID) met the expenses on local hospitality such as board & lodging, local transportation, etc.

Regional Workshop on “Promotion of Micro- Enterprises for Sustainable Livelihood in Rural Areas”, Islamabad, Pakistan, 22-28 August 2016

The above Regional Workshop was organized by AARDO, in collaboration with the Establishment Division (Prime Minister’s Office), Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Regional Office of AARDO for South and Central Asia, at AHK National Centre for Rural Development (AHKNCRD), Islamabad, Pakistan during 22-28 August 2016. The main objectives of the workshop were:
  • to review the programmes, strategies and practices being carried out in developing countries in view of the promotion of micro- enterprises for sustainable livelihood in rural areas;
  • to enable the participants to have insight of the small and micro enterprises concept, approaches and programmes; and
  • to provide a forum to share knowledge, ideas, experience with the delegates and formulate an action plan for sustainable rural livelihood.
The workshop was attended by 19 participants from 09 AARDO member countries, namely, Bangladesh, India, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Sudan and the host country Pakistan. Besides, one participant from AARDO prospective member country, namely, Azerbaijan attended the workshop.

The programme was immaculately well designed and covered practically all facets of Micro-Enterprises in the rural context. Eminent resource persons had professionally conducted interactive sessions, which exposed the participants, inter alia, to the Micro Credit Programme and support available in Pakistan through NRSP, AHKUWAT, SMEDA and other institutions. The participants had also an opportunity to interact with a few beneficiaries of support programmes and to better appreciate the mechanism and impact of some existing support schemes and mechanisms in Pakistan. The programme has attained its main objectives by enabling participants to share different models and case studies in their respective countries and grasping successful policies, strategies, programmes and best practices in the field of micro-enterprises support for sustainable livelihood in rural areas.

The valedictory session was held on 27 August 2016 and attended by Dr. Manoj Nardeosingh, Assistant Secretary General, AARDO as the Chief Guest, who also gave away certificates to the participants. Mr. Fayyaz Aslam, Acting Director General and Mr. Mubasshir Zaman Khan, Assistant Director, AHKNCRD also attended the session.