REGIONAL OFFICES

Regional Office for the Far East, Seoul, Republic of Korea

  • Encouraged the enrolment of new members to AARDO among eligible member countries by sending invitation letters to the governments of Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam;
  • Conducted a meeting with the former Under Secretary, Department of Agrarian Reforms, and other high official from Government of the Philippines on the updated internal procedure of switching the nodal ministry for the Philippines;
  • Coordinated between KOICA and AARDO to sign the new MoU for initiating a new programme on Sustainable Rural Development to be organised annually in R.O. Korea;
  • Held a meeting with the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, Mongolia to introduce AARDO and the benefits on joining;
  • Held discussions with RC-IEEC to develop the outlines of the course programme on “Sustainable Rural Development” training programme scheduled to be held from 28 October to 18 November 2017;
  • Co-hosted the 2017 Asia Pacific Agricultural Policy Forum (APAP) Roundtable and arranged the 16th APAP Forum held at Seoul, from 31 August to 1 September 2017;
  • Arranged meetings of the Secretary General, AARDO with delegations from prospective member countries/organizations, namely, Lao PDR and Uganda and Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia;
  • Facilitated the participation of Korean participants in various HRD activities organised by AARDO in different member countries;
  • Attended the Fifth Meeting of the Technical Programme Committee (TPC) of AARDO, held in Khartoum, Sudan on 9-11 July 2017; and
  • Published bi-annual FERO E-Newsletters (second half of 2016 and first half of 2017 issues) on AARDO activities implemented in the Far East region.

Regional Office for the Middle East, Amman, Jordan

  • Facilitated the participation of participants from Jordan in various HRD activities organised by AARDO in different member countries;
  • Participated in meetings, workshops, conferences and functions organised by Government institutions and other international organizations;
  • Attended the regional workshop on “Application of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in Agricultural Sector”, held in Cairo, Egypt from 2 to 7 July 2017;
  • Attended the Fifth Meeting of the Technical Programme Committee (TPC) of AARDO, held in Khartoum, Sudan on 9-11 July 2017;
  • Liaised with the concerned authorities in the Government of Jordan for preparing suggestions and comments on the proposed Work Programme of AARDO for the Triennium 2018-2020 and forwarding those to AARDO Secretariat; and
  • Attended the meetings of the Secretary General, AARDO with the Faculty of Agriculture at Jordan University, National Centre for Agricultural Research & Extension, and at the National Centre for Security & Crises Management.

Regional Office for the South and Central Asia, Islamabad, Pakistan

  • Prepared suggestions and comments on the proposed Work Programme of AARDO for the Triennium 2018- 2020 and forwarded to the AARDO Secretariat;
  • Attended the Fifth Meeting of the Technical Programme Committee (TPC) of AARDO, held in Khartoum, Sudan on 9-11 July 2017; and
  • Liaised with the concerned authorities for the organisation of International Workshop-cum-Training programme on “Irrigation System and Water Management”, scheduled to be held later this year and the Regional Workshop on " Disaster Risk Reduction and Management” scheduled to be held on 24-31 October 2017 at AHK NCRD.

Regional Office for the North and Eastern Africa, Cairo, Egypt

  • Organised a regional level workshop on “Capacity Building of Rural Women Leaders” in Cairo during 7-9 May2017;
  • Liaised with the Egyptian International Centre for Agriculture (EICA), Cairo, in the organisation of training programmes;
  • Facilitated the participation of Government of Egypt's nominees in the technical activities of AARDO;
  • Attended the Fifth Meeting of the Technical Programme Committee (TPC) of AARDO, held in Khartoum, Sudan on 9-11 July 2017;
  • Liaised with the concerned officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation and the Ministry of Social Solidarity, Government of Egypt, for organising a regional workshop on “Application of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in Agricultural Sector” in Cairo from 2 to 7 July 2017; and
  • Organized Workshop in collaboration with Egyptian International Center for Agriculture (EICA), Cairo on "Development and Micro Projects" for six officials from Government of Republic of the Sudan during 16-21 September 2017 at the headquarters of the National Authority for Family and Community Development, Cairo.

Regional Office for the West Africa, Accra, Ghana

  • Liaised with the Government of Ghana in sponsoring nominees from Ghana for different AARDO's programmes;
  • Carried out monitoring of on-going development pilot project in Ghana;
  • Updated AARDO HRD beneficiaries Directory; and
  • Submitted a report to the AARDO Secretariat on the activities undertaken in 2016 and planned activities for the year 2017.

Regional Office for the Southern Africa, Lusaka, Zambia

  • Liaised between AARDO and the Government of Zambia and facilitated identification of Zambian candidates and their participation in various AARDO programmes;
  • Attended the Fifth Meeting of the Technical Programme Committee (TPC) of AARDO, held in Khartoum, Sudan on 9-11 July 2017;
  • Monitored and supervised the AARDO-assisted project on “Empowering Vulnerable Communities with Opportunities to Undertake Income Generating Ventures, Intended to Mitigate Poverty and Food Insecurity”, Zambia;
  • Liaised with the concerned authorities in the Government of Zambia and the Mulungushi University on the organization of International Workshop-Cum-Training Programme on “Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation” Mulungushi University, Kabwe, Zambia during 17-21 July 2017; and
  • Arranged meetings of the Assistant Secretary General, AARDO with concerned authorities in the Government of Zambia during his visit to the country in connection with the said International Workshop-cum-Training Programme jointly organised by the esteemed Government of Zambia and AARDO, at the Mulungushi University from 17-21 July 2017. Meeting was also arranged with the Secretary General, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).


New Regional Representatives of AARDO For the West Africa

On the recommendation of the esteemed Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Government of the Republic of Ghana, the Secretary General appointed Mr. Ayarik James Kwame, Principal Development Planning Officer/National Coordinator for the Food Security Programme, as the new Honorary Regional Representative of AARDO for West Africa with effect from 1st August 2017.Mr. Ayarik James Kwame has replaced Mr. Patrick Affum Asumadu, who has been assigned a different schedule in the Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation, Government of Ghana.