INTERNATIONAL/ Regional WORKSHOP / Seminar / Conference/ RoundTable/Forum

"Aquaculture Technology and Industry Development", 17-22 September 2017, Taipei, Taiwan

African-Asian Rural Development Organization, in collaboration with the Council of Agriculture (COA), Government of Republic of China, organized AARDO-ROC Joint international workshop on above title theme at the Taiwan Fisheries Research Institute (TFRI), Taipei during 17-22 September 2017. The objectives of the workshop were to learn Taiwan's development experiences in aquaculture and its biotechnology-related industries; to introduce ornamental fish industry in Taiwan; and to study on marketing of the fisheries products and intelligent aquaculture.

The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Jong-I Hu, Chief Secretary, Council of Agriculture (COA), Government of the Republic of China on 18th September 2017. During the inaugural session, H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO delivered his address. Amongst the guests, Dr. Grace Lih-Tung Lin, Director General, Department of International Relations, Council of Agriculture, Dr. Chen-Te Tseng, Chief Secretary, and Dr June-Ru Chen, Director General of the Fisheries Research Institute (FRI) graced the inaugural session. Besides, some senior officers from COA and FRI also witnessed the opening ceremony. The workshop was attended by 12 delegates from AARDO member countries, namely, Ghana, India, Jordan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Morocco, Palestine, Sri Lanka and Zambia and a special invitee from Turkey.

The workshop consisted of plenary session and field visits. During the plenary sessions, experts delivered their lectures on trends and latest developments in aquaculture and ornamental fish industry; introduction to mariculture; marketing in fisheries and intelligent aquaculture in Taiwan, etc. It was followed by field visits that provided, along with the lectures, an overall view on development of aquaculture technology and industry in Taiwan. Field visits were well arranged covering significant activities and operations that exposed the participants to Taiwan's rich and vast experiences in aquaculture and marine fisheries industry. These exposures could be made possible through visits to the Addiction Aquatic Company (Taipei), Mariculture Research Centre (Tainan), Sea–water Farm, Milk Fish farm and Grouper Farm (Kaohsiung city), and also Tungkang Biotechnology Research, ECOTEK Industrial Aquaculture Corp (displaying Intelligent Aquaculture), Sheng-Diao Aquatic Technology (displaying Tilapia Aquaculture) and JY LIN Trading Company (displaying Ornamental Fish Industry) at Kaohsiung city. The workshop concluded with a set of recommendations for enhanced cooperation for transfer of technology and technical expertise in the area of aquaculture development between Taiwan and the AARDO member countries.


"Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation", 17-21 July 2017, Mulungushi University, Zambia

AARDO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Sport, Youth and Child Development, Government of the Republic of Zambia and the Mulungushi University, Kabwe, Zambia, organised the above titled programme at Mulungushi University during 17-21 July 2017. Twenty three (23) delegates from fifteen (15) members/countries, namely, Bangladesh, Egypt, Ghana, Jordan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Namibia, Palestine, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Zambia, Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC) and one resource person from Pakistan attended the programme.

The inaugural ceremony of the programme was performed on 17th July 2017 by Prof. Hellicy C. Ng'ambi, Vice Chancellor of Mulungushi University in the presence of Dr Manoj Nardeosingh, Assistant Secretary General, AARDO and Mr. Collins M Mulonda, Director, Department of Youth, Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development and Honorary Regional Representative of AARDO for Southern Africa. While welcoming the delegates, Prof. Hellicy Ng'ambi informed that Government of Zambia had put development plans in perspective which, inter alia, emphasized on disaster management. She also wished to continue working with AARDO. The Assistant Secretary General, AARDO also welcomed the participants and expressed his profound thanks to the Mulungushi University, the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development and the esteemed Government of Zambia for their unstinted cooperation and support in successfully organizing the programme. Mr Mulonda welcomed all the delegates to Zambia on behalf of his Ministry and briefly related the collaboration between AARDO, the Zambian Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development and Mulungushi University.

The programme consisted of two parts, viz., the plenary meeting and field visit. During various technical sessions, pertinent issues such as Disaster Risk Reduction: Climate Change and Sustainable Development Nexus; Disaster Risk Reduction: Aims and Practices; Institutional Arrangements and Organizational Structures; Climate Change and Environmental Disasters; Bio-Fuel Feedstock Production and Its Implications for Agricultural Water Use in Zambia; Climate Change & The REDD+ Programme; Role of Technology in Social Development; Climate Change Adaptation & DRR: Experiences from the Field, were addressed by the eminent resource persons and the participants.

The participants were able to visit some of the projects in Zambia and had an opportunity to visit Livingstone. They also interacted with officials and locals in a disaster stricken and less privileged community in Makululu.

The valedictory session was held in Lusaka on 21st July 2017 where participants were felicitated and presented with certificates. On the occasion, closing remarks were delivered by Ms. Agnes M. Musonga, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development, Prof. Hellcy Ngambi, Vice Chancellor, Mulungushi University and Dr. Manoj Nardeosingh, Assistant Secretary General, AARDO. The valedictory session was also graced by Mr. Collins M. Mulonda, Director of Youth and Hon. Regional Representative of AARDO for West Africa.

"Application of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS) in Agriculture Sector", 02-07 July 2017, Cairo, Egypt

AARDO, in collaboration with the Regional Office of AARDO for North and Eastern Africa, Cairo, Egypt, organized Regional Workshop on above titled subject at Cairo, Egypt, during 02-07 July 2017 for Arabic Speaking member countries. The main objective of the workshop was to enhance knowledge of the participants on the concepts and cross cutting issues of remote sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS) in agriculture sector through presentation, discussion and exposure visit.

The programme was inaugurated by the Chief Guest H.E. Dr. Mohamed Abdeltawab, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Government of Arab Republic of Egypt, on 03 July 2017. Besides the inaugural address of the Chief Guest, the function was addressed by the Special Guest H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO and Mr. Mohammad Hassan Rashwan, Regional Representative of AARDO for North and Eastern Africa.

The workshop was attended by twenty (20) participants from Arabic Speaking AARDO member countries, namely, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Sudan, Syria and the host country-Egypt. During the various technical sessions, expert papers and country reports were presented by the resource persons and the participants. The workshop has provided a forum to policy makers, implementers and experts of the member countries to discuss and share their varied experiences on the subject and to come out with appropriate recommendations to overcome challenges. The participants were taken to the Agricultural Research Centre (ARC), Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt in order to get first hand information on remote sensing and GIS projects and institutions.

In the afternoon of 05 July, a panel discussion was held to bring out appropriate recommendations of the workshop. Some of the recommendations which have emerged during discussions were: i) participants felt that there was a need to promote and develop institutions of remote sensing and geographical information system in member countries to provide required information, as early as possible, for taking appropriate and timely decisions; ii) League of Arab States (LAS) may establish a council or an organization on remote sensing and GIS and prepare a map of resources, environment assessment, precision farming, hazard prevention/mitigation, modelling, etc. to cater to the needs of the Arab world and ensuring integration, as per international standards; iii) exchange of experiences and expertise between the Arab and other advanced and experienced member countries; iv) support to projects and research studies to help advancement of remote sensing technologies and geographical information systems and their applications; v) AARDO may provide more support for organizing similar workshops/training programmes in other member countries and provide latest scientific materials through its e-library and uploading on the website.

After the panel discussion, the Valedictory Session was held and accordingly, certificates were awarded to the participants by H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO, and the Chief Guest. The session was also addressed by Eng. Mahmoud El Rafie, former Director General, Egyptian International Centre for Agriculture (EICA) and Mr. Mohammad Hassan Rashwan, Regional Representative of AARDO for North and Eastern Africa.

National Workshop on "Capacity Building of Rural Women Leaders for Livelihood and Skill Development", 07-09 May 2017, Cairo, Egypt

The above titled national workshop was organized by the Regional of Office of AARDO for North and Eastern Africa in Cairo, Egypt during 07-09 May 2017. The main objectives of the workshop were: capacity building and enhancing communication and coordination skills of rural women leaders; creating awareness about socio-economic issues of the community; and enhancing their skills to address issues of the community for their empowerment.

The Inaugural Session of the Workshop was held on 7 May 2017. H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO delivered his inaugural address. The workshop was attended by 30 rural women leaders from various governorates of Egypt. During the different sessions, issues such as child and family development, primary health practices, micro-credit projects, social and community participation, etc. were addressed by the resource persons. The workshop provided an important opportunity to rural women leaders to learn and enhance their knowledge and skills on the subject. An amount of US $2,500 was provided by AARDO towards the organization of this workshop.

16th Asia Pacific Agricultural Policy (APAP) Forum "Enabling Investment for Agricultural Competitiveness and Sustainable Rural Development through Regional Cooperation", 31 August - 1st September 2017, Seoul, R. O. Korea

At the kind invitation of the Hon'ble Chairman, Korea FAO Association & Global Agriculture Policy Institute, Gyeonggi-do, R.O.Korea, His Excellency Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO attended the 16th Asia Pacific Agricultural Policy (APAP) Forum on “Enabling Investment for Agricultural Competitiveness and Sustainable Rural Development through Regional Cooperation”, held in Seoul from 31 August to 1st September 2017.

The Secretary General, in his congratulatory remarks, laid stress on making concerted endeavours to enhance national institutional capacity and regional cooperation in order to create a supportive policy environment for agricultural competitiveness and strengthen rural economy. Further, the lessons learned and a combination of each other's experiences in the market-based approaches will drive the efforts towards strengthened cooperation and regional integration. While in R.O.Korea, the Secretary General met the delegations from some prospective members viz. Lao PDR and Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia and briefed them about the activities and programmes of AARDO for the cause of rural development, as well as the benefits they could derive by joining the Organization. The Secretary General also called on the delegation members of the Philippines and appraised them about the recent decision taken by the AARDO Executive Committee meeting held in Dhaka, Bangladesh in January 2017.

The Regional Office for Far East arranged meeting of the Secretary General with a eight members delegation from Uganda headed by the Under Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, visiting R.O.Korea in connection with Saemaul Undong Movement. During the meeting, the Secretary General explained to them about the Organization and its activities in its member countries, and benefits members are deriving from the Organization.

The Secretary General utilized his presence in Republic of Korea to pay a courtesy call on the Hon'ble Vice-President, KOICA and thanked him on KOICA's decision to organise a new joint training programme with AARDO. The Hon'ble Vice-President lauded AARDO's activities and reposed his faith in continuing KOICA's association with AARDO.

All the meetings were arranged and attended by the Honorary Regional Representative of AARDO for the Far East and officials of the Regional Office.

5th TECHNICAL PROGRAMME COMMITTEE (TPC) OF AARDO

The Fifth Meeting of the Technical Programme Committee (TPC) of AARDO was held in Khartoum, Republic of the Sudan, from 09 to 11 July 2017, at the kind invitation of the esteemed Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Government of Republic of the Sudan.

The TPC consists of the training institutes collaborating with AARDO, Regional Offices of AARDO, and experts in the field of agricultural and rural Development. The TPC reviews the implementation of the Technical Work Programme (TWP) of AARDO for the current triennium as well as discusses the Work Programme for the next triennium.

Eighteen (18) delegates from collaborating training institutions, AARDO's Regional Offices and Special Invitees attended the Fifth TPC meeting. The special invitees, among others, included : Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA), Khartoum, Sudan; Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID); Arab Organisation for Agricultural Development (AOAD); and Ahfad University for Women (AUW). The meeting was inaugurated by His Excellency Mr. Sabri Eldaw Bakhit, State Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Government of the Republic of the Sudan on 9 July 2017 in Khartoum. H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO attended the meeting as the Member Secretary to the TPC.

The TPC reviewed the Technical Work Programme for the triennium 2015-2017 as well as evaluated some training programmes organised at centres of excellence of AARDO. It also examined the draft Work Programme of AARDO for the triennium 2018-2020 along with the suggestions and comments received from member countries on the Work Programme.

The participants of the TPC paid a visit to Women's Self Help Groups in Carary Locality, State of Khartoum, on 11 July 2017 to see the activities of the Community Animators Friends Association (CAFA) working for the cause of rural women.

The closing session of the Meeting was held in the evening of 11 July 2017. H.E. Dr. Badr Edeen Al-Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hassan, Under Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture & Forests graced the closing session as the Chief Guest.