As enshrined in the Constitution, the Functions of AARDO are :

  • To develop understanding among members for better appreciation of each other's problems and to explore opportunities for collaboration of efforts for sustainable agricultural and rural development;

  • To collaborate with the appropriate international and regional organizations, including UN agencies, the national bodies, governmental or non-governmental, both in the developed and developing countries, for purposes of taking action to accelerate agricultures and rural development in the member countries;

  • To hold international and regional conferences, seminars, workshops and meetings to facilitate exchange of ideas and experiences among the member countries and to identify new areas of collaboration;

  • To organize and facilitate the conduct of international, regional and in-country training programmes to strengthen the institutional capacity of Afro-Asian member countries in sustainable agriculture and rural development and promote networking among these countries through exchange of views, experiences and good practices;

  • To initiate research and action research studies of specific or common interest and disseminate disaggregated data/statistics and information to member countries;

  • To provide technical and financial support to its member countries to undertake pilot projects for experimentation and replication;

  • To serve as a clearinghouse and data bank for communication and information on agriculture and rural development and promote dissemination of such information through multi-media approach; and

  • To pursue environment and climatic changes in the context of rural development.