AIARD Newsletter-December 2015
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Message from the President

As 2015 draws to a close, I am pleased to report on our Association’s accomplishments since our Annual Conference in June.
  • This fall we developed a new membership recruitment piece, “Why Join AIARD?” which was distributed to all who attended the World Food Prize and the International Agriculture Section event at the APLU annual meeting.
  • 20 AIARD members attended the October World Food Prize Borlaug Forum in Des Moines.
  • AIARD organized a national advocacy campaign that succeeded in restoring World Bank grant support for the CGIAR system to $30 million annually (the World Bank had planned to phase out support for the CGIAR over a three year period).
  • Detailed planning is well underway for our 2016 Annual Conference, June 5-7, 2016, in Washington, DC. Our conference theme is “From the Ground UP: Generating Meaningful Local Solutions.”  Read more about the conference in this newsletter.
  • The FLF Scholarship Fund has grown to $32,000 - a third of the way to our $100,000 goal;. Details are included in this newsletter on how to make a tax-deductible contribution online today
  • AIARD is now posting job openings both on our listserv and  in our new members-only LinkedIn group. FLF alumni are helping develop a job recruitment strategy that will include a job fair at our annual conference.
  • A small team of AIARD members has begun preparing a White Paper on critical issues in international agriculture and rural development to be shared with the incoming U.S. Administration.
Dick Rortvedt, AIARD President

Support the Next Generation of Leaders

Help AIARD reach our goal of $100,000 to establish a sustainable source of funding for current and future scholarship recipients. Make your year-end, tax-deductible donation to the Future Leaders Forum Scholarship Fund


2016 AIARD Annual Conference

The focus of this year's annual conference is From the Ground UP: Generating Meaningful Local Solutions. We're pleased to announce CIAT Director General Ruben Echeverria will be our keynote speaker for the conference. The conference planning team is working hard to create sessions on translational research, meaningful collaborations and barriers to establishing local solutions. Lightning talks will return in 2016, with the theme of Change Agents-stay tuned for a call for proposals in early 2016. Registration, hotel and other conference information will be available soon on the AIARD website.

AIARD Member and Partners Updates

Introducing Innovative Agricultural Methods in Sri Lanka | Chemonics
Dietary Diversity & Biofortification: Closer Than You Think | Harvest Plus
Project aims to improve food security by enhancing gender aspects of ag research | Penn State
Institutional Capacity Building of Public Extension Impacts Farmers in Northern Ghana | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/MEAS
Resources for Higher Education in International Development  | APLU
Online Global Learning in Agriculture Conference | Penn State


Members Only Linked In Group

You spoke, we listened. You wanted a space for current AIARD members to be able to interact, post jobs and have discussions, so we have launched a new AIARD Members Only LinkedIn Group. If you are a current, dues paid AIARD member, you should have recieved an invitation to join the group (to the email address tied to your membership).

Not seeing an invite? Join the group here.

AIARD Members at
World Food Prize

AIARD membere were well represented at the World Food Prize held in October in Des Moines, Iowa. Pictured below are a few of our member who participated in the reception hosted by the University of Missouri.

2016 AIARD Award
Nominations Now Open

Members of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) are asked to nominate candidates for the AIARD awards for these categories: a) Distinguished Service, b) Special Service, and c) Young Professional. Nominations are made by submitting electronically (i) a letter of nomination, (ii) 3-5 support letters from objective individuals, and (iii) a one-page biographical/professional statement that includes complete information for contacting the nominee. 

Nomination packages should be submitted to by Friday April 29th, 2016 (Please note that this date cannot be extended)

See a list of past award winners here.

Penn State Supports AIARD Memberships for Dual-Degree Students

The Office of International Programs at Penn State University will sponsor AIARD memberships for students currently enrolled in the International Agriculture and Development (INTAD) dual-title degree program.  The leadership of the College of Agricultural Sciences believes that the mission of the AIARD organization fits well with the programmatic goals of the INTAD program, and appreciate the professional development opportunities the organization provides for students including the Future Leaders Forum.


The INTAD dual-title program currently has an enrollment of 26 students from five primary disciplines in the College of Agricultural Sciences.  The INTAD program was created in 2011, and since that time several INTAD students have participated in the Future Leaders Forum, including Sarah Eissler, last year's recipient of the Future Leaders Forum Scholarship.  Penn State encourages other universities to support the involvement of their students in AIARD.

What a great idea Penn State...what would happen if every AIARD member were to give the gift of AIARD membership to a student? 

New Career Networking
Working Group

Former AIARD President, Deanna Behring, is leading an initiative to bring career networking opportunities to AIARD.  If you have ideas or would like to join in the discussion, please contact Deanna at  

We also encourage members to share job listings from their organization in our AIARD Members Only Linked-In Group.
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