AIARD mobilizes support for international agriculture and rural development programs by:
- Increasing awareness of the instrumental role of agriculture in global development
- Informing policy makers, donors and institutions about effective strategies to advance agriculture and rural development in the global economy
- Improving relationships between agriculture and rural development efforts to promote a sustainable global society (e.g., natural resources, health and nutrition, child survival, HIV/AIDS, gender, democratization)
- Promoting interaction and cooperation among organizations engaged in international development
Background & Rationale
AIARD's membership is unique in its breadth and depth and works with a wide range of individuals and institutions to accomplish its shared mission and objectives. AIARD includes development professionals with a vast range of experience and skills from a diverse community of universities, private voluntary organizations, commercial firms, trade associations, governmental and donor agencies, and foundations in the United States and overseas. The membership has extensive development experience in all regions of the world and regularly interacts to discuss issues and approaches. Such breadth and depth of membership in a variety of disciplines, organizations, and geographic regions makes AIARD an excellent focal point to provide credible, well-informed information on current and emerging issues concerning global poverty, food security, and related environmental matters, particularly as they relate to international agriculture and rural development.