Towards a Confederation January 2011

Representatives of the World Agricultural Higher Education Community meet at FAO to move GCHERA to a Confederation

The President of GCHERA, Philippe Choquet, invited the Global Regional University Associations related to Agricultural and Life Sciences (Asia, Africa, United States, etc.) to reflect on the need to organize themselves into a confederation as a prerequisite to address global challenges.

The Representatives of these associations met in Rome under the auspices of the Office of the Exchange of Knowledge, Research and Extension at FAO on January 10 and 11, 2011. The purpose of this meeting was mainly to define and agree upon definitive proposals to move GCHERA to a Confederation of Regional University Associations relating to agricultural and life sciences.

The need for such an organization was supported by the importance of higher education and research in agriculture, in conjunction with the challenges of the 21st century such as:

Food security and increasing world population in a market increasingly globalized

Climate change and its impact on agricultural production

– The global environmental challenges and alternative biomass (in competition with food production)

The delegates signed the following communiqué:

“We the undersigned met in Rome on the 10 and 11 January 2011 to discuss the future development of GCHERA.  We support the proposal that GCHERA should develop as a Confederation of Regional Associations of Higher Education Institutions relating to the Agricultural and Life Sciences.  We agreed the mission of the Confederation is to encourage mutual understanding and global co-operation of the Regional Associations and their institutions in supporting innovation, and providing leadership in education, research and outreach.

We agreed to take back the proposals to discuss within our own organisations.  We encourage the GCHERA Secretariat to promote this development to attract other Regional University Associations to join this initiative.

We agreed that the finalised proposal for change should be put to the GCHERA Executive Committee on 26 June 2011 and to the assembly attending the 7th GCHERA Conference on 29 June 2011 in Beauvais, France.”

Officials of the organizations represented personally committed to discuss this Confederation within their respective associations.

A further validation of this process ws put to the GCHERA General Assembly on the occasion of the 7th world conference of GCHERA, promoted by APLU, ICA, and AGRINATURA and hosted by the Polytechnic Institute LaSalle Beauvais.

The presentations made by the representatives of the regional and national university associations at this meeting are available by clicking on the links below:

  • AAACU: Asian Association of Agricultural Colleges and Universities Dr. Eun Woo PARK – President: presentation
  • ANAFE: African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestory and Natural Resources Education Dr. Aissetou Yaye DRAME – Executive Secretary: presentation
  • APLU: Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Dr. Ian MAW – Vice President, Board of Agriculture: presentation
  • CAC: Central Asia and (South) Caucuses (CAC) Agricultural University Consortium Dr. Alim PULATOV – Head of EcoGIS center: presentation
  • CIS: Rectors’ Council of the Leading Agrarian Higher Education Institutions of Commonwealth of Independent States Dr. Vladimir BAUTIN: presentation
  • EPC of CAASS: Education Professional Committee (EPC), of the Chinese Association of Agricultural Science Societies (CAASS) Dr. Zhimin LIU – President: presentation
  • IAUA: Indian Agricultural Universities Association Dr. Riksh Pal SINGH – Secretary General: presentation
  • ICA: Association for European Life Science Universities Dr. Simon HEATH – Secretary General: presentation
  • AGRINATURA: The European Alliance on Agricultural Knowledge for Development Dr. Didier PILLOT – President: presentation
  • National Consortium of Presidents/Deans of Higher Education for Agriculture, China Dr. Ping WU – Vice President: presentation
  • RUFORUM : Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture Dr. Adipala EKWAMU – Executive Secretary & Dr. Moses Osiru – Deputy Executive Secretary: presentation