League Of Arab States

Arab Organization

for Agricultural Development

Arab Organization for Agricultual Development المنظمة العربية للتنمية الزراعية Organisation Arabe pour le Developpement Agricole


Arab Agricultural Information Network

Arab Agricultural Marketing Network

Arab Regional Epizootics Network

Arab Agricultural Ministries


National Agricultural Research

Arab Agricultural Databases

Arab Agricultural statistics Database

AOAD Library Database

Olive Varieties Database

Arab Palm Dates Database





المدير العام للمنظمة العربية للتنمية الزراعية يدلي بتصريح صحفي حول التحضير لعقد أول اجتماع لشركاء تنفيذ استراتيجية التنمية الزراعية العربية المستدامة

The Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD) was established in 1970, upon the desire of the Arab countries.  Realizing the vital role of agriculture within the region's economy, the Arab countries recognized the  need for coordination between their different policies in agriculture, natural and human resources as well as economic development, in order to achieve the ultimate goal of a fully integrated Arab economies.

  AOAD started operating in 1972.  Due to the abundance of Sudan's natural resources, in particular in agriculture, Khartoum was selected to host the organization's headquarters

  AOAD is one of the specialized Arab organizations, functioning under the umbrella of the League of Arab States.  As such, its members are all the member states of the Arab League.  The organization's goals, stated upon its establishment, are defined on two dimensions: nationally as well as regionally.  At the national level, AOAD is to assist member countries in developing and enhancing their respective agricultural sectors.  At the regional level, AOAD is to facilitate coordination amongst member states in the agricultural sector, with the aim of achieving a fully integrated Arab economy union, and food self-sufficiency.

  Over the past three decades -during the 70s, the 80s, the 90s and at the beginning of the new millennium- AOAD has left footprints and has had a positive impact on the development of agriculture in the Arab region, and within each member state.  This was primarily achieved through ambitious, structured and well-developed plans that took into consideration the agricultural-related as well as agricultural sectors.  Furthermore, these plans were constantly reviewed, evaluated and updated to ensure that they met, and catered to, the regional and international changes which periodically occur.

   At the start of the third millennium, the AOAD member states confirmed, during the 26th General Assembly meeting, the need to further develop AOAD's programs, activities and methodologies in order to better meet the challenges of the upcoming period.  They  emphasized particularly, the need to assist member countries in their national development plans based on their specific needs and priorities.

  Consequently, upon assuming its responsibilities in May 2001, the new Administration closely reviewed the organization's policies, regulation, and work plan in addition to the recommendations and proposals made by the organization's General Assembly and Executive Council.  Accordingly, a plan for the development and modernization of AOAD was set forth, and duly approved, according to resolution no. 2, by the General Assembly in its 27th meeting held in Abu Dhabi, from 28-30, April 2002.   This Development and Modernizing plan is all encompassing in that it includes the justifications, motives and objectives for the changes recommended, the general guidelines to be followed, the ensuing executive and legislative needs with their financial implications and guarantees, as well as a detailed work plan set against a defined timeframe.

  In line with the above, the Administration decided to prepare this introductory booklet to promote AOAD, its objectives, activities and plans for the upcoming period.  Furthermore, this booklet aims at presenting AOAD as the prime Arab consultancy firm in the field of agriculture, and a major coordinator between Arab, regional and international organizations.  Indeed, these two functions are considered of prime importance in the upcoming period.  

  We hope that this booklet will prove useful to those interested in the work of AOAD, and will assist in further strengthening linkages between this organization and its counterparts in the Arab region.

Dr. Salem Al Lozi

Director General