Seit 2007 ist die International Foundation for Sustainable Development in Africa and Asia (IFSDAA) in der Afrikanisch-Asiatischen Studienförderung e. V. tätig, mit dem Ziel einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung der Landwirtschaft, des Umweltschutzes und der Nahrungsmittelproduktion in Afrika und Asien.
Since 2007, the International Foundation for Sustainable Development in Africa and Asia (IFSDAA) has been part of the Afrikanisch-Asian Studienförderung e. V., with the aim of sustainable development of agriculture, environmental protection and food production in Africa and Asia.
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Agriculture is the key element of world peace, sustainable development, economic advancement and human dignity. This is particularly relevant in developing countries where food shortages and inequities are pronounced. Accordingly, Agenda 21 of the Rio de Janeiro Conference in 1992 emphasized agriculture to promote intra and intergenerational equity. ESSD (please explain) 2002 embarked on accelerating sustainability by implementing actions for reducing poverty and protecting the environment for the posterity. Today more than 840 million people suffer from hunger in Africa, Asia, Latin America and even in Europe and North America. In addition, two billion people suffer from a shortage of water, and have no access to modern energy sources.
With the advent of semi-dwarf high yielding varieties and intensive input agriculture many countries registered a significant increase in food production. Sustainable enhanced food production is required to feed the burgeoning population, particularly in the developing world. This is a rather great challenge for scientists and policy planners as we witness immense pressure on land resources, declining soil health, climate change, global warming, depleting biodiversity and increasing demand for food with limited water and land resources. The target for the scientific community is to halt land degradation, to manage land more responsibly and to reverse the decline in agricultural productivity.
Individuals alone can not provide these answers to all these problems. We must work together to achieve the goal of global sustainability. Agriculture research is critically needed as a means to achieve sustainable resource management and environmentally sound production systems. Agriculture will play an increasingly, essential role at present and in future, not only in food production but also as a producer of bio-fuels and raw materials for the industry. Multidisciplinary approaches will be needed to address the issues relevant to sustainable food production systems, ranging from traditional agriculture to emerging biotechnologies.
As responsible stewards for food security peace and sustainable development for the general benefit of the masses is our commitment for peace. We should focus on our endeavours on unprecedented regional inequities and global pressures.
We, the Global Scouts,
“enthusiasts to shape changes
for a better future”
are committed to humanism and rationality and to the development of global ethics, to achieve peace and socio-economic progress without endangering the living conditions of all of us on our “blue planet”.
Global Scouts particularly call upon the younger generation for initiatives, active participation in an international movement committed to the above mentioned goals. Youngsters rely on the elder generations who have acquired knowledge and wisdom in understanding global interdependencies which are not, or seldom, devoted to the benefit of the poor in many regions, countries or continents while the younger generation have the vitality to implement the local knowledge of the elders. A generation-pact is needed to stimulate the fruitful co-operation of those who are knowledgeable and wise and all those having a vision of a better future of mankind.
The initiators of Global Scouts feel that they have to preserve the global intellectual heritage and have to foster dynamic processes of global ethics adapted to the demands of our endangered situation, due to the man-made and natural catastrophes, wars and man-made epidemic diseases. The Global Scouts Movement for Food Security and Sustainable Development is understood as a forum, not only for discussion, but for tangible results through pragmatic planning and responsible actions.
Through this call to action we solicit support from all those who have the feeling and deep conviction that they can raise their voices and can contribute to an improvement of the human condition without overexploitation of the natural surrounding. We the Global Scouts, request all like minded people to join the movement, try to get sponsors or any kind of other financial support, make your own contribution in terms of ideas and active participation.
The founder members of “Global Scouts for Food Security and Sustainable Development” think that The Afro-Asian Studies Promotion Association (AASF), based in the famous University-town of Göttingen, is the appropriate starting point to launch the initiative.
Ever since this association was founded in 1957, it has developed an international network of qualified academics in many African and Asian countries, with regular and intensive exchanges of ideas. The publications of AASF, the quarterly journal “Afrika-Asien-Rundbrief” and the Yearbook with contributions of scholars from African and Asian countries could be important instruments for the dissemination of knowledge and activity profile of Global Scouts.
The Afro-Asian Studies Promotion Association (AASF) fortunately has, since many years, the financial support of the World University Service (WUS) to hold seminars for students from African and Asian countries in Germany, in view of a preparation of their smooth professional and personal reintegration in their respective home-country. Food Security and Sustainable Development under many diversified aspects were the Association’s concern in the seminars and publications of the last years. These “small-scale” endeavours are useful – of course – but let’s take the initiative for a broader backing. Global Scouts wish to have a paradigm shift to complement the activities of AASF by moving from suggestion to Action "from the local to the global".
• To provide a common international platform for exchange of scientific information( International Conferences, Workshops, Group Discussions etc) on a sustainable agriculture, food security, renewable energy ,global climate change and sustainable development etc and other topical local and global issues.
• To carry out research and development work on sustainable agriculture for Food, Bio-energy , Rural Bio Resources , Livelihood, and sustainable development etc on behalf of government/non-government Agencies in developing countries.
• To honour scientists / academics globally and in particular Africa and Asia for their outstanding contribution in the area of sustainable agriculture, food security, resource management and sustainable Development etc.
• To publish periodically a news letter on Sustainable Agriculture for Food, bio-energy and livelihood Security and Sustainable Development.
The IFSDAA follows the norm for its functioning, "Think. global, act local and be international". As such the membership of IFSDAA is nomination based and merit oriented. Its profile for major activity is resolved into different sections.
• Plant improvement: including genetics, cyto-genetics, plant breeding, physiology, biochemistry etc. of crops, fruit crops, vegetable, flowers, medicinal and aromatic plants and forest plants.
• Plant Protection: including entomology, nematology, plant pathology and agrochemicals etc.
• Resource Management: including Natural Resources like soils, water, environment, meteorology, agro-forestry, rhizosphere, crop production technology, farm machinery, energy, food, dairy and post-harvest technology.
• Biotechnology: including Plant and animal biotechnology, genomics, proteomics, microbial biotechnology, bio-molecules including nano technology etc.
• Animal Sciences Veterinary Sciences: including live stock production, management, breeding, animal diseases, reproduction, aquaculture etc.
• Social Sciences: including civil society, home sciences, nutrition, public health, statistics, economics, extension, research and development management etc.
IFSDAA is a group of enthusiasts interested in harnessing the gains of indigenous and modern technology for the uplift of masses through sustainable development. It would not be out of place to emphasize that the motto of IFSDAA is to serve the un-served people. IFSDAA solicits the fellowship of like minded scientists, development functionaries, policy planners, entrepreneurs, persons from funding agencies and committed lot from among public and private sectors.
The IFSDAA will be a non profit making, non political, non governmental organisation, regulated and governed by unanimously accepted constitution (Guide Lines) by its members as follows:
• The offical address for IFSDAA
International Foundation for Sustainable Developmentin Africa and Asia
c/o African Asian Studies Promotion Association
(Afrikanisch-Asiatische Studienförderung e.V.)
D-37075 Göttingen, Germany
• Scientists, policy planners, entrepreneurs, development functionaries, non governmental organisation etc working globally shall be eligible to be members of IFSDAA. However, the focus countries for IFSDAA activities will be covered under Africa and Asia.
• The one time membership fee will be decided by GB from time to time. The donations will be accepted as per provisions of AASF for the activities of IFSDAA, though independent but under the Umbrella of AASF.
• Also, university students shall be eligible to be Associated Members without voting Rights to serve as Stewards to assist Global Scouts.
• The tenure of EC will be three years.
• The official stationary and Logo of IFSDAA can be used for official purposes alone in a responsible manner by members of Executive Committee with a copy for documentation and records.
• Financial transactions will be through Bank.
• The change in articles/provisions of IFSDAA will be possible with 3/4th majority of votes.
• Likewise any member can be disqualified to be a member of IFSDAA for his/her undesirable activities by 2/3rd majority.
• In case of dissolution of IFSDAA, the saving proceeds will be given to some society with similar objectives and in such an eventuality assets of IFSDAA will not be distributed among members.
• Also, a part of saving proceeds of IFSDAA, as approved by GB, will be contributed to AASF for the facilities used by IFSDAA.
• No member of the EC will be paid honorarium except Treasurer for maintaining financial records/ transactions and clerk for writing and typing proceedings and maintaining records.