The eleventh meeting of the APARIS Steering Committee was held on 13 October, 2012 at the Bioversity International, NASC Complex in New Delhi, India under the chairmanship of Dr. Simon Hearn, Chairman APARIS and Principal Adviser, Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). Five members of the committee and special invitee Dr. Bhag Mal, Consultant, APAARI attended the meeting.
Dr. Raj Paroda, Executive Secretary, APAARI in his address welcomed all the members and appreciated the support by ACIAR, GFAR and FAO to the APARIS program for improving agricultural information and knowledge sharing in the region. He thanked the Bioversity International for hosting the meeting. Dr. Simon Hearn, Chairman welcomed all the members of the APARIS Steering Committee and appreciated their contributions in taking forward the APARIS activities in the region. He highlighted that there is immense opportunity for communications in support of GFAR activities, CGIAR programs, policy-decisions to address ever increasing challenges in agriculture. He opined that APAARI has a crucial role in communicating agricultural information and knowledge in the region through APARIS program. Dr. Simon Hearn observed that communicating with the community is vital for better impact of
agricultural research and it needs different approaches for different sub-regions.