Member Services

 

Member Service

Membership Benefits: AAAPD members have a great opportunity to play a direct role in the development of the African continent. Members achieve this through direct participation in a wide range of Association activities including the following:

  • Engaging with African institutions in agricultural education, research and extension, analysis, information dissemination, and networking;
  • Participating in activities that promote training in agriculture and related sciences in secondary and tertiary institutions such as enhancing curriculum  development,    serving as instructors, and conducting collaborative research in cooperation with compatriots in Africa;
  • Pursuing professional development opportunities including sabbatical and research opportunities in Africa;
  • Conducting collaborative mission oriented and problem solving research in Africa in cooperation with African counterparts;
  • Serving as editorial experts, and developing information dissemination, including the launching of research and extension journals as vehicles for knowledge, technology transfer, and commercialization;
  • Serving as resource persons and technical experts for smallholder farmers;
  • Participating as AAAPD representatives in regional and continental institutions such as the African Union (AU), The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), Southern African Development Community (SADC), The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), inter alia, to influence policy direction in agricultural development towards promoting sustainable livelihoods;
  • Serving on various Standing Committees of the Association;
  • Attending workshops, conferences, and seminars organized by the Association.

Membership Eligibility: Membership of the Association shall be open to all African agricultural professionals and others in Diaspora, as well as any individual or entity interested in the purpose of the AAAPD. Membership of the Association shall be acquired in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution and by paying dues as prescribed.

Members Categories. The classes of membership in the Association shall include: a) Individual membership; b) Associate membership; c) Student Membership; d) Family membership; e) Retired Membership; f) Honorary membership; g) Friends of Africa; h) Institutional membership; i) Sustaining Membership; and such other classes as may be established by the AAAPD Board of Directors. The conditions for each class of membership shall be prescribed in the by-laws.

Individual Member: An individual in the African Diaspora who is interested in AAAPD and its aims and objectives. Individual members shall have the full rights and privileges of membership and are eligible to vote and to hold office in the Association.  Membership dues: $25 

Associate Member:  An individual based in Africa who is interested in AAAPD and its aims and objectives. Associate members shall have the full rights and privileges of membership and are eligible to vote and to hold office in the Association. .  Membership dues: $10 

Student Member: A person who is a student currently enrolled in a recognized academic institution who does not hold an academic appointment and who is interested in interested in AAAPD and its aims and objectives. Student members must become Members when eligible or be dropped from membership. Individuals may be classified at the Student level for no more than 8 years. The Student Member shall have all the rights and privileges of membership but shall have no vote. .  Membership dues: US/Canada/Europe $10;  Africa: $0.00 

Family Membership: Any two adults in the same household shall be eligible for full membership in the Association. However, in the event of publications, they may only receive one set of publications. .  Membership dues: $45 

Retired: A person who has been a member of the Association in good standing for at least 25 years and no longer works on a full-time basis for remuneration. The Retired Member shall have all the rights and privileges of membership.  Membership dues: $25 

Honorary Membership: The Association and Divisions may elect as Honorary Members persons who are not members of the Association. Honorary Members shall normally be selected on the basis of the candidate’s significant contribution to, or support of, AAAPD aims and objectives. One Honorary Membership may be bestowed each year by unanimous recommendation of the three most recent living Past Presidents of the Association. Such Honorary Members shall have all the rights and privileges of membership. .  Membership dues: $0.00

Friends of Africa: Any individual or professional (not from Africa) who is interested in participating in the development of Africa.  Membership dues: $25 if based outside Africa, $10.00 is based in Africa 

Institutional Membership: Any educational institution, research institution or centre, government agency, or industry engaged in African economic development shall be eligible for membership in the Association, subject to their credentials being acceptable and subject to the limitations of constitution of AAAPD. On payment of Institutional dues, each institution will be entitled to one membership within the Association, subject to the limitations of the constitution of AAAPD.  Membership dues: $100 

Sustaining Membership: Sustaining members shall be companies, organizations or persons who are interested in the objectives of AAAPD. Sustaining Membership provides organizations and corporations the opportunity to partner themselves with AAAPD in support of African agricultural development. Sustaining members are entitled to special services as determined by the AAAPD Board of Directors. Sustaining members are classified in terms of their donations to AAAPD as defined in the categories below:

 

  1.  Gold Sustaining Membership: $10,000. This category has the following benefits: The company or organization shall designate three individuals from within the company or organization to receive Memberships with full benefits;
    1. Free exhibit booth at the AAAPD Annual Meeting
    2. Company profile printed in all AAAPD publications, conferences, workshops, and brochures, and major announcement
  2.   Silver Sustaining Membership: $5,000. This category has the following benefits:
    1. The company or organization shall designate two individuals from within the company or organization to receive Memberships with full benefits;
    2. $500 discount on exhibit booth at the AAAPD Annual Meeting
    3. Company profile printed in all AAAPD publications, conferences, workshops, and brochures, and major announcement

 

3.      Sustaining Membership: $2,000. This category has the following benefits:

    1. The company or organization shall designate one individual from within the company or organization to receive Memberships with full benefits;
    2. $350 discount on exhibit booth at the AAAPD Annual Meeting Company profile printed in all AAAPD conference announcements

 

Membership Application. All applications for individual membership shall be approved by the Membership and Recruitment Committee on a periodic basis. New members may immediately receive a probationary membership upon submission of application and payment, and will become official members upon review of their application.

 Activation of Membership. Any individual eligible for membership under the Constitution and Bylaws and whose membership credentials have been found acceptable shall become a member of the Association. Applications may be approved by the Membership and Recruitment Committee on a periodic basis. New members may immediately receive a probationary membership upon submission of application and payment, and will become official members upon review of their application.

 Resignation of Members. Any member may at any time file his or her resignation in writing with the Office of the Association, which resignation shall become effective as of the date received by the office.

 Suspension, Termination, or Inactivation. The executive board may terminate the membership of any member for any other reasonable cause shown.

  1. Membership may be terminated automatically by a member upon delivery of a formalnotice of resignation to the Executive Director.
  2. Membership is temporarily inactivated after 90 days of non-payment of dues.
  3. Members on the inactive list shall not be entitled to member entitlements and will not receive publications of AAAPD4.7.4 As a courtesy, members on the inactive list will continue to receive email announcements about AAAPD activities, but only at the discretion of the AAAPD Board of Directors which reserves the right to terminate this service as it deems necessary.

 

Rights. Rights of membership shall not be affected if a member is excused from paying dues.