Ciudad de México, Mexico – International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences (IAAS) is the largest agricultural student organization in the world based in Leuven, Belgium. IAAS has been established since 1957 and has over 10,000 members spread across four continents, Africa, America, Asia-Pacific and Europe. In order to commemorate the 60th anniversary, IAAS in July 2017 was held a World Congress with the theme “Mexico 360” in Mexico which attended by 60 participants from 19 countries, including Indonesia. The theme “Mexico 360” was appointed with the intention to invite participants in a comparative study of various cycles of production of major agricultural commodities in Mexico, such as wheat, corn, and agave. Not only that, the participants also studied the supply chain of animal feed and livestock products, such as eggs, meat, milk, cheese and others.
In 2016, IAAS Indonesia was honored to host The 59th IAAS World Congress. This year, IAAS Mexico in cooperation with the Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) college, is entrusted to organize The 60th IAAS World Congress which runs for 21 days from July 9 to July 30, 2017 in Mexico. Various series of main events and activities including the General Assembly (GA); Workshop; Industry, Farm and Campus Visit; Trade Fair; Development Fund; Excursion; And City Tour was held in 7 cities, namely Ciudad de México; Pachuca; Querétaro; La Piedad; Guadalajara; Aguascalientes; and Oaxaca.
Six Indonesian students consisting of three Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) students, Azwar A. Sujaswara, Levina Caroline and M. Irfan Fathoni, then Syuga Invicta from Sebelas Maret University (UNS), and two students from Mataram University (UNRAM), Meita Khastin and Rima Avianti was chosen to represent IAAS Indonesia in this World Congress. They took the mission to conduct annual reports on exchange programs, social movements and village concept projects of IAAS Indonesia and Asia Pacific, promoting The 9th IAAS Olympic and The 2nd IYSCA event that will be held in IPB on the next October 2017, supporting the Indonesian candidate in nominating as the next Executive Board of IAAS World, and promoting the Indonesian culture and International Student Mobility programs in Indonesia.
The results of this World Congress are IAAS Indonesia was awarded as The Most Outgoing Exchange Performance and one of the Indonesian delegates, Levina, was elected as Vice President of Communication of IAAS World for the period of 2017/2018. Not only that, other Indonesian delegations also played an active role during the congress. Azwar was selected as the project leader in one of the IAAS New Worldwide Project for this year, the Climate Change Challenge, and two other delegates, Meita, was elected as Vice-Chairman and Rima as Secretary of General Assembly. Syuga is involved and actively contributes in Exchange Program development workshops and Irfan involved in finance topics. It shows the existence of IAAS Indonesia members who are not only able to contribute actively in student organization and youth movements at the national level, but also able to contribute actively at the international level as well.
According to Irfan as the head of the delegation, IAAS World Congress in Mexico is very interesting and the delegates get a lot of insight and applicative knowledges from this series of programs. Besides knowing the social-culture of Mexico, the delegates also have the opportunity to become an audience at The 14th International Congress Holstein de las Americas and interact with the experts in the cattle breeding and dairy industry in Latin America. The delegates also had the opportunity to have visits and comparative studies to International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), both national and multinational leading companies that engaged in agriculture in Mexico, and have a direct dialogue with some local government officials at the region level as well and representatives of Mexican agriculture ministries that known as SAGARPA.
From this World Congress it known that Mexico has applied better agricultural technology and sciences than Indonesia. So, as youth let’s contribute for the better Indonesia especially in agricultural sector!
*Here is some other information related to the implementation of The 60th IAAS World Cogress in Mexico
New Executive Board of IAAS World 2017/2018
New Control Board of IAAS World 2017/2018
IAAS World New Project
The 61th IAAS World Cogress will be held in Croatia (2018)
The 62th IAAS World Cogress will be held in Cote de Ivoire (2019)