NAPA By Laws

Article I. Name of the Organization

The name of the organization shall be Association of Nepalese Agricultural Professionals in Americas. In short it shall be called NAPA.

 

Article II: Introduction and Mission

Article III: Disciplines within the NAPA

Disciplines in Agriculture and Allied Disciplines (being updated)

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Agricultural Economics Agricultural Education and Extension
  • Agroecology
  • Agroforestry
  • Agrometeorology
  • Forage Ecology
  • Forestry
  • Mineral Resources/Mining / Minerology
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Ecology
  • Hydrology
  • Others
  • Farm Management
  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Policy
  • Forest Economics
  • Natural Resource & Environmental Economics
  • Production Economics
  • Agricultural Marketing
  • Food and Consumer Economics
  • Others
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Extension
  • Agricultural Communication
  • Agricultural Leadership
  • Others

 

Social Sciences Research Methods and Agricultural Statistics Food Sciences
  • Rural Sociology
  • Rural Development and Planning
  • Natural Resource Sociology
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Population and Environment
  • Population Dynamics and Environment
  • Sociology of Agriculture
  • Agricultural Resource Sociology
  • Technology Use and Environment
  • Others
  • Biostatistics
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Social Research Methods
  • Others
  • Nutrition
  • Food Security
  • Food Microbiology
  • Meat Science and Technology
  • Food Engineering & Technology
  • Others

 

Animals Science Plant Protection Horticulture
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Breeding
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Fishery/Aquaculture
  • Dairy Science
  • Forage and Pasture
  • Comparative & Veterinary Medicine
  • Others
  • Entomology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Insect Pathology
  • Insect Biology
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Pesticide Technology
  • Nematology
  • Urban and Industrial Entomology
  • Systematic Entomology
  • Vector Biology
  • Others
  • Olericulture
  • Floriculture
  • Pomology
  • Post-harvest technology
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Turfgrass
  • Others

 

Agronomy and Soil Science Agricultural Science and Technology Studies
  • Agronomy
  • Crop/plant physiology
  • Soil Science
  • Plant Science
  • Weed Science
  • Rangeland Management
  • Plant Nutrition
  • Organic Agriculture
  • Biofuel Production
  • Others
  •  Biotechnology
  •  Agricultural & Bio-System Engineering
  • Biomedical Science and Engineering
  •  Plant Breeding and Genetics
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Others

Article IV: Goal and Objectives

I. Goal.

The goal of this organization is to improve the quality of lives of human race by reducing hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.

II. Objectives.

The main purposes of the organization shall include but not limited to:

  1. Promote the improvement, advancement, and progress of agriculture and allied disciplines through state-of-the-art cutting edge scientific research on problems faced by farmers for sustainable livelihoods solutions.
  2. Help generate empirical evidence through scientific and action-oriented research to help formulate informed policy decisions and implement development initiatives in agriculture and allied fields.
  3. Capacity building of farmers and farming communities, stakeholders and agricultural professionals through effective teaching and need-based trainings such as income generation, community development, food security poverty alleviation, and so on.
  4. Foster intellectual discourse among scientists, policy makers, academia, and stakeholders in issues related to agriculture and allied fields to stimulate discussions on environment friendly research in agriculture to identify and implement sustainable initiatives.
  5. Disseminate the results through various outlets such as publication in high standard scientific journals, research and policy briefs, websites and other appropriate scientific outlets.
    Organize seminar, workshop, conferences, and training programs to share and exchange knowledge and ideas for professional development.
  6. Participate in competitive grants locally, nationally, and internationally to conduct research, disseminate sound and environment friendly agricultural practices, improve pedagogy for overall socio-economic improvement.
  7. Raise/generate funds to conduct research, and capacity building trainings, establish scholarships, and provide financial support to build and strengthen individual and institutional capacity of collaborating organizations.
  8. Collaborate with other organizations' in research, training, dissemination and efforts to provide relief measures to affected people in times of need.
  9. Engage in charitable activities.

Article V: Organizational Structure

i) Executive Committee

An eleven members Executive Committee (EC) shall be formed through the NAPA Annual General Meeting (AGM). The EC shall comprise of (Table 2):

Executive Committee positions

SN Position Number
1 President 1
2 Vice-President (VP) 1
3 General Secretary (GS) 1
4 Joint Secretary (JS) 1
5 Treasurer 1
6 Executive Members (EM) 6
Total 11

All eleven members of the EC shall be called ‘Officers.

ii) Terms

There shall be a two-year term for the EC. President shall serve only two terms. However, Officers other than the President may serve up to five terms.

iii) Power of the EC

All property, business, and affairs of the organization shall be managed and controlled by the EC and approved by the AGM.

iv) Vacancies

v) Removal

vi) Salaries and Compensation

vii) Monetary Powers

 

Article VI:  Functions of Executive Committee/Officers

i) President

ii) Vice-President (VP)

iii) General Secretary (GS)

iv) Joint Secretary (JS)

v) Treasurer

vi) Executive Members (EM)

Article VII: Membership

i) Eligibility

ii) Types and Fees

The membership of the organization shall be divided into six categories with the following fee structures (Table 2).

Table 3: Type of membership


SN Type Description Fee (Executive Committee cycle)
1 Regular or General Individuals who hold at least an undergraduate degree in agriculture or allied areas[1] shall meet the requirements of this member category. $50.00 for two year (EC cycle)
2 Student Current students of agricultural and allied areas of studies who are at good standing student’s status shall meet the requirement of this member category. $25.00 for two year (EC cycle)
3 Life Individuals having met regular/general member’s category and pays defined dues at a time shall meet the requirement of this category , $500.00 One time
4 Family Spouse of member of any of the five categories (regular/general, student, life, honorary, and associate), who doesn't hold undergraduate degree in the defined area are eligible to this member category. However, the family member shall not have a voting right. But, EC may assign any duty for NAPA's overall development. $15.00 for two year (EC cycle)
5 Honorary Individuals having outstanding achievement in academic and professional career and contribution to the field of agriculture and allied areas[2] around the globe may qualify for this member category. No fee for honorary member. But they may contribute any amount as per their interest.
6 Associate Interested individuals who do not qualify for 1-5 membership types. However, the member shall neither have a voting right nor be the candidate of the EC. However, they can be Associate Life member. $50.00 for two year (EC cycle) ($500 for Associate Life member)

iii) Membership Issuance and Distribution

iv) Resignation of the Membership

v) Removal/Termination from Membership

[1] See explanation of allied fields under article III.

[2] As per the discretion of the EC.

vi) Renewal of the Membership

Dues shall be levied on regular/general, student, associate and joint/non-voting members on annual basis and shall be payable before the membership expires.
All members who have paid their annual dues shall be considered to be members in good standing.
All rights and privileges of membership in the organization may be terminated for any member who has failed to pay dues or renew membership on time.

Article VIII: Advisory Council (AC)

The EC may appoint an Advisory Council as deemed necessary for a term of two years.

Article IX: Meeting of the EC

i) Regular Meeting

ii) Special Meeting

iii) Voting and Quorum

Article X: Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Article XI: Committees

Article XII: Election Commission

The EC will form an Election Commission of three persons to carry out a fair election of the EC in a democratic procedure. The President will initiate formation of election commission and seek consent and advice of the EC.

Article XIII: Fiscal Year

Article XIV: Amendments

Article XV: Conflicts of Interests

Article XVI: Liquidation or Dissolution

Article XVII: Impeachment Provision

Article XVIII: Adoption of By-laws