IDACA NEWS

NO.101

July 15, 2014

Toward the New Fiscal Year

THE EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

REPORTS ON TRAINING COURSES

  1. FY2013 ASEAN Training Course on Capacity Building
  2. FY2013 JICA Training Course on “Planning of Agricultural Policy”
  3. FY2013 ICA/Japan Training Course on “Revitalization of Local Communities by Rural Women”

REPORTS ON
ON-SITE SURVEYS

  1. Participation in Circuit Seminars in Russia
  2. Current Situation of Zambia and Vitalization of Farmers’ Organizations

REPORTS ON VISITORS TO IDACA

Editor’s Note

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REPORTS ON TRAINING COURSES

(3) FY2013 ICA/Japan Training Course on “Revitalization of Local Communities by Rural Women”

Commissioned by ICA, IDACA conduct-ed a topical training course at supporting the development of rural women leaders who play an important role in revitalizing local communities. Participating in the training course held between September 23 and October 18 were 11 women from eight Asian countries including government administrators and co-operative officials and employees.

After attending lectures at IDACA on such matters as agricultural cooperative organizations, women’s organizations, and entrepreneurial activities by rural women, the participants visited JA Akigawa located in the vicinity of Tokyo and actually observed activities conducted on site. They also conducted an exchange meeting with the members of the JA Women’s Association using an article titled “Yukata no Kitsuke or wearing Japanese sum-mer clothes” in the “Ie-no-Hikari” magazine. During this event, the Japanese women helped the participants put on yukatas. It turned out to be a pleasant surprise for the participants, as they received the yukatas as gifts.

Field study visits were conducted in Kyoto. The participants visited JA Kyoto Chuo-kai (Kyoto Prefectural Union of Agricultural Cooperatives), JA Kyoto Yamashiro, JA Kyoto, JA Kyoto Ninokuni, among other places. They held exchange meetings with members of the JA Women’s Association that were distinctive of Kyoto such as hands-on experience in making braids, tea pouring class, beanbag making, and a cooking class using Kyoto vegetables.

The heart-warming hospitality of JA officials and members of the JA Women’s Association went over the language barrier, moving the participants emotionally and leaving them with a very good impression of Japan.

All the participants renewed their determination to use the knowledge and experiences they gained through this training course to help improve the lives and status of rural women in their own countries.