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

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REPORTS ON ON-SITE SURVEYS

(1) Participation in Circuit Seminars in Russia

Hiroshi Terunuma
Cooperative Development Consultant, IDACA

I visited Russia between July 1 and July 12, 2013 to participate as a lecturer from Japan in circuit seminars on the experiences of Japanese agricultural cooperatives held under the auspices of the Japan Center in Russia (Moscow and St. Peters-burg).

The seminar was held in Lipetsk Oblast, Krasnodar Krai, Stavropol Krai, and St. Petersburg (Leningrad) Oblast. After the revolution in 1992, Russia dismantled kolkhozy (collective farms) and sovkhozy (state farms) that accounted for the most part of agricultural production and pushed forward privatization.

Currently, foreign-funded supermarkets are actively making inroads into Russia, and the imports of fruits and vegetables have increased. A new Agricultural Cooperatives Act went into effect in 1995, but the kolkhoz-era structure in which some farmers concurrently serve as members of agricultural cooperatives (landowners) and as employees of agricultural cooperatives still remains. Many people apparently fail to accurately understand the new image of agricultural cooperatives (in Russia) and also do not have an accurate understanding of agricultural cooperatives in developed countries.

The participants actively exchanged opinions during each seminar, expressing their strong intentions to study agricultural cooperatives in other countries, find the right kind of organization, management and business style for their countries, and put them into action.