IDACA NEWS

NO.107

Oct. 31, 2016

INTRODUCTION OF NEW TRAINING PROJECT

REPORTS ON TRAINING COURSES

  1. FY2015 ICA/Japan Training Course on Fostering Core Leaders of Agricultural Cooperatives
    Message from a Former Participant
  2. FY2016 JICA Training Course on “Development of Agricultural Cooperatives and Improvement of Management Capacity (A)”
    An Opportunity for Exchanges to Reach Out to Others

REPORTS ON PROJECT OTHER THAN TRAINING COURSES

OVERSEAS BUISINESS TRIP REPORTS

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REPORTS ON TRAINING COURSES

(2) FY2016 JICA Training Course on “Development of Agricultural Cooperatives and Improvement of Management Capacity (A)”

While 17 people from 15 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Latin America regions participated during the current fiscal year, it was the first time in many years for those from Belize, Cuba, and Jamaica in the Latin America region to participate in an agri-coop related training course, and the participants were seen to actively take part in the training course.

Field study visits were conducted in Shimane Prefecture and Hokkaido, where it turned out to be a valuable opportunity for the participants to study agriculture and agricultural cooperatives that had their own characteristics. The participants apparently learned a lot, as they were stimulated by the activities of multipurpose agricultural cooperatives in Shimane Prefecture, including their welfare business, and the marketing business of agricultural cooperatives in Hokkaido that includes the processing business aiming at increasing added value, and activities for promoting local agriculture in collaboration with government institutions in their corresponding prefectures. Although there are disparities in the level of development, the participants firmly commented: “We must first change our way of thinking and attitude toward our work.”

 

An Opportunity for Exchanges to Reach Out to Others

Tetsu Takahashi, former director of JA Iwate Hanamaki


Ms. Tetsu Takahashi (right) with a participant from Thailand

I have been invited to give lectures on JICA’s courses in agricultural cooperatives, training courses for rural women, and the like, that have been implemented by IDACA, but many of the encounters I have had were very fulfilling and valuable experiences.

As I am always busy running around trying to take care of immediate things, it has been difficult for a person like me to give lectures under satisfactory conditions, and I would like to apologize for that. And yet, you participants have listened enthusiastically to my lectures and posed questions, so Iam very grateful about that.

There is always an interpreter during my lectures, and I have always given thought to such matters as where I should build up excitement during my lectures targeting foreigners, what would go over well with them, and whether the interpreter is having a hard time. Nevertheless, I have been helped by good listeners and good interpreters.

The reason that I feel that I have succeeded in reaching out to people from countries that I do not know about and who do not speak my language in an encounter lasting only a few hours is that perhaps we share a common position as people who are trying to understand and develop agriculture, rural areas, and agricultural cooperatives. I am looking forward to a lot of encounters in the future.