May 15, 2020

IDACA Executive Director’s Inaugural Message


  1. FY2019 JICA Knowledge Co-Creation Program “Establishment and Development of Farmers’ Organizations” Course
    Report from a Former Participant after She Returned to Her Home Country
  2. FY2019 ICA-Japan Training Course on “Empowering Women in Business and Management of Agricultural Cooperatives”
  3. FY2019 Training Course on “Fostering Coordinators of Food Value Chain” under the Project for Supporting Capacity Building in the Agricultural Sector in ASEAN Countries
  4. FY2019 ICA-Japan Training Course on “Fostering Agricultural Cooperatives for Food Value Chain”


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(1) FY2019 JICA Knowledge Co-Creation Program “Establishment and Development of Farmers’ Organizations” Course

Exchange meeting with Master Course students of
JA National Education Center

This training course was newly launched starting this fiscal year. Targeting countries in the early stages of the establishment of agricultural cooperatives, it is aimed at contributing to the promotion of the establishment of agricultural cooperatives in each country and strengthening their organizational capabilities by learning about case examples of organizational initiatives, while observing various organizations in rural areas.

A total of 11 people from 10 countries in Eastern Europe, the Asia Pacific region, and Africa participated in the training course. Field study visits were conducted in Akita and Kumamoto prefectures, and while observing the unique agriculture and agricultural cooperatives in each region, the participants were able to gain a valuable opportunity to learn about organized activities in rural communities through watching the agricultural cooperatives supporting local communities and livelihood as well as engaging in production and marketing activities.

At the end of the training course, reports were prepared on “What farmers, farmers’ organizations, and agricultural cooperatives need” and “What the government (administration) needs.” Taken up in the reports were such matters as “rebuilding an appropriate organization to support farmers’ livelihood,” “creating small organizations such as production groups,” “the importance of leadership able to understand the needs of members of cooperatives,” and “the role of government in creating an environment for fostering and supporting organizations and strengthening sound organizations.”

Report from a Former Participant after She Returned to Her Home Country

A former participant who returned to her home country upon completing her training in July submitted a report in December about her subsequent activities. The former participant is Ms. SHIRIMA Petronila John, Assistant Registrar of Cooperative Society and Head of the Promotion Coordination Section, Cooperative Development Commission, Tanzania Ministry of Agriculture. “We have been making preparations to put what I learned in Japan into action. We will support the organization of cooperatives that will serve as models for supporting rural women in the country.” Below are some examples of the activities

  1. The 1st SME’s Women MADIRISHA Cooperative Awareness Meeting
    The purpose of the conference is to foster awareness of women’s entrepreneurial initiatives for the production and sale of agricultural products through cooperatives. We created a model entrepreneurship organization at this meeting, registered it as a cooperative, and presented ideas for producing and selling various crops. We hope that Japan (IDACA) will provide further support for carrying this out.
  2. As part of the promotion of cooperatives, we held discussions on setting up a joint use facility for agricultural products/food processing by women’s cooperatives.
    The picture on the right is a scene of the meeting and the staff of the executive committee (former training participant at far left)