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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(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

In cooperation with the ASEAN Secretariat and JA-ZENCHU, IDACA conducted the above-titled training course from July 9, 2019 to July 21, 2019. Participating in this course were 18 people from eight of the 10 member ASEAN countries except Singapore and Brunei.

At JA Shinhitachino “Sora-no-Eki Sorara”

This training course was aimed at having the participants learn primarily about the role of the agricultural cooperat ives in building and implementing Japan’s food value chain and training personnel (coordinators) who can consistently advise and supervise each sector of the food value chain in the production, sales, and distribution of agricultural products, i.e., the creation of a feasible food value chain and a production-distribution-processing-retail system for promoting advantageous sales in ASEAN member countries.

Following a lecture on the overview of Japanese agricultural cooperatives, marketing business, role of food value chain coordinators, farm guidance, and agricultural product quality and safety (GAP, i.e., Good Agricultural Practice), the participants visited Tama Seika Co., Ltd. Like last year, field study visits were conducted in Ibaraki Prefecture, and the participants visited such JAs as JA Namegata, Shiosai, JA Ibaraki Asahimura, and JA Shinhitachino. At JA Namegata, Shiosai, the participants learned about “yaki-imo senryaku (roasted sweet potato strategy),” while at JA Ibaraki Asahimura, they toured melon sorting facilities, and at JA Shinhitachino, they visited the direct sales shop “Sora-no-Eki Sorara” and a yogurt processing facility. At JA ZENNOH Ibar aki Headquarters, the participants visited the Pesticide Analysis Center, Pearl Rice milling plant, and VF Station. At the JA Ibaraki Prefectural Union, there were briefings by the Prefectural Union and the Ibaraki Prefectural Government’s Agricultural Policy Division on the marketing strategy for Ibaraki agricultural products. The participants took the observations and lectures seriously, and individual participants drafted their own action plans. In addition, JA Group Ibaraki hosted an exchange meeting between the participants and the executives and employees of the JA Group, which the participants had visited this time, and being able to interact with the JA’s officials and employees while enjoying the local delicacies of Ibaraki such as Hitachi beef became an invaluable, memorable event for the participants.