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May31, 2010

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We, at International Cooperative Alliance-Asia and Pacific (ICA-AP), express our warm greetings and take pride in acknowledging
IDACA°«s significant contributions to agricultural cooperatives in Asia.
During nearly five decades of its dedicated services to Agricultural Cooperative Movement in the region, IDACA has grown from strength to strength. It has provided a unique opportunity to cooperative leaders and managerial personnel to draw upon and share experiences and perceptions of Japanese Agricultural Cooperatives. Jointly implemented by ICA-AP and IDACA, projects on (a) Agricultural Cooperative ManagementTraining; (b)
Dr. Chan Ho Choi
Regional Director,
ICA Regional Office for
Asia and the Pacific

Rural Women Leaders Training Program; and (c) Training Course on Capacity Building for Marketing for the last 24, 19 and 4 years respectively with the support of MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry°°and Fisheries) are shining examples of collaborativestrategies for strengthening agricultural and rural cooperatives followed by both°°institutions. However, in this context, support of MAFF and Japanese Agricultural  CooperativeMovement deserve our wholehearted appreciation.
 We hope this support will expand in thefuture, as well.
 The Institute for the Development of AgriculturalCooperation in Asia (IDACA) was established on July 8, 1963, by Central Unionof Agricultural Cooperatives (JA-ZENCHU) with funds raised from among agricultural
cooperatives in Japan and with the support ofthe Government of Japan. The Institute,established on the basis of the recommendationsof the 1st Asian Agricultural Cooperative Conference held in Tokyo in April 1962,imparts training to overseas agricultural cooperators.

Over the years, the range of the IDACA'sinternational assistance has been expandedfar and wide, beyond Asia, to now include Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa,former Soviet Republics and Europe. Among
the countries which started sending personnel to this institute in these years are Romania, Armenia, Latvia, Russia, Tajikistan andUzbekistan.
 IDACA annually holds 10 to 12 courses,each for about 10 to 20 participants, for a period of one to two months on average. A number of the courses are organized and managed by the IDACA on its own initiative,
while some of the other courses are held on behalf of JICA and still others held jointly by IDACA and international organizations such as ICA and AARDO. Each course consists of classroom lectures and study visits.
 During the last 47 years, IDACA hastrained more than 5,300 participants mainly from Asia from 109 countries drawn from agricultural cooperative movements and governments from different countries. It has
achieved collaboration on technical assistance programs with the ICA-AP.
 Currently, amid their facing various challenges, agricultural cooperatives in Japan are car rying out act ivit ies based on °»sustainable family farming,°… °»stable supply of domestic foods,°… and °»promotion of consumption of farm products in areas near where they are produced,°… among other things. Meanwhile, amid their facing their own challenges, other countries are also making efforts to overcome those challenges.
 As such, the situation of agriculture and agricultural cooperatives in these countries are diverse. In this way, it has become impor tant for par t icipant s t o bet ter understand the necessity of coexistence
between diverse forms of agriculture in the world and the agricultural cooperatives that are based on them.
I wish IDACA all the success in the years to come.