IDACA NEWS

NO.93

April 1, 2011

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REPORTS ON TRAINING COURSES / SEMINARS

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REPORTS ON TRAINING COURSES / SEMINARS

1st ICA/Japan Training Project for Capacity
Building for Marketing

The 1st training course of the ICA/Japan training project for “Capacity Building for Marketing” for the current fiscal year (FY2010) was held from July 26 to August 19 with 18 participants from ASEAN member countries including Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The current fiscal year will be the final fiscal year for the project, which began in 2006 as a part of the “Japan-ASEAN Farmers’ Partnership Project.” In addition to lectures on the introduction of projects with emphasis placed on the JA’s organization and marketing, the mechanism of distribution of agricultural products, and efforts toward securing the safety and reliability of agricultural products, study visits were conducted for four days and three nights in Gunma Prefecture. Through visits to JA Tone Numata and JA Oura Tatebayashi, the participants learned about the practice of marketing, includingjoint shipping and direct sales.

Useful Training for the Co-operatives and Farmers in the Region

The course methodology and contents were thoughtfully designed by experts to fulfill the requirements of the participants. The emphasis was to get the participants to know how the Japanese agriculture marketing system works and what roles are played by agricultural co-operatives, the JA Group.

The course evaluation and feedback showed that participants were able to learn considerably and were satisfied with the training. Most of the participants found the training very useful for their profession as well as for their country. The participants emphasized the usefulness of the training and desired that ICA and IDACA should continue with such trainings in the future for the benefit of the co-operatives and farmers of the region.

I had a great experience working with the IDACA team and the course management was excellent. The IDACA staff worked on every detail in order to make the program useful and interesting for the participants. A great deal of effort was put in by the course coordinator and the team in designing the course content, selection of resource persons and drafting of background notes.

The logistics arrangement including food and sightseeing trips were very good. The managing director and other staff took care of every need of the participants and were very quick to help, which created a warm, homely and comfortable learning environment.

Overall, it was a great experience for participants to stay and study at IDACA.