IDACA NEWS

NO.93

April 1, 2011

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VOICES OF FORMER PARTICIPANTS

Joy of Cooperation

When I graduated from university with an MSc of agriculture, I had a very slight vision about the cooperative movement in my country. After starting my job at the Iran Cotton Union in 2002, I found out that cooperatives are the answer to the poor and small landholding farmers. Through these years I was in touch with 30 cooperative members around the country. I have been feeling and touching upon all their problems to establish and form a cooperative that is able to stand on its own without any governmental supports and as a result to keep away any possible interference. I have been visiting successful and unsuccessful cooperatives and always searching for the perfect results in my mind.

One day I was informed that ICA was conducting a course with the sponsorship of MAFF and I had no idea that this was the chance to get all my questions answered about cooperatives. After 47 days of studying and a visit in India and seven days of a study visit in Iran along with my 11 fellow participants from nine Asian countries, we had a chance to study and visit JAs in Japan. During our stay in Japan I was able to finally see the fruit of hard work and cooperation in the form of JA.

It was an amazing opportunity to be a part of the ICA-Japan training course in 2009 and I hope that cooperatives in my country will follow in the footsteps of cooperators in Japan to enhance farmers’ income and livelihood through cooperatives.