IDACA NEWS

NO.95

December 10, 2011

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REPORTS ON TRAINING COURSES

  1. JICA Course on “Strengthening Management and Business Activities of Agricultural Cooperatives”
  2. ICA Training Course on Quality and Safety Management of Farm Products
  3. JICA “Planning of Agricultural Policy” Course

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Message From a New President of IDACA


Mr. Akira Banzai
President of IDACA

The Great East Japan Earthquake and the ensuing nuclear power plant accident have caused unprecedented damage. Immediately after the disaster struck, the JA Group has continued to exert utmost efforts, including getting a grasp of the well-being of people and the situation of the damage, and providing personnel and material assistance and donations, among other things. We earnestly desire the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the affect-ed areas as soon as possible. Meanwhile, on the occasion of the great disaster, the wonderfulness of cooperative associations’ concept of mutual aid in the form of “connections between people and helping out each other” has come to be recognized once again.

IDACA has been treading its course for nearly half a century. It has so far accepted more than 5,600 participants. Many of the participants are playing active roles as government officials or leaders of agricultural cooperatives in the world. The development of agricultural cooperative movement in the Asian region and other regions and the human resources development training programs aimed at raising the income of farmers implemented by IDACA have won high acclaim both at home and abroad. I cannot help but pay respect to the exceptional foresight of Mr. Yasushi Hasumi, who “created learning opportunities within the agricultural cooperative movement in Japan for leaders engaged in the cooperative movement in developing countries” and who was instrumental in establishing this organization as a “venue to foster solidarity in the international community,” while serving at the time as president of the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives.

Currently, the global economic society is within the tidal current of market fundamentalism. The United Nations designated 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives. This means that the United Nations places great expectations in the role of cooperatives, which are organized by people and managed in a democratic manner, and that it is encouraging the world to promote the fostering and growth of cooperatives.

Through programs to train personnel who will assume leading roles in the cooperative movement, IDACA plans to con-tribute to achieving symbiosis with developing countries centering on Asia and with the rest of the world, and also make further efforts so that the participants will gain good understanding of Japan’s agriculture and agricultural cooperatives toward a desirable development for both sides.