Dec. 10, 2011



  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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(3) JICA “Planning of Agricultural Policy” Course

Continuing from the previous fiscal year, IDACA, at the commission of the JICA, took charge of “Agricultural Policy Planning” Course, a group-training course, from August 30 to September 21.

Participating in the training course were 16 people from 11 countries of Asia, Africa, and South America. Technical training started after presentation of draft action plans of the participating countries. After that, lectures were held on national-level policies at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and IDACA, organization of agricultural cooperatives, rural finance and agricultural product distribution, followed by observation of land improvement district that is involved in water utilization, which serves as the production base, and on-site training in Kochi Prefecture conducted as a case study of prefectural-level policies and agricultural promotion. At the end of the train-ing course, the participants drafted action plans for the planning and proposing of agricultural policies in their respective countries by utilizing the PCM (project cycle management) method for analyzing problems and studying improvement measures.


Continuously surprised by the gap between Iraq and Japan

Mr. Lukman Ismael Abdullah Mufti
Head of Planning and Follow-up Department
General Directorate of Agriculture,
Duhok Governorate

When I arrived at my hotel in Tokyo via Jordan and Dubai after departing Iraq early in the morning, it was past 9:30 at night of the next day. Since it was a Saturday night, I would be completely free the next day. No one I knew was around, other participants were not there, I had no money, and on top of that, I could not use the computer I had brought with me because the power plug would not fit into the outlet. Therefore, I regretted having signed up for this training course. On Monday, however, there were more participants, and JICA coordinator came around to help me out, so I was able to recover from my depressed feelings.

The training course at IDACA did not consist of only theoretical lectures for drawing up agricultural policies, but it also included study visits and was easy to understand. Although it was difficult at first to understand how the lectures and the study visits would be interrelated, I gradually began to understand. However, there was a big gap between the situations of nearly all the countries from where the participants came and the advanced system in Japan. Of course, it was very useful, but I felt that copying everything would be impossible.

All the staff members at IDACA were kind, and the accommodations that are blessed with a rich natural environment were very comfortable. Although the temperature in the Kurdish region in Iraq rises to about 45℃ during the daytime, it falls to about 20℃ at night, so you feel comfortable. However, in Japan during the summer, there are hardly any differences between daytime and nighttime temperatures, and the humidity is very high. This is the one thing that I never came to like.