IDACA NEWS

NO.115

May 15, 2020

IDACA Executive Director’s Inaugural Message

REPORTS ON TRAINING COURSES

  1. FY2019 JICA Knowledge Co-Creation Program “Establishment and Development of Farmers’ Organizations” Course
     
    Report from a Former Participant after She Returned to Her Home Country
  2. FY2019 ICA-Japan Training Course on “Empowering Women in Business and Management of Agricultural Cooperatives”
  3. FY2019 Training Course on “Fostering Coordinators of Food Value Chain” under the Project for Supporting Capacity Building in the Agricultural Sector in ASEAN Countries
  4. FY2019 ICA-Japan Training Course on “Fostering Agricultural Cooperatives for Food Value Chain”

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REPORTS ON TRAINING COURSES

(4) FY2019 ICA-Japan Training Course on “Fostering Agricultural Cooperatives for Food Value Chain”

Targeting semi-developed countries in Southeast Asia where organizing agricultural cooperatives has relatively progressed, the above-titled training course was conducted from August 19, 2019 to September 11, 2019, with the marketing business, distribution system, and food value chain of agricultural cooperatives as the theme.

This time, six people – one each from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, and Vietnam – participated in the training course and learned about case examples of Japan’s agriculture, agricultural cooperative system, and production, distribution and sales of agricultural products through lectures and observations.


Surrounding JA Iwate Hanamaki President Takahashi in front of the main office; General Affairs Manager Takahashi performed “Shika-odori,” a traditional performing art! (Far left)

The field study visits took the participants to Iwate Prefecture where they visited related facilities of JA-ZENNOH Iwate to deepen their knowledge on the distribution of agricultural products and livestock products including rice, and also JA Iwate Hanamaki to gain an understanding of the businesses of JA multipurpose cooperatives and their organizational activities, as well as the specific flow of activities from production to collection, distribution, and sales. In particular, while observing the actual site, the participants received briefings on how the JA communicates with its members.

On the day after the visit, the participants were blessed with the opportunity to participate as observers at the “Ie-no-Hikari Cooking Festa” held at the main office of JA Iwate Hanamaki, and they sampled many local dishes made by the members of JA women’s association. Thanks to the kindness of the members of JA women’s association and JA’s officials and staff members, all the participants, with being much excited and impressed with their experience, completed their field study visit in Iwate.