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The 2nd ICA-Japan Training Course on “Fostering Agricultural Co-operatives to Build Food Value Chain” was held in Japan from September 27 to October 18, 2018. Seven co-operative professionals from the ICA-AP member network representing six countries (India, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines and Vietnam), attended the 20-day training. This course has been designed with an objective to strengthen capacity of agricultural, forestry and fisheries producers by building food value chains.


Group photo with participants and officials from ICAAP, IDACA,MAFF and JAZenchu


The course emphasised preparation of ‘Action Plans’ by the participants based on their learning from the training and which can be implemented by them after returning to their respective countries.  The topics covered during the training were historical background, organisational and business activities and distribution systems of agricultural co-operatives in Japan. Preparation and presentation of country reports were also an important component of the training and these focused on skill development, collection of information around the particular subject and analysing the problems faced by farmers, the agricultural community, co-operatives and the governments.


Ms. Savitri Singh, Program Director of ICA-AP, Mr. Koshi Sugaya, officer in-charge of ICA-Japan project in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Japan, Mr. Yasuyuki Kobayashi, Manager of the International Department of JAZenchu and Mr. Masahiro Konno, Executive Director of IDACA attended the opening and closing ceremonies. A certificate for successful completion of the course was awarded to the participants by Mr. Konno at the closing ceremony.