A three-member team consisting of representatives from IDACA and ICA-AP visited Malaysia (February 5 to 12) and Vietnam (February 13 to 18). The purpose of the follow-up guidance and survey of ex-participants was to assess the impact of training of the ICA-MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries), Government of Japan training courses from 2014 to 2016. In particular, to see how Action Plans drafted by the participants were being implemented upon return to their country. The follow-up study was conducted through a questionnaire, exchange of views and ideas with the participants and visits to some of the cooperatives where the participants were working.
In Malaysia, Mr. Takeshi Usui, Program Coordinator IDACA; Ms. Eiko Oshita, Program Coordinator IDACA; and Mr. K. Sethu Madhavan, Advisor (Membership of ICA-AP) visited: (a) Malaysia Cooperative Societies Commission; (b) Malaysian National Cooperative Movement (ANGKASA); (c) Coconut and Pam oil growing sites of National Land Finance Cooperative Society (NLFCS) in Perak; (d) Pineapple growing site of Koperasi Serbaguna Anak Selangor Berhad (KOSAS) in Banting, Selangor; (e) Cooperative College of Malaysia (CCM); and Pasar Tani Seksyen-17 (weekly market-direct sales shop) in Petaling Jaya. Five out of six participants who attended the training courses from 2014 to 2016 attended the joint meeting at ANGKASA office on 6th February. The implementation of action plan for some exceeded expectation, for some it was still under implementation, and for the rest it was still being conceptualized. The sponsoring organization said the training courses were very useful and should be continued as there were significant improvements in the performance of participants after they had attended the training courses.
In Vietnam, Mr. Takeshi Usui, Program Coordinator IDACA; Ms. Eiko Oshita, Program Coordinator IDACA; and Ms. Savitri Singh, Program Director, ICA-AP held review meetings. Most of the participants reported that they have been able to disseminate the training to fellow coop members through meetings, workshops and trainings. One of the participants, Mr. Van Huy reported that he was able to expand the cattle feed business in his coop. Some participants had to discontinue their implementation plan due to lack of funding. All the participants reported that the training was very useful in building their individual capacity to serve the cooperatives and members with more efficiency. They expressed that ICA and IDACA should continue with the training program.