What is IDACA?
The Institute for the Development of Agricultural Cooperation in Asia (IDACA) was established in July 1963 based on a resolution of the 1st Asian Agricultural Cooperative Conference held in Tokyo in April 1962, with the strong leadership of Mr. Yasushi Hasumi, the first president of the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (JA ZENCHU). The main purpose of our institute is to contribute to increase of famers’ income and development of regional agriculture and communities through the development and promotion of agricultural cooperatives in the Asian region.
We are conducting human resource development training courses for overseas agricultural cooperative, survey and development cooperation, etc. as specific activities.
Our Main Activities
There are three main activities of IDACA, such as "training courses”, "follow-up, guidance and survey" and " research and expert dispatch."
We provide training opportunity for people involved in the agricultural cooperative movement in developing countries around the world, including Asian and African countries, to learn about experience of Japanese agricultural cooperatives, and to help organize farmers in each county.
Follow-up Guidance and Survey
For the ex-participants who have participated in the ICA-related training courses, we survey on the progress of their action plans created during the training course and how they utilize the experience and knowledge gained in the training by the “on-site survey,” and “questionnaire”.
What did former participants do after returning to their own country?
The participants who participated in the training are expanding their fields of activity by making good use of knowledge and experience gained through lectures and observations in Japan. For example, they are struggling to establish a farmer's organization in their own countries and working to revitalize the business of agricultural cooperatives, and so on.
Moreover, some of them have held important government posts and worked on rural development at a national-level
Statistics on IDACA’s performance
Over the past half century after establishment of IDACA, we have accepted more than 6,500 participants. The graph shows the number of participants by country and ratio of woman’s participation.