IDACA conduct Yezin Agricultural University Food Value Chain Lecture

On June 27, 2024, IDACA staff Ms. Miho Togaki conducted an online Food Value Chain Seminar for the HRD Project organized by the ASEAN Secretariat. The lecture was attended by about 60 students and focused on the development of Japanese agriculture and agricultural cooperative features. Next day, Mr. Seiya Uchida, Deputy General Manager of JA Machidashi, was in charge of a lecture. The lecture focused on the contents of the overall JA Machidashi business. In addition, there was an opportunity to exchange opinions with the new employees of JA Machida City and students of Yezin Agricultural University, making the lecture a meaningful experience for the participants. We hope to travel to Myanmar in the future to give lectures on-site.


Visiting the Cooperative Institute of Malaysia (CIM)

On May 28, 2024, Mr. Hirofumi Kobayashi, Executive Director, visited the Cooperative Institute of Malaysia (CIM), an IDACA's strategic partner, to engage in an exchange of opinions regarding future operational strategies and collaborations.


Furthermore, on May 29th and 30th, 2024, Mr. Kobayashi attended the International Cooperative Conference hosted by CIM which is located at Putrajaya Malyaia, receiving recognition as a collaborating organization. Additionally, Mr. Kobayashi participated as a panelist in the session “Smart Agricultural for Smart Growth: Cooperative Principles”, discussing examples of smart agriculture and emphasizing the importance of consensus-building among members, fundraising, and collaboration government entities (national and local).


It was a remarkable opportunity for Mr. Kobayashi to reconnect with many participants who had attended the training courses IDACA implemented in the past.


Lecture on traceability activities in agricultural cooperatives in Japan at Visayas State University, Philippines

On May 31, IDACA staff, Mr. Hiroshi Akutsu, gave a lecture on traceability activities in agricultural cooperatives in Japan at Visayas State University in the Philippines as part of a human resource development program organized by the ASEAN Secretariat.

In addition to the lecture, a workshop was also held, and about 60 students deepened their understanding of the agricultural cooperative system in Japan.


Announcement of Online Seminars

We will be hosting an online seminar on “Grains Market Information”, a joint project of the International Grains Council (IGC) and IDACA, on the following dates.


Each seminar will address the status of grains markets and market transparency in the Asia, Oceania and Africa regions, with panel sessions featuring experts from IGC and each region.

Regional Online Seminar in Oceaia:                           18 June 2024 12:00PM - 2:00PM

Regional Online Seminar in Africa & Middle East:   20 June 2024  4:00PM - 6:00PM

Regional Online Seminar in Australia:                       26 June 2024  3:30PM - 5:30PM


You can check each agenda from HERE. (Jump to Google Drive)


Click HERE to register! (Jump to Google Form)


If you register, you will receive an email with the Zoom link of the seminar.


Lecture on JICA training program for Senegal at JICA Tokyo Center

On May 15, 2024, IDACA training coordinator Mr. Toru Nakashima gave a lecture on “Agricultural Cooperatives and Rice Production and Supply in Japan” to five government officers from Senegal at the JICA Tokyo Center in response to a JICA training request from Nippon Koei Co., Ltd.


The lecture focused on the development of Japanese agriculture and the characteristics of agricultural cooperatives.


The participants commented that "the Japanese agricultural cooperative system is an excellent model that they would like to refer to in their own country”. The training program is organized from May 14 to 25, and the participants will visit Niigata Prefecture for on-site training to inspect rice production sites in Japan.