What is IDACA’s training course?
IDACA collaborates with the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and other International Organizations to carry out our training programs that nurture human resources expected to strengthen agricultural cooperatives.
ICA-related training courses
We are implementing the " Capacity Building Project for Farmer’s Organizations to Support the Development of Food Value Chain in Asia and Africa” for people involved in agricultural cooperative movement in the Asia-Africa region. With the aim of improving agricultural productivity, raising income and reducing poverty in developing countries in the Asia-Africa region, we are conducting the following training to achieve this.
Fostering Leaders for Management and Development of Agricultural Cooperatives
This training course aims to support fostering farmers’ organizations which leads to the improvement of agricultural productivity and income of farmers, furthermore, it contributes to the reduction of hunger and poverty in the Asia-Africa region by promoting agriculture, which is a major industry in the region.
Empowering Women in Business and Management of Agricultural Cooperatives
Focusing on Southeast Asian countries centered on the Mekong River basin and South Asia, this training course aims to support fostering woman leaders who can actively participate in organizational management and business start-up by rural women who play an important role in rural areas.
Fostering Agricultural Cooperatives for Food Value Chain
This training focuses on farm management activities for semi-developed countries in Asia. The purpose of the training is to contribute to the development of organization and enhancement of the lives of the cooperative members by improving quality of the farm products, accessing high-value-added markets, and strengthening entry into the food value chain.
JICA-related training courses
IDACA is commissioned by JICA to provide training courses. Intended participants are government officers and people related to agricultural Cooperatives not only from Asian countries but also from all over the world. Aiming to formulate agricultural policies in their own countries, revitalize farmers 'organizations, and raise farmers' incomes while learning about case studies in Japan on agricultural cooperative organizations and business operations.
Establishment and Development of Farmers' Organizations
The purpose of the training is to contribute to the promotion of the establishment of agricultural cooperatives and the strengthening organization by organizing farmers in the rural community for the countries in the early stages of establishing agricultural cooperatives. In addition, participants understand the merits of agricultural cooperatives, and learn about organizing farmers that contributes to the improvement of farms’ income and their livelihood, the organizational management system and financial basics of agricultural cooperatives, farm management, purchasing and marketing, etc.
Agribusiness Promotion for Small Scale Farmers in African Countries
The purpose of the course is to contribute to the improvement of income of small-scale farmers through human resource development to by promoting agribusiness in the African region. Through learning case studies in Japan and its analysis, we aim to strengthen the capacity of people engaged in farming, government officers in charge of farmers' organizations and agricultural extension services.
Agricultural Policy Course
The purpose of the course is for administrative officers in charge of agricultural policy making, to gain the knowledge on agricultural policy planning in order to solve the problems in agriculture in their own countries and understand the history and current situation of Japanese agricultural policy, organizations such as agricultural cooperatives, various administrative support systems, legal systems. Moreover, through the comparison and discussion among the participants, it contributes to deepen mutual learning and solve the problems in agricultural sector.
Other training courses
In addition to the courses shown above, short-term and individual courses for participants from agricultural cooperative organizations or government mainly in Asian countries on a request basis are conducted.
ASEAN Capacity Building Course
The purpose of the course is to learn the role that JA plays in establishment and practice of food value chain in Japan, and also to explore ways for establishment of practicable food value chain and profitable marketing through development of agricultural cooperatives in the ASEAN member countries. This course is held with funds contributed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan to the ASEAN Secretariat, and JA ZENCHU entrusted by the ASEAN Secretariat and IDACA conducts the training course.
Flow of the Training Course
A key feature of the training programs offered by IDACA is the close relationship the institute built with JA ZENCHU and other JA Group member organizations, IDACA with well-established relationship implements its classroom-based lecture programs and its on-site study visits, In the implementation of these programs, IDACA receives the full support and cooperation of the JA Group and its related organizations.
The curricula of the IDACA training programs comprise lectures, on-site study visits, discussions and reports drafted on the programs.
Opening ceremony to start a training course in our institute is held with opening remarks and introduction of our officials and staff members as well as participants.
Lectures are provided by people with hands-on experience of JA activities, and prominent in the relevant areas.
In addition to classroom lectures, audio visual materials and workshops are fully employed in order to promote participants’ understanding of the program content.
To deepen the knowledge acquired through lectures, participants make field visits across Japan to gain firsthand information of JA activities. This hands-on and experiential approach is designed in our on-site study visit program.
Making a Course Report
Participants engaged in group discussion to help deepen the knowledge gained through the lectures and study visit programs. Furthermore, participants are required to make and present reports on the training program including action plan for their own future activities.
With closing remarks and awarding of certificate in this closing ceremony, the training course is completed.