ICA-MAFF (GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN) PROJECT



A glimpse from the closing session of the training course on Strengthening Management and Development of
Agricultural Cooperatives and Farmers’ Organizations

ICA in partnership with MAFF, the Government of Japan is implementing the Capacity Building Project for Farmer’s Organizations to support the development of the Food Value Chain in Asia and Africa for three years starting 2020. The project comprises of three training courses and follow-up:

  • Strengthening Management and Development of Agricultural Cooperatives and Farmers’ Organizations in Asia and Africa
  • Empowering of Rural Women for Improvement of their Leadership and Business and Management in Asia and Africa
  • Strengthening of Marketing through Improvement of Quality of Farm Produce and Expansion of Marketing Channels
  • Follow-up Guidance and Survey of Ex- participants


ICA-AP organised three training courses online in 2021 and conducted the Follow-up guidance and survey with ex-participants from Nepal and Bhutan.

The training course on Strengthening Management and Development of Agricultural Cooperatives and Farmers’ Organizations in Asia and Africa-2021 was organized in February and March 2021 in collaboration with IRMA, India and the Institute for the Development of Agricultural Cooperation in Asia (IDACA), Japan in two parts. The course aimed to build capacities of leaders of the farmers’ organizations, who are expected to play central roles in the promotion of agricultural cooperatives and the strengthening of organization and business management. 15 participants from Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, India, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nepal, Rwanda, Tunisia, and Vietnam attended the training and learned about the experiences of agricultural & dairy cooperatives in India and Japan.


A glimpse from the training course on Empowerment of
Rural Women for Improvement of their Leadership and Business Management


The training course on Empowerment of Rural Women for Improvement of their Leadership and Business Management in Asia and Africa-2021 was held in August and September 2021. It aimed to assist the capacity building of rural women leaders and enhance their business management abilities. 15 participants from nine countries – India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Lao PDR and Vietnam from Asia and Ghana, Nigeria and Tanzania from Africa participated in the training. Part-I was organised in collaboration with the Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of Cooperative Management (VAMNICOM) and Part-II was conducted by IDACA, Japan. The participants were taken through sessions and case studies on women entrepreneurship and women- related initiatives in livelihood creation and micro- enterprise management.

The training course on Strengthening of Marketing through Improvement of Quality of Farm Produce and Expansion of Marketing Channels was held in November and December 2021 and was facilitated by IDACA, Japan.The course is designed to contribute to the development of agricultural cooperatives and the improvement in the life of the members by involving them in the food value chain. 14 participants from ten countries - India, Nepal, Philippines, Malaysia, and Mongolia from Asia and Eswatini, Ghana, Mauritius, Rwanda, and Uganda from Africa participated in the training. It covered interesting topics and case studies including dairy farming, fruit farming, marketing and distribution of agricultural produce, food value chains, and the halal food industry.