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The ICA and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of the Government of Japan, Tokyo signed an agreement for the implementation of the “Capacity Building Project for Farmers’ Organizations to Support the Development of Food Value Chain in Asia and Africa in FY-2020” for the period from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021.


Given the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and continuing travel restrictions, these training programmes are being held online. The training course on “Empowering of Rural Women for Improvement of their Leadership and Business and Management in Asia and Africa-2020” was initiated in December 2020.


Part-I of the training course was organized from 14th to 18th December 2020. The objective of the training course is to build the capacity of women leaders and enhance their business management abilities.


Mr. Hirofumi Kobayashi, Executive Director, IDACA; Mr. Satyanarayana, Chief Executive, NCUI; Mr. A.K. Taneja, Programme Coordinator, ICA-AP, representatives of nominating organizations and resource persons; and all the participants attended the opening ceremony. Mr. Balasubramanian Iyer, Regional Director, ICA-AP, made his opening remarks through a video message. 


Ten participants from Asian and African countries – India, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Kenya, and Swaziland attended the training programme. At the concluding session, Mr. Iyer, addressed the participants and Ms. Prabha Kumari, the participant from India, presented a vote of thanks on behalf of all the participants. 


Part-II of the programme will be conducted online by IDACA from 14th January to 2nd February 2021.