Japanese funding for training programs

October 7, 2009 at 9:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The new agreement, signed by Ms Akiko Tomito of JICA, and Dr Maarten van Ginkel of ICARDA

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA, the development arm of the Japanese Government) and ICARDA have signed a 5-year agreement to train researchers from Afghanistan. Fourteen training courses will be organized at ICARDA’s headquarters, on seed production, crop production and livestock.

The new project builds on previous successes, and a long history of collaboration. To date, 482 researchers from 29 developing countries have been trained through JICA-funded projects in Syria and Iraq. With JICA’s support, ICARDA and other partners have organized workshops for researchers and extension staff from 18 countries. Japanese funding for research – in addition to training – has helped improve rural welfare and livelihoods in dry areas worldwide.

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