JICA invites young Filipinos to agribusiness training in Japan
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is now inviting young Filipinos who are into agriculture to apply for a training program in Okinawa, Japan as part of the country’s capacity building assistance to the Philippines.
Application for the training program is open until November 24, 2017, while the training program will be on February 7 to 24, 2018.
The training program is under JICA’s so-called Knowledge Co-Creation Program (Young Leaders) where participants learn new technology and skills in a specialized field and learn new ideas from Japan that can be applied to the Philippines.
“We believe that young Filipinos are becoming more aware of issues that surround society and that there’s a real interest for them to learn new ways of doing things and contribute to nation building,” JICA Chief Representative Susumu Ito said.
For the training in Okinawa, participants will visit Miyakojima Island in Okinawa Prefecture to study green tourism. They will also observe product development using local resources in Yanbaru, an ecotourism site in southern Japan.
“It took years for Japan to modernize its society by learning from other countries and internalizing new skills and knowledge to suit our needs and conditions. Thus, we hope that through the JICA training program, young Filipinos would draw lessons from Japan’s experience, particularly government and private sector partnership in Okinawa and adopt them to address local challenges,” Ito said.
Participants could also learn from Japan’s so-called ‘sextiary sector,’ (another term for agribusiness in Japan) on how the Philippines can add value to its agriculture and fishery sectors through agriculture-commerce-industry cooperation.
As of 2016, the training program has already benefited nearly 3,000 young Filipinos.