As part of Japan’s upcoming policy to help Africa, the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to train farmers in the region and send experts that will impart knowledge in agriculture. The move is aimed at helping the region combat food crisis, especially in tribal war-hit countries.
With Africa’s huge expanse of land, making the most out of it has always been a pressing concern, not just locally, but in the international arena as well. Japan’s partnership with Africa eyes around 50,000 small farmers by 2017 that will produce marketable crops that will drive consumer markets. To enable this, Japan has scheduled a training program for the administrative officials of Africa’s agricultural agencies and local governments. The training is to be held in the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)’s Kansai International Center in Kobe. Participants will be chosen from 18 countries in the region, including Randa, Ethiopia, Cameroon and Mozambique.
Aside from the training program in Japan, the government will also send experts to the countries in Africa to provide specialized training to technical instructors. The training will focus on crop pickings and timing of planting crops for maximum results. Japan and Africa hope that once the programs and exchange of knowledge is done, Africa, which is highly reliant on imported food, will be able to grow their own produce. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to announce the partnership between the two nations as he visits Cameroon for a meeting of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development.