It is a great honor for JICA to have been a part of the Fellowship Program since 2017, which Kirin Holdings Company has continued for the last 24 years. Japan has welcomed approximately 350,000 participants in training programs from 194 countries for over 60 years since it began providing Official Development Assistance (ODA) in 1954. In addition to accepting these participants, JICA has been engaged in the human resource development through the implementation of technical cooperation projects in developing countries.
Through the Fellowship Program, JICA is pleased to contribute to further development of developing countries, by collaboratively leveraging the KIRIN and others’ strengths of the long history of training food science researchers from Asian countries, as well as other strengths such as experience and global network JICA has built up.
Food security and nutrition improvement are addressed in the "Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)" adopted at the United Nations Summit, which are the goals to be achieved by 2030. The SDGs call for actions by all countries and people, and require partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. The Fellowship Program is a form of partnership to achieve the goals.
The participants of the Program are promising researchers from Asian countries and expected to have invaluable experience and research during their stay in Japan. We also wish the best of their success afterwards, through their producing synergy with JICA’s activities in their countries.