It is a great honor for JICA to be a partner of the Kirin Holdings Company’s Fellowship Program since 2017, a program which has continued for last three decades.
Japan has welcomed approximately 370,000 trainees from all over the world for the last 60 years since it began providing Official Development Assistance (ODA) in 1954. JICA launched the JICA Development Studies Program in 2018, a year which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Modernization. The Program invites future leaders from partner countries to Japan, and offers them the opportunity to learn about Japan’s modernization and development experiences, which differ from those of Europe and the U.S., and its wisdom as a country that provided cooperation toward the progress of developing countries after World War II. In the field of agriculture and rural development, JICA is aiming to invite 1,000 students from partner countries to study in Japan over the course of ten years from fiscal year 2020, supporting the human resource development in these countries.
Through this Fellowship Program, JICA is looking forward to working closely with Kirin Holdings Company to contribute to the development of partner countries, by leveraging our knowledge and experiences, including Kirin Holdings Company and the partners’ long history in supporting food science researchers from Asian countries, as well as JICA’s experience and networks built over the years.
As part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, food security and improved nutrition were underlined as one of the goals to be achieved by 2030. Achieving these goals is not only a task for developing countries but rather a call for action by all the countries and its people, and this Fellowship Program is one form of partnership to achieve these goals.
It is our hope that the promising researchers coming to Japan from Asia for this Fellowship Program will learn about Japan’s development experiences in the field of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries, while deepening their expertise. We sincerely hope the research and their stay in Japan would be fruitful and leads to future successes after their return, and we look forward to the synergies created with JICA’s activities in their home country.