Beyond Buzzwords: Transforming Philippine Agriculture!

Courtesy Visit of JICA Chief Rep to the Philippines (April 6, 2022)

Author: DA Communications Group | 6 April 2022

Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) newly-appointed Chief Representative to the Philippines Sakamoto Takema met with Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) on April 6, 2022.

DA has two ongoing projects with JICA, namely: Advisor on Project Formulation and Preparation under Japan’s Technical Cooperation Program, implemented by DA Project Development Service and Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM); and Market-Driven Enhancement of Vegetable Value Chain in the Philippines, spearheaded by DA-Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance (AMAS).

Discussed during the courtesy call were similarities and differences between the Philippines’ and Japan’s approach toward agricultural programs, as well as potential ventures between JICA and DA on agricultural infrastructures, capacity-building for farmers and cooperatives, food terminal systems, scholarship opportunities, research and development, and private sector involvement.

Secretary Dar relayed his gratitude to JICA for its relentless assistance to DA. (Photo by Adones Buhayan, DA-AFID)