Women Farm Leaders of Agricultural Co-ops meet in Tokyo (1998)
(Source: Asia-Pacific Co-op News, Vol. 5, No.2, May-August.1998, pp.2-3)
Asian Women Farm Leaders of Agricultural Co-ops meet in Tokyo
The Third Asian Conference of Women Farm Leaders of Agricultural Co-operatives was jointly organised by the International Co-operative Alliance Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ICA ROAP); the Central Union of Agricultural Co-operatives-Japan (JA-Zenchu) and the Institute for the Development of Agricultural Co-operation in Asia-Japan (IDACA) at Tokyo, Japan, from 26th August to 6th September 1998. The 1st Conference was held in October 1996, and the 2nd Conference in November 1997.
The Conference was attended by 35 senior level women leaders representing 13 countries (i.e., Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet-nam) and three international organisations (Afro-Asian Rural Reconstruction Organisation-AARRO, the ILO and the ICA ROAP). Senior leaders representing the organisations and supporting agencies, including Mr. Hiroshi Kohno, Executive Director of JA-Zenchu and ICA Board member; Ms.Ikuko Arimatsu of Prime Minister’s Office; Mr. Takuji Hanatani of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Kazutoshi Yokota of the MAFF-Japan; and Dr. Daman Prakash, Director of the ICA ROAP, spoke at the inagural session.
The Conference was also addressed by Dr. Bahar Munip, Secretary-General of the AARRO; and Mr. Nobuhiro Hayasaka of ILO Tokyo Branch.
The inaugural session of the Conference was held at the MAFF Annex building in down town Tokyo and the rest of the technical sessions at IDACA. A familiarisation field study visit to Niigata Prefecture was organised for the delegates.
The Conference, hosted by the Institute for the Development of Agricultural Co-operation in Asia, was coordinated by Dr. Daman Prakash, Director, ICA ROAP and the officials of IDACA representing its Managing Director, Mr. Yoshitada Nakaoka.
The Conference took note of the development work done by the ICA ROAP and the IDACA in the field of agricultural co-operative development, and also of the discussions held at and the recommendations and conclusions of the previously-held two Conferences (1996 and 1997).
The objectives of the Conference were:
Resolution of the 3rd Asian Conference of Women Farm Leaders of Agricultural Co-operatives
“The 3rd Asian Conference of Women Farm Leaders of Agricultural Co-operatives held at Tokyo, 26th August to 6th September 1998, attended by 35 delegates representing 13 Asian countries and three international organisations, having taken note of the discussions held at the previously-held two conferences (1996 and 1997), hereby RESOLVES that :
01. The recommendations made and the resolutions adopted earlier which hereby stand endorsed by this Conference as well, and by this Conference be vigorously followed-up by the organisers, respective governments and sponsoring organisations;
02. The national co-operative organisations and the women’s organisations in agricultural co-operative sector take note of the systematic development and activities of the Women’s Associations of Japanese Agricultural Co-operative Movement and make an appropriate use of their valuable experiences;
03. The national co-operative organisations and women’s organisations to appreciate, adopt and follow ICA Statement on Co-operative Identity, Principles of Co-operation and the Co-operative Values and provide support to all women’s organisations/committees at national and international levels and participate in their programmes and activities; and
04. The organisers continue to convene such conferences at regular intervals to facilitate and enhance interaction among women leaders of agricultural co-operatives in the Region.
The Conference places on record its highest appreciation for the efforts of the organisers in holding this 3rd Conference.”