We supported the short-term training for government officials of Aceh Tengah in Japan, 5-9 November 2019. This is a part of JICA Grass-root Cooperation Project on orange resource development between Ochi town in Kochi prefecture and Aceh Tengah district.
They learned support policies by local government to develop the 6th industrialization (integration of cultivation-processing-marketing) by private sector this time. Two trainees sent from Aceh Tengah in Ochi town taught how to pick orange to those government officials. Local TV shot the scene.
We hope this short-term training make some contribution to develop the integration of cultivation-processing-marketing of orange resource in Aceh Tengah.
83 students of Shimizu Primary School (the 3rd grade) visited Shimizu-no-Sato, Fukushima to learn local history and life of old house, guided by us. They were interested in many things, especially traditional weaving loom kept in warehouse.
We visited Cianjur, West Java, in 8-9 October 2019 with mission from local government of Minakami town, Japan, to prepare JICA Grass-root Cooperation Project on agro-tourism next year.
Kami mengunjungi Kabupaten Cianjur, Jawa Barat, pada tanggal 8-9 Oktober 2019 bersama rombongan Pemkot Minakami, Jepang, untuk persiapan Proyek Kerjasama Akar Rumput tentang agrowisata yang akan mulai tahun 2020..
In 4 October 2019, we gave a guest lecture in Southeast Sulawesi University with the title “Business for Social Welfare”.
Pada tanggal 4 Oktober 2019, kami kasih kuliah tamu di Universitas Sulawesi Tenggara, Kendari, dengan judul “Kewirausahaan untuk Kesejahteraan Masyarakat”.
We visited Bada Valley in Central Sulawesi Province, 29 September to1 October 2019, with Dr. Isamu Sakamoto, a specialist of paper making technique. This time we wanted to see current situation about barkcloth or paper/cloth made from tree skin in Bada.
Barkcloth making technique in Bada and its surrounding areas have been kept since about 3,000 years ago until now, even if its technique succession might be more difficult after modernization drive became stronger with easier transportation access. It took about 10 hours from Tentena to Bada with jeep when we visited here in 1991, and now only 2 hours by Avanza.
We got many impressive information and many new questions about barkcloth. In a word, barkcloth here is very important as its existence since 3,000 years ago only in this area in the world, and as a theme to elucidate cultural diffusion from South Pacific to East Asia via Southeast Asia because its material tree was the same in Bada, South Pacific, Taiwan and Japan. Very exciting on barkcloth in Central Sulawesi.
We visited Palu in 28-29 Sep 2019 to watch current situation after 1 year from the disaster (earthquake, tsunami, and liquefaction). Visited Talise beach, Jono Oge, Vatumonju, Wani port etc.
In 15-21 September 2019, we had a business trip to Aceh and Medan in the name of the JICA grass-roots Project for Sixth Industrialization (cultivation, processing and promotion) of Citrus Resources in Central Aceh District Utilizing Knowledge of Ochi Town. We mainly stay in Takengon, capital city of Central Aceh District.
We discussed with Central Aceh District Government about the implementation of the Project, and explained about next step including the short-term training for local government officials in Japan about supporting policies on promotion of sixth industrialization.
We visited some orange farmers, fruits market, coffee cooperatives etc.. Of course, we enjoyed various delicious local foods in Takengon, Lhokseumawe, and Medan.
Please see the Facebook page of our project with daily report of our trainees: https://www.facebook.com/ochiacehtengah/
In 18-25 August 2019, I was a coordinator of Dari K Cacao Tour with 25 participants in Sulawesi (Polewali and Makassar), Indonesia. This tour has been annually organized by Dari K Co., Ltd., a chocolate producer in Kyoto with cacao from Sulawesi since 2014.
Most of participants are chocolate lovers and for the first time they met cacao farmers who prepare good quality fermented cacao beans for valuable chocolate of Dari K. Consumers directly meet producers. Consumers give their sincere gratitude to cacao farmers. On the other hand, cacao farmers increase their motivation to produce good quality cacao beans.
In addition, participants enjoyed local foods every day cooked by families of cacao farmers, and many other activities such as the chocolate producing workshop with primary school students, visiting a bean-to-bar local chocolate shop, visiting sago starch processing unit, and special traditional local event of dancing horse.
We believe this tour certainly gave various positive impacts on consumers and producers who respect each other, and planted many seeds for creating next change of world through cacao.