Social Outreach Seminar will be held on October 22nd (Fri.), 2010.
In 2008, former Prime Minister Fukuda announced a plan to double the amount of rice produced in Africa as part of Japan’s ODA. As Africa continues to face food shortages, improving the efficiency of rice production leads to less reliance on imported rice and creates income for farmers. This brings people out of poverty, gives children a chance to go to school, and results in many other positive ripple effects.
This seminar will feature a message from Mr. Tsuboi Tatsushi, a JICA Expert currently active on the frontlines of aid in Africa. Originally from nearby Kitsuki City, Mr. Tsuboi (whose nickname is “Mr. NERICA”) will introduce the latest data and examples of activities being done in Africa to spread efficient rice production methods.
*NERICA: Abbreviation of “New Rice for Africa”, a newly developed method of cultivation suitable for Africa.