IITA DG pays courtesy visit to Japanese government, MAFF, and MoFA Japan
In related news, Sanginga embarked on courtesy visits to MAFF and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). IITA Board Member, Dr Shuichi Asanuma, and Yam Agronomist, Dr Ryo Matsumoto, completed the IITA delegation.
Mr Yoshihisa Hishinuma, Director-General, Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries Research Council Secretariat, and Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) President, Dr Masaru Iwanaga, received the team along with the Director Generals of other CGIAR centers and SDG C/A. DG Sanginga used the opportunity to express appreciation for their strong support of the Yam and Cowpea improvement programs in IITA.
At MoFA, discussions were held on future cooperation, including capacity development of young Japanese to IITA.
Sanginga also attended several other meetings with representatives of Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA), Japan international Cooperation Agency (JICA), and JST-SATREPS Group to develop new partnerships for food security in Africa. According to Dr Sanginga, “Incorporating Japan’s technology and dissemination program is a very effective means for agricultural development in African countries. It is also very important to build a win-win relationship. Let us continue to communicate to maintain strong collaboration.”