Successful mechanisation of smallholder agriculture - opportunities for cooperation and partnership between Africa and Japan

Opara, Umezuruike Linus (2013-10)

CITATION: Opara, L. U. 2013. Successful Mechanization of Smallholder Agriculture ‒Opportunities for Cooperation and Partnership between Africa and Japan. Agricultural Mechanisation in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, 44(4):27-30.

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This is an auspicious and opportune time to put a spot light on Africa’s economic relationship with Japan, and there are several good reasons to do so. As I am writing this article in the last week of May 2013, African leaders are meeting in Kyoto with their Japanese counterparts to discuss existing and economic ties. Over the decades, Japan has maintained a friendly economic relationship with Africa and African countries. The works of Japan’s international development agencies and organisations such as JICA and Sasakawa Africa Foundation are widely recognized for their efforts in promoting scientific cooperation and trade, and the adoption of modern agricultural technology in many African countries.

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