Corona Update: Japan

The opening of the 48th training cohort on May 1, 2020 - with a much smaller group than usual due to the Corona crisis. Photo: Mission 21

Tomoko Arakawa reports on the challenges during the Corona pandemic for her institute. The training programs are only being continued at a very reduced level and many activities could not be carried out at all. In general, a high degree of flexibility is required.

International exchange remains difficult

Each year, ARI trains participants from rural areas of developing countries in sustainable agriculture, community development and leadership. When many international borders were closed in March, participants from Sierra Leone were stuck in Ghana for three months, unable to travel further.

In this extraordinary situation, everyone showed great commitment. A Ghanaian ARI graduate, for example, took in the participants stranded in Ghana and organized ARI training on the spot. The agricultural business of ARI is maintained with united efforts. The cultivation of own food gives a piece of independence, for which one is glad.

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