07 February 2020
Mr. Chairman, Mr. President,
Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my honor to participate in the fortieth session of the IFAD Governing Council. Japan recognizes that this meeting is an important opportunity to promote IFAD’s efforts on international agricultural and rural development through the Appointment of the President of IFAD and the Establishment of the Consultation on the Eleventh Replenishment of IFAD's Resources. Japan puts particular emphasis on three pillars in promoting agricultural and rural development in partnership with the IFAD, namely,
- support to increase agricultural production and improve productivity,
- to establish the Food Value Chain through the public-private partnerships, and
- to builde sustainable society through efforts to improve food security and nutrition.
First, support to increase agricultural production and improve productivity in developing countries. As the world population is growing rapidly, increase in food production is a global issue in terms of food security. Given such situation, for example, Japan has supported efforts on the Coalition for African Rice Development(CARD) initiative, established under the TICAD¿ framework in 2008. Japan expressed its intention to continue its support for CARD on the occasion of TICAD in 2013.
Second, establishment of the Food Value Chain (FVC) through the public–private partnerships. We recognize that it is important to see the whole of the FVC and to promote improving value-addition, looking at the market, in order to connect outcomes of development project in the fields of agriculture, forestry and fisheries to increase in the farmers’ income. This will lead to generating chain of value addition centering on food through connecting all phases from production, processing, distribution to consumption while enhancing value addition in each phase. From this perspective, Japan sets out “quality growth” and poverty eradication through such growth as one of its priority issues in its Development Cooperation Charter, which is the foundation of Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) policy. Japan will contribute to develop agriculture, forestry and fisheries including development of food value chains.
Third, building a sustainable and resilient society through efforts to improve food security and nutrition. The Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) was held in Kenya, for the first time in Africa, in August last year. IFAD is one of the ten members of steering committee of the Initiative for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa (IFNA), established under the TICAD¿ framework in 2016. Japan appreciates IFAD’s contribution to the past TICAD process, including financial support to our initiative.
Lastly, Consultations on the Eleventh Replenishment of IFAD’s Resource will be held this year. In this consultation, which is the first Replenishment of IFAD’s Resource since the adoption of “the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” at the United Nations General Assembly, Japan expects fruitful discussion not only on the direction of IFAD business but also on the way to enhance IFAD’s presence at the international level through making best use of its activity of increasing smallholder farmers’ income in rural area, which is core mandate of IFAD, based on “Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs)”. Japan will continue to contribute actively to achieve international development goals such as ending poverty, ensuring food security and nutrition through close partnerships with IFAD.
Thank you very much.