[Two People from Sapporo Were Awarded the 14th JICA President Award (Dr. Riichiro Iizawa and Dr. Hiromu Okada)](Followed by English translation)


JICAでは、毎年、国際協力事業を通じて開発途上国の人材育成や社会発展に多大な貢献をされた個人・団体に対し、その功績を讃え、表彰しています。第14回を迎える2018年度は、全国で49個人・団体に「JICA理事長賞」を授与いたしました。このうちJICA札幌が管轄する地域からは、飯澤理一郎氏(北海道大学名誉教授/一般社団法人 北海道地域農業研究所所長)、岡田弘氏(北海道大学名誉教授/特定非営利活動法人 環境防災総合政策研究機構北海道支部理事)の2名が授賞しました。

飯澤理一郎氏(北海道大学名誉教授/一般社団法人 北海道地域農業研究所所長)



岡田弘氏(北海道大学名誉教授/特定非営利活動法人 環境防災総合政策研究機構北海道支部理事)



Dr. Riichiro Iizawa and Dr. Hiromu Okada award the 14th JICA President Award. ()]

Every year, JICA commends the accomplishments of individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to human resource development and social development in developing countries through international cooperation projects. In FY2018, 49 individuals and organizations from were awarded the 14th JICA President Award.
Two people from Hokkaido region won the award: Dr. Riichiro Iizawa (Professor Emeritus of Hokkaido University, Director of the Hokkaido Regional Agricultural Institute) and Dr. Hiromu Okada (Professor Emeritus of Hokkaido University, Director at the Hokkaido Branch of the Crisis & environment Management Policy Institute (CeMI; a specified nonprofit organization)).

Dr. Riichiro Iizawa worked to set up the following seminars and to be the course leader for each of these training courses;
- Seminar on Agricultural and Rural Development (2003-2011) group training course
- Seminar on Agricultural and Rural Development country-specific training course for Mozambique (2011-)
- Integrated Agriculture and Rural Development through the Participation of Local Farmers (2012-) issue-specific training course
Totaled 268 people from countries in Asia, Africa, Central and South America, the Middle East, and Oceania accepted to these courses upto October 2018. He constantly provides forward-looking instruction, thereby eliciting the enthusiasm of his many participants. And his approach of respecting their inclinations has resulted in numerous participants with a sense of respect for him, where they then engage in agricultural and rural development in their respective countries and regions.
Dr. Iizawa incorporates agricultural experience of Hokkaido in his training courses. He has introduced case examples of regional initiatives, such as the case of Ebetsu City which is achieved regional development via wheat, Horokanai Town which is promoting regional development via soba. In addition to developing human resources in the agricultural sector over many years, he has also contributed to promoting understanding of international cooperation among officials within the prefecture through his training courses.

Dr. Hiromu Okada is well known as “Mount Usu’s attending physician” for accurately predicting a volcanic eruption of Mt. Usu in 2000 (Mt. Usu is one of the active volcano in Hokkaido). He has worked to prevent volcanic disasters over many years. Based on this wealth of knowledge, he served as the course leader for Volcanic Disaster Prevention and Management for Central and South American Countries, a JICA issue-specific training course, for ten years starting from 2009. He has contributed to human resource development in the field of volcanic disaster prevention for various countries throughout Central and South America by conveying experiences of volcanic eruptions, particularly those from Mt. Usu in Hokkaido. Dr. Okada had instructed 90 participants from nine countries up to 2018. They are still playing active roles in the field of volcanic disaster prevention in their home countries. For example, numerous returned participants took command on the frontlines when the volcanic eruption of Volcán de Fuego occurred in Guatemala in June 2018. The teachings of Dr. Okada, who has continued to learn from the past (on such topics as awareness-raising activities led by residents rooted in local communities and coordination with disaster prevention-related agencies), have solidly taken root among the engineers/researchers in the disaster prevention field in the countries of Central and South America. The returned participants still call him “sensei” and hold him in high regard.