Regional Workshop [03]

Comparing Agricultural Cooperatives in Zimbabwe and Japan: Against the Current of Globalization

By Rangarirai Gavin Muchetu, Doshisha University and Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies

Date: 20 December, Friday

Time: 16:30 – 18:00

Place: Doshisha University, Karasuma Campus (Shiko-kan Building), SK地4 (underground seminar room no. 4)


Concept: Mr. Muchetu is a Zimbabwean scholar of agrarian studies who has conducted comprehensive fieldwork in a cattle-breeding collective in Osaka, a vegetable-growing cooperative in Chiba and a regional JA cooperative in Shiga in the past three years. There has been almost no African specialist of Japanese agriculture, and Mr. Muchetu is the one. He has completed his Ph.D. dissertation that crystallizes critical lessons of the Japanese experience for the development of agricultural cooperatives in Zimbabwe. The two countries underwent radical land reforms that created a lot of small-holders in the countryside. Despite different historical and geographic circumstances, cooperatives in the two countries also face similar challenges in the vortex of neoliberal globalization. Mr. Muchetu will talk about the lessons of the Zimbabwean experience for the future of Japanese agriculture as well.   


The workshop will be followed by a year-end party at R.M.Asili Cafe & Dining, an authentic African restaurant in the south of Kyoto, starting from 19:00 pm.

Booking essential for the Year-End Party:

Please write to Prof. Yoichi Mine: <> by 16 December