Korea Programme on International Agriculture (KOPIA)
For the last 50 years, Korea has experienced dramatic and unprecedented transformation in the agriculture sector. In particular, the agriculture development has been driven by revolutionary technological advancement which set the once war-torn nation free from chronic famine and food shortage.
To efficiently share the experiences and knowledge with other countries, the Rural Development Administration (RDA) of the Republic of Korea launched the Korea Programme on International Agriculture (KOPIA) in 2009.
As of today, RDA has established 20 KOPIA Centres operating in partner countries in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa to deal with local and regional issues in agriculture and rural development such as food security, resource depletion and climate change. RDA researchers have been dispatched to these Centres in order to successfully implement KOPIA programmes.
KOPIA has carried out various kinds of agricultural technology cooperative projects with its partner institutions to meet the needs of each country under the slogan:
“We Love to Share What We Have Experienced”.
KOPIA activities involve:
- Developing localized technologies for partner countries through the adaptability test of Korean technologies in the agricultural fields.
- Carrying out small pilot projects at the farmer’s field to conduct the adaptability test and provide customized technologies to the farmers through demonstration trials.
- Advancing the projects at the national level to contribute to the development of agriculture with partner countries and share technologies to other KOPIA Centres.
In Zimbabwe, the KOPIA Centre is housed at the Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre (SIRDC).
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