(L to R) Arakawa with Peng, a volunteer at the Presbyterian Ministry to the UN, and Myah, a delegate from Myanmar. She words for the Kaya Phu Baptist Association.

 Arakawa, from the Asian Rural Institute, spoke on rural farming in Japan and the empowerment of women farmers.  Of special interest is the emphasis on organic farming in Japan, which young farming couples are able to organize into productive enterprises.

Watch Karen Neely’s reflection on this event below.  If you are interested in more information on this topic, Karen recommends Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods, and  Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology by MIT grad Eric Brende.