Dr. Hide Omae (TARF Director) received the “Award for Academic Excellence in Tropical Agriculture” from the Japanese Society for Tropical Agriculture (JSTA) on March 17, 2020. In addition, Dr. Hiroshi Matsuda (Researcher) and Dr. Hiroo Takaragawa (Postdoctoral Researcher) were also conferred with the “Promotional Award for Achievement in Tropical Agriculture”.
An article in the PhilRice Magazine, a quarterly publication of Philippine Rice Research Institute, introduced the JIRCAS efforts on WeRise to a wide range of readers including rice researchers and farmers in the Philippines and other countries.
Pick UpOn June 2, 2020, the World Bank announced the excerpt of the analytical chapter from the Global Economic Prospects, June 2020 report before the release of the full edition on June 8. The COVID-19 is dealing a severe blow to the global economy, especially the emerging market and developing economies (EDMEs). The impact could have negative repercussions on the economy even after the worst medical crisis is over. To strengthen the future economy, policies that reflect the needs of creating new employment, business and governance systems in the post-pandemic era must be implemented.
Pick UpOn June 1, 2020, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and the Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World launched the Food Systems Dashboard, a new online tool designed to help decision makers in understanding food systems for good policymaking. The dashboard presents over 170 indicators from 35 data sources for food systems in more than 230 countries and territories, which can be used to compare and analyze the data to identify priority areas for dietary and nutritional improvement.
International Organization“Global Renewables Outlook: Energy Transformation 2050”, formerly known as “Global Energy Transformation: a roadmap to 2050”, was published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in April 2020. This comprehensive analysis outlines the investments and technologies needed to decarbonize the energy system in line with the Paris Agreement. It also explores deeper decarbonization options for the hardest sectors, aiming to eventually cut CO2 emissions to zero.
ICRAF Publishes “Climate-Smart Agriculture: Enhancing Resilient Agricultural Systems, Landscapes, and Livelihoods in Ethiopia and Beyond”The World Agroforestry (ICRAF) published a book entitled “Climate-Smart Agriculture: Enhancing Resilient Agricultural Systems, Landscapes, and Livelihoods in Ethiopia and Beyond” with the aim of compiling climate-smart technologies and practices towards achieving increased productivity and enhanced resilience to climate change, and to provide guidance for academic, policy, research, outreach and development stakeholders in applying climate-smart technologies.