[2021 Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers (Japan Award)] Announcement of Awardees and 15th Commendation Ceremony

"Since 2007, this annual award has been organized by the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council (AFFRC), MAFF and supported by JIRCAS. The Japan Award is given to young agricultural researchers from overseas who have made outstanding achievements or achieved outstanding research results that will lead to future technological innovations, with the aim of further motivating young researchers to contribute to research and development on agriculture, forestry, fisheries and related industries in developing regions.  

The purpose of Japan Award is to increase motivation among young researchers contributing to research and development in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and related industries in developing countries.

The candidates are young researchers from a developing country who have shown outstanding performance in research and development in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, or related industries .

  1. Every year, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council (AFFRC) selects three young
  2. researchers who have shown outstanding research achievements that will lead to future technological innovation as awardees.

Considering the current situation under the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s awarding ceremony will be  filmed in advance and broadcasted on Tuesday, November 16, 2021."

(Including speeches by last year's awardees)
Organized by

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Tuesday, November 16th, 2021, 15:00~ 17:00(JST)
Registration period
2021(The 15th) Awardees
(Age*, Gender, Nationality)
 Research Achievement
Sahadev SHARMA
(39, Male, Indian)
University of Malaya (Malaysia)
Mangrove forest blue carbon research for effective nature-based solutions to mitigate climate change in Asia Pacific region
(30, Female, Egyptian)
Benha University (Egypt)
Establishment of a novel diagnostic test for Bovine leukaemia virus infection using direct filter PCR
James Seutra KABA
(38, Male, Ghanaians)
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana)
Nitrogen nutrition of cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) in intercropping systems with gliricidia (Gliricidia sepium (Jacq.) Kunth ex Walp.)

* Age is as of January 1, 2021


2020(The 14th) Awardees
Name(Age*, Nationality)
Research Achievement
Dr. Saraswathipura Lakshmaiah KRISHNAMURTHY (39, India)
Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (ICAR-CSSRI)
Development of salt-tolerant rice varieties through conventional and molecular breeding approaches
Dr. Kwanrawee SIRIKANCHANA (39, Thailand)
Chulabhorn Research Institute
Novel microbial tools to distinguish fecal pollution sources from livestock for effective agricultural watershed management
Dr. Edmore GASURA (37, Zimbabwe)
University of Zimbabwe
Strengthening quality protein maize resilience and utilization as nutritious food and feed in rural areas of Zimbabwe

* Age is as of January 1, 2020



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