The Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) was established in October 1993, with the reorganization of its predecessor, the Tropical Agriculture Research Center (TARC).

Two years have already passed since the five-year Fifth Medium to Long-term Target started in April 2021. As mandated by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the 5th Target reaffirmed the noble mission of JIRCAS as Japan’s leading international research institute in the field of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, to enhance agriculture, forestry, and fisheries technology in the world including Japan, and to contribute to the advancement of sustainable agriculture, forestry, and fisheries, towards the accomplishment of the government policy such as the Basic Plan for Food, Agriculture and Rural Areas. To meet this target, the following tasks are prioritized in order to contribute in solving global food and environmental issues.