Together for our food and planetary health
President, Osamu KOYAMA
The first year of the 5-year Fifth Medium to Long-term Plan, which started in April 2021, has passed. As mandated by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the 5th Plan redefined 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 on 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.
(1) Effective and intensive implementation of research and development
- Towards solving global scale issues, JIRCAS strengthens efforts aiming at the construction of resilient and sustainable system which harmonizes with the environment and mitigates the effects of climate change, and technology development aiming at increasing productivity and resilience to address severe food and nutrition problems. Along with changing international circumstances, JIRCAS also prioritizes on target areas mainly in Asia and Africa.
(2) Enhancement of function as a core center
- As the national opinion leader on global food and environment problems, JIRCAS enhances its core center function by collecting and analyzing information on agriculture, forestry and fisheries in developing regions and tropical and sub-tropical regions, as well as the global food system which has become complex and diversified, and for broader dissemination of multi-dimensional information domestically and globally.
The first year of realizing these tasks has not been a smooth journey due to restrictions in travel and other activities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as political unrest in some of our target research countries. However, the implementation of research activities has been carried out almost according to plan, due to the relationship of trust with the joint research institutes and the ingenuity of the JIRCAS staff, and many research results have been produced.
In addition, following the government's formulation in May last year of the “Strategy for Sustainable Food Systems, Measures for achievement of Decarbonization and Resilience with Innovation (MeaDRI)”, which aims to achieve both sustainability and productivity through innovation, an international symposium was held in November to stimulate international discussions. From FY2022, we have also decided to start a new project with the purpose of promoting this strategy, such as disseminating information by establishing a system for international cooperation and promoting the application of related technologies utilizing networks.
Under the slogan of “Together for our food and planetary health”, JIRCAS is systematically promoting its work by establishing a medium to long-term plan, annual plans, programs and projects in order to achieve its medium to long-term goals. Although the global issues that must be addressed are difficult, and the road to our goals is not smooth, we shall always be aware of our mission as a public institution using national budget, and we will strive to work together to create new values for the common good of humanity. We look forward to your continued support and cooperation.
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