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Former JIRCAS Fellow Du Zhumei Receives the 2022 Japanese Society of Animal Science Encouragement Award

Dr. Du Zhumei, a JIRCAS Fellow in FY2019-2020 from China Agricultural University and now a faculty member of Yangzhou University, received the 2022 Japanese Society of Animal Science Encouragement Award at the 130th annual meeting held at Tokyo University of Agriculture on September 14-17, 2022.

Ceremony for the Completion of the SATREPS Madagascar Project

A ceremony to celebrate the completion of the FyVary Project (Breakthrough in nutrient use efficiency for rice by genetic improvement and fertility sensing techniques in Africa), under the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), was held on September 8, 2022 at the Hotel Colbert in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

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    619. Report on TICAD 8 Side Event “Managing African Soil for Food Security and Environmental Sustainability”

    The TICAD 8 official side event “Managing African Soil for Food Security and Environmental Sustainability” was successfully held on August 30, 2022. A report on the event has now been uploaded to the JIRCAS website.

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    616. Elucidating the Actual State of High-Temperature Sterility in Rice Through International Monitoring Network

    As global warming progresses, there is concern about the decline in productivity and quality of paddy rice due to heat-induced sterility caused by exposure of the spikelets to high temperatures during flowering. A research group including JIRCAS has established an international open-field rice monitoring network (MINCERnet) covering 11 countries around the world to accumulate and analyze data from paddy fields under various climatic conditions. The research group identified that heat-induced sterility can be uniformly evaluated by using panicle temperature at the time of flowering, rather than ambient air temperature as an indicator. This evaluation method will improve the accuracy of predicting heat-induced sterility around the world and enable appropriate countermeasures to be taken.
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    608. TICAD 8 Side-Event “Managing African Soil for Food Security and Environmental Sustainability” Succesfully Held

    The TICAD 8 official side-event “Managing African Soil for Food Security and Environmental Sustainability” was successfully held yesterday, August 30, 2022. A fruitful discussion was held on the role of agronomy in solving low soil fertility and nutrient deficiencies faced by small-scale farmers in Africa. We will report on the details later.
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    607. TICAD8 Official Side Event Today

    At the 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8) held in Tunisia on August 27-28, the Japanese government positioned Africa as “a partner for growing together" and expressed its commitment to focus on “investment in people” and “quality of growth”. At the opening ceremony, the President of Senegal spoke of the need to expand food and agricultural production and value chains, and expressed his expectations for a win-win relationship in technology transfer, human resource utilization, and public-private partnerships between Japan and the continent, as well as for solving issues through innovation in order to fully utilize the potential of each country. From 5:00 PM today, the online event "Managing African Soil for Food Security and Environmental Sustainability" will finally be held.

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    606. TICAD8 Official Side Event "Managing African Soil for Food Security and Environmental Sustainability" on Tuesday, Registration Closes at 4:00 PM Today

    Sub-Saharan Africa is dependent on agricultural imports despite having a growing agricultural sector. One of the reasons for this is the low fertility and diversity of soil types, and overcoming this constraint requires a solid understanding of soil properties and the development of technologies that can both improve crop productivity and soil conservation. Tomorrow's online event, "Managing African Soil for Food Security and Environmental Sustainability”, will discuss the challenges of soil fertility and poor nutrient soil management with private and NGO stakeholders.