As reported in Japan recently, a major hamburger chain has decided to temporarily suspend the sale of some of its French fries products starting on the 24th of this month. Although Canada's potato production was bumper compared to the previous year, record rains that hit western Canada in November disrupted the transport infrastructure to the ports and slowed down exports. This is a symbolic event that shows that the global food system is extremely interconnected.
A few days ago, we introduced the key messages of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's report entitled “The State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture - Systems at breaking point (SOLAW 2021)”. Here are some of the key facts about land and water from the report.
443. Field Crops Research Special Issue on Sustainable Productivity Enhancement of Rice-based Farming Systems in Africa
442. Workshop on “Effects of Climate Change and the Spread of COVID-19 on Food Supply and Demand - Food Security under Uncertainty” Goes Online Today
The JIRCAS-CCFS Society Workshop “Effects of Climate Change and the Spread of COVID-19 on Food Supply and Demand - Food Security under Uncertainty” goes online today (December 17) at 11:30 AM JST. We hope you will join us.
439. Video of Symposium “Fruits and Vegetables – Research and Action Opportunities for Human and Planetary Health” Now Available
On December 6, 2021, JIRCAS, in collaboration with the FAO Liaison Office in Japan, held a successful online symposium on "Fruits and Vegetables – Research and Action Opportunities for Human and Planetary Health”. The symposium introduced the research potential and advanced technologies for fruits and vegetables to contribute to health, development, and the environment. It also highlighted the gaps that exist in the world, particularly in developing regions, and discussed the challenges and areas where research and policy interventions are needed. An archive of the symposium is available on the JIRCAS YouTube channel.
Rice is the staple food of half the world's population, accounting for 21% of caloric intake. Its consumption is expected to continue to increase in the future. The research paper reported in Nature Communications assesses yield gap and the resource-use efficiency in 32 rice cropping systems covering half of the world's rice area to ensure adequate rice supplies worldwide in the coming decades, while minimizing negative environmental impacts.
The Tokyo Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit 2021 was held under the auspices of the Japanese Government on December 7 and 8, 2021, and the “Tokyo Compact on Global Nutrition for Growth” was issued as the outcome document. In addition, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) has also issued the “Specific Action Plans for Implementing N4G Compact by Japan's Food Stakeholders”.
435. JIRCAS-CCFS Society Workshop “Effects of Climate Change and the Spread of COVID-19 on Food Supply and Demand: Food Security under Uncertainty”
433. Symposium “Fruits and Vegetables – Research and Action Opportunities for Human and Planetary Health” is Held Online Today
This Sunday, December 5, is World Soil Day (WDS), which this year will be held under the theme of "Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity”. In the "Sustainable Land Management in Drylands" Project, which started in April 2021, we are focusing on Indo Gangetic basin in India where irrigation-induced salinization is sever. And we are trying to develop countermeasures against salinization by low-cost irrigation and drainage technology which farmers can work on as part of farming activities.