Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences | JIRCAS

Environment and Natural Resource Management

Development of agricultural technologies for sustainable management of the environment and natural resources in developing regions

Climate change and environmental degradation have been escalating on a global scale. This program copes with these issues by developing and demonstrating technologies jointly with research institutes and extension organizations in Asian and African countries as well as local farmers involved.

Regarding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agricultural activities, the development of agricultural systems that reduce methane emissions and attain better carbon balance will be promoted through the introduction a water-saving irrigation scheme in paddy fields and through effective linkage of crop and livestock systems.

New technologies will be elaborated to reduce crop damage caused by extreme phenomena such as floods and erratic rainfall. In vulnerable regions where land degradation is accelerated and problem soils have expanded, technologies that sustain stable crop yield, in terms of crop improvement, cropping techniques, and soil and water management at a watershed scale, will be developed. The dissemination models will be proposed and demonstrated to apply these new technologies into target areas.

The development of breeding materials with enhanced biological nitrification inhibition (BNI) ability will be endeavored for more effective utilization of nitrogen fertilizer and to reduce nitrous oxide (N2O) gas emissions chiefly from cropping uplands and grasslands.

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フィリピン稲研究所の季刊誌でWeRise(季節予報による天水稲作向けの意思決定システム)が紹介されました

PhilRice Magazine Article Introduces WeRise

2020-04-22

An article in the PhilRice Magazine, a quarterly publication of Philippine Rice Research Institute, introduced the JIRCAS efforts on WeRise to a wide range of readers including rice researchers and farmers in the Philippines and other countries.

南雲生産環境・畜産領域長が、ブルキナファソ国立科学技術研究センター所長から感謝状を授与されました。

Certificate of Appreciation from the Director of Burkina Faso’s National Institute of Science and Technology

2020-03-13

The Director of Burkina Faso’s National Institute of Science and Technology (CNSRT) presented a certificate of appreciation to Dr. NAGUMO Fujio, Director of Crop, Livestock and Environment Division, in recognition of the joint research projects of JIRCAS that contribute to research in science and technology and human resource development in the country.

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    6. Climate Change and Global Food Production Crisis - Call for Sustainable Resource Management Technology

    In 2019, the world’s leading international organizations warned that climate change and environmental degradation are progressing more than expected. Along with the negative impact of environmental degradation and climate change on agriculture, it should be noted that agriculture is one of the major contributors to these global problems. Agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU) activities accounted for 23% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and changes in these activities are also major causes of loss of biodiversity. In order to achieve food and nutrition security while avoiding irreversible risks in the future, it is necessary to develop and disseminate AFOLU to minimize the negative impacts on climate change and the environment. JIRCAS aims to realize sustainable integration of agriculture and contribute to climate change issues through technological development that improves productivity while sustainably and stably utilizing agricultural resources such as water, soil and fertilizer.