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Stable Agricultural Production

Technology development for stable production of agricultural products in the tropics and other adverse environments

Aimed toward promoting food production and improving nutrition in the world including Africa, this program seeks to develop technologies and verify them in the fields through collaborative research with local institutions and international research centers especially in developing regions including the tropics where productivity potential has not been maximized because of low fertility or adverse environments.

The program also aims to disseminate the developed technologies to crop scientists/ plant breeders, government officials, and farmers by preparing manuals or explanatory articles. More specifically, the following priority research will be carried out:

In Africa, technologies that utilize the diversity of food crop genetic resources will be developed. Crop breeding materials that adapt to unfavorable environments, have high productivity, and cater to local preferences will be also developed. Cropping and raising systems will be improved through efficient utilization of local resources including water and organic matter.

Basic technologies will be developed toward the breeding of highly productive crops to be able to cope with adverse conditions including low soil fertility, drought, and salinity. Furthermore, new breeding materials including high biomass crops will be developed, evaluated, and applied in the fields of developing countries.

Toward the control of insect pests and diseases migrating to and expanding in our country, control and prevention methods will be developed based on ecological studies of migrating insect pests or vector insects. Crop cultivars resistant to diseases will be developed using the research networks that have been established by JIRCAS.

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JIRCAS Researcher Receives the 24th Japanese Society of Crop Science Young Scientist Award


Dr. Iseki Kotaro, Researcher of the Biological Resources and Post-harvest Division received the 24th Japanese Society of Crop Science Research Award for his research on agronomic evaluation of plant genetic resources for improvement of productivity in Asian and African regions with poor environment.

JIRCAS Concludes Collaborative Research Agreement with Bolivia’s UMSA and PROINPA


The joint research between JIRCAS and Bolivia’s Higher University of San Andres (UMSA) and PROINPA was concluded with the signing of a Collaborative Research Agreement (CRA) held at the UMSA Headquarters in La Paz, Bolivia on March 9, 2020.



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    5.Technology development for stable production of agricultural products in the tropics and other adverse environments

    In developing regions such as the sub-Saharan Africa, agricultural production potential has not been fully realized due to poor soil fertility and adverse environmental conditions. Many smallholder farmers in these areas are not consuming massive quantity of water and chemical fertilizers, thus least contributors to climate change, yet are predicted to suffer most from extreme weather events. To end poverty and hunger, it is extremely important to accelerate technological development to enhance stable food production especially in tropical regions where soil and water resources are poor. JIRCAS is pursuing the development of sustainable agricultural technologies in developing regions such as Africa in order to increase productivity and improve food security.