Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences | JIRCAS

Information Analysis

Collection, analysis and dissemination of information for grasping trends of international agriculture, forestry and fisheries

The law stipulates that JIRCAS must conduct two major tasks: the first is “to collect, analyze and disseminate domestic and overseas data of the agricultural, forestry and fishery industries in developing regions” and the second is “to carry out technical trials, research and investigation for agriculture, forestry and fisheries in developing regions”.

The first task is very essential in providing useful information to national and international researchers or people concerned with the technological advances and economic development of the agricultural, forestry and fishery industries. It is also important in promoting high quality research in more efficient ways. Specifically, the following will be carried out during the 4th mid-term plan period:

  • In order to solve international food and environmental problems, an analysis of the status quo and a forecast of world food supply/demand, nutrient condition and food systems will be conducted. The outcomes and impacts of our research outputs will be analyzed.
  • In order to contribute to agricultural research and development and policy implementation like the Global Food Value Chain (GFVC) initiative, collaborations with related organizations in and out of the country will be promoted and JIRCAS researchers will be sent to target areas to continuously collect information and knowledge about international food, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and rural development. These activities will be implemented in well-coordinated and systematic ways, and the collected information will be made widely available to researchers, administrative agencies, and companies both in Japan and overseas.
  • In order to facilitate the systematic exchange of information among related organizations in Japan, the Japan Forum on International Agricultural Research for Sustainable Development (J-FARD) will be managed.

The quality and originality of information provided by Program D will be boosted through active interaction with the other three research programs and through effective use of the JIRCAS website and seminars.

Related JIRCAS Report

JIRCAS participates in the “International Workshop on Food Loss and Waste Prevention targeting Southeast and East Asia region”


The “International Workshop on Food Loss and Waste Prevention targeting Southeast and East Asia region” organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan as the presidency holder of 2019 MACS-G20, FAO Japan, UN Environment and Thünen Institute was held from October 16 to 18, 2019 at the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan.

Michigan State University Professors Visit JIRCAS


Two distinguished professors from Michigan State University (MSU), Dr. Brad Day and Dr. James Kells, visited JIRCAS on October 2, 2019 and exchanged opinions with JIRCAS President, Dr. Masa Iwanaga, on joint research and the possibility of accepting MSU students to pursue research at JIRCAS.

Event, Symposium, Workshop


  • FAO publication on “Digital Technologies in Agriculture and Rural Areas – Status Report”

    The Food and Agriculture Organization the United Nations released a new publication identifying the impact of digital innovations and technologies in agriculture and rural areas amidst the future challenges due to increasing world population. The publication entitled “Digital Technologies in Agriculture and Rural Areas – Status Report” provides an overview of the impact of digitalization in agriculture and how it could transform the agri-food value chain.
  • International organization UN Environment Program Emissions Gap Report 2019

    The UN Environment Program (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report for 2019 warns that the global greenhouse gas emissions must fall by 7.6 per cent each year between 2020 and 2030 so that the world will remain on track towards the 1.5°C temperature target under the Paris Agreement and control the impact of climate change.
  • International organization World Meteorological Organization Bulletin on the State of Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere Based on Global Observations through 2018

    The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released the Greenhouse Gas Bulletin on the State of Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere Based on Global Observations through 2018, showing that the global average concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O) in the atmosphere are 147%, 259% and 123% of pre-industrial levels, respectively.
  • International organization Overview of IRENA publication “Advanced Bioduels: What holds them back?”

    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released a publication entitled “Advanced Bioduels: What holds them back?” with detailed analyses on the impediments to current investment in advanced liquid biofuels in line with the call for a fivefold increase in consumption in 2050.
  • International organization Chief of World Agroforestry’s Programme Development presents seminar in Tokyo

    Ms Cathy Watson, Chief of Programme Development at the World Agroforestry (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya gave a presentation entitled “Agroforestry as a nature-based solution”, at a seminar held in Tokyo on November 11, 2019, providing updates on agroforestry, forestry research for development (R4D), drivers, and game-changers with specific examples from developing countries.