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.
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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.
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.
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Registration period:2019-07-12 17:00 - 2019-07-31 17:00Place:JIRCAS International Conference Room (1-1 Ohwashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, JAPAN)
Place:ICRAF (Nairobi, Kenya)
he World Agroforestry (ICRAF) published a book entitled “Climate-Smart Agriculture: Enhancing Resilient Agricultural Systems, Landscapes, and Livelihoods in Ethiopia and Beyond” with the aim of compiling climate-smart technologies and practices towards achieving increased productivity and enhanced resilience to climate change, and to provide guidance for academic, policy, research, outreach and development stakeholders in applying climate-smart technologies.
The Global Risk Report 2020 published by the World Economic Forum indicate that the top five global risks in terms of likelihood are all environmental including extreme weather events (floods, storms etc.), failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation, human-made environmental damage and disasters (oil spills, radioactive contamination etc.), major natural disasters (earthquake, tsunami, volcanic eruption, geomagnetic storms etc.), and major biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse. The report also emphasized the need for integrated solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges, policymakers to balance economic growth with the protection of the earth, and the private sector to refer to scientific knowledge to avoid catastrophic losses in the future.
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International organization UN Environment Program Emissions Gap Report 2019The 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.
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.
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