Dr. Hide Omae (TARF Director) received the “Award for Academic Excellence in Tropical Agriculture” from the Japanese Society for Tropical Agriculture (JSTA) on March 17, 2020. In addition, Dr. Hiroshi Matsuda (Researcher) and Dr. Hiroo Takaragawa (Postdoctoral Researcher) were also conferred with the “Promotional Award for Achievement in Tropical Agriculture”.
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.
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.
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.
Certificate of Appreciation from the Director of Burkina Faso’s National Institute of Science and Technology
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.
TAKENAKA Koichi (Senior Researcher, Rural Development Division) and Dr. NISHIGAKI Tomohiro (Researcher, Crop, Livestock and Environment Division) of JIRCAS were invited at a ceremony held on February 21, 2020 to promote the water and soil conservation project in Tsada Naele community, Kilte Awlaelo district, Tigray regional state, Ethiopia.
JIRCAS President Dr. Iwanaga was appointed as member of the FAO Director-General's Advisory Group and participated in the first meeting held at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy on February 25-26, 2020. Pres. Iwanaga provided advice and recommendations to FAO based on JIRCAS research activities in developing regions, and the technologies and experience of the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industry in Japan.
The 9th G20 Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists (G20 MACS) was held in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia on the 18th and 19th of February 2020. JIRCAS President, Dr. IWANAGA Masa, who served as chair of the 8th G20 MACS held in Tokyo last year, participated in the meeting with representatives from the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council Secretariat of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
The Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) is now accepting applications for fixed-term employment of young researchers.
Two second-year students from Shiba Junior High School (Minato-ku, Tokyo) interested in learning about research activities addressing Africa’s food problems visited JIRCAS on February 14, 2020.
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