JIRCAS Report 2019
Dr. OMAE Hide (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. MATSUDA Hiroshi (Researcher) and Dr. TAKARAGAWA Hiroo (Postdoctoral Researcher) were also conferred with the “Promotional Award for Achievement in Tropical Agriculture”.
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.
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.
The year 2020 marks the 50th year since the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) was first established as the Tropical Agriculture Research Center (TARQ) in June 1970. As part of the celebration of this milestone, a commemorative logo has been created to be used throughout 2020.
A group of 14 second-year students from the Department of International Development Studies, College of Bioresource Sciences, Nihon University visited JIRCAS on February 13, 2020 as part of the spring training to broaden their understanding of international research on agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and to help them determine the themes of seminars for the next academic year.
The Deputy Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Dr. Daniel Gustafson, visited JIRCAS on January 23, 2020 and held discussions with JIRCAS President Dr. IWANAGA Masa on a wide range of topics including common areas of concern to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as global food and nutrition security and addressing climate change.
Ambassador Carlos Pere of the Republic of Panama visited JIRCAS on January 14, 2020. President Iwanaga and Ambassador Pele exchanged views on partnerships in technological cooperation and potential for improving research capacity.
JIRCAS President Dr. IWANAGA Masa attended the 9th annual Council Meeting of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) held in Denpasar, Indonesia on October 6-7, 2019.
The SATREPS project “Breakthrough in nutrient use efficiency for rice by genetic improvement and fertility sensing techniques in Africa (FY VARY Project)” organized a workshop, which also served as the mid-term evaluation of the project, at the Hotel Colbert in Antananarivo, Madagascar on December 12, 2019.
A delegation from the Faculty of Economics, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand, including Dr. Suwimon Hengpatana (Assistant Dean), Dr. Hiroyuki Konuma (Visiting Professor), Dr. Nantarat Tangvitoontham (Assistant Professor) and graduate school students, visited JIRCAS on November 28, 2019.
JIRCAS Sub-Project Leader, Dr. Taro Izumi participated in the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) and related workshops held from December 2 to 15, 2019 in Madrid, Spain.