The Open House Day of the Tropical Agriculture Research Front (TARF) was held on June 30, 2019. This is the 14th time since the event was first organized in 2006. Advances in agricultural technology in developing regions are very important for Japan, where much of the daily food is supported by imports from overseas. Solving the world's agricultural problems is not possible without international cooperation. TARF also collaborates with research institutions in Africa and Southeast Asia to conduct local research on agricultural sustainability and stable production of agricultural products. Therefore, this year’s Open House Day introduced research activities of TARF that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), global research collaborations, local crops, domestic and international information through panel exhibitions, mini-lectures and demonstrations for children and adults.
A total of 730 visitors (440 adults, 298 children of elementary school age and younger) came and participated in various events including hands-on experience on various research activities of TARF. The Open House Day allowed the general public particularly the residents of Ishigaki island to learn about the activities of TARF, interact with TARF researchers and staff, deepen understanding of global issues affecting agriculture, and more importantly, to enjoy and have fun. The event was reported in the July 11, 2019 issue of Yaeyama Mainichi Newspaper.