TARF Open House Day 2019


The TARF Open House Day was held on June 30, 2019 featuring events and exhibitions that showcase the research activities including international collaborations that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


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.

Tropical fruit genetic resources exhibit

Sugar cane varieties and sugar tasting

Mini-lecture on climate change mitigation

Mini-lecture on making rice ready for climate change

Quiz and stamp rally

Cool and refreshing crushed ice treat

JIRCAS staff gallery of photos from around the world

Pineapple tasting

Small talk on rice grain weight and number

Wearing traditional costumes from around the world

Photoshoot with Nekken-kun mascot

Kids answering the questionnaire

Special exhibit on rice cultivation and food in India

Papaya tasting

A family enjoying the agricultural machinery exhibit

Easy lessons on soil characteristics

360 Degree View


A 360 degree view of the sugarcane exhibit