2019 JIRCAS Report
The “Plant Phenotyping x Engineering Ideathon” meeting was held at JIRCAS on Aug 26-27, 2019 in collaboration with the Japan Plant Phenotyping Network (JPPN) and supported by Agri-Air Co., Ltd.
The Governor of the Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR), Dr. Chutima Eamchotchawalit, visited JIRCAS on September 3, 2019 and met with JIRCAS President Masa Iwanaga and executive staff to explore potential collaboration that would contribute on agricultural production and food value chain.
JIRCAS Participates in TICAD7 Symposium on “The Power of Boosting Africa for the Future of Food and Agriculture”
JIRCAS participated in the symposium on “The Power of Boosting Africa for the Future of Food and Agriculture”, an official side event of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7 organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), held at the Pacifico Yokohama on August 28, 2019.
Dr. Nur Abdi, Manager of Agricultural Global Practices of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), visited JIRCAS on August 29, 2019.
The Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Dr. Matthew K. Morell, visited JIRCAS on August 29, 2019, with Mr. Oliver B. Frith, Head of IRRI Business Development Office.
A bilateral meeting between Minister Lucien Ranarivelo of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Madagascar and JIRCAS President, Dr. Masa Iwanaga was held on August 30, 2019 for discussions on areas of research cooperation useful for further agricultural development of Madagascar in the future.
A meeting between JIRCAS Pres. Masa Iwanaga and Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Governor of the African Development Bank (AfDB) was held on August 30, 2019.
As a member of the steering committee of the Initiative for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa (IFNA), JIRCAS participated in the high-level meeting of IFNA under the framework of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), held on August 27, 2019 as a side event of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7).
The President of the Republic of Niger, Mr. Issoufou Mahamadou met with JIRCAS President, Dr. Masa Iwanaga on August 27, 2019 for a bilateral discussion on collaborations that are useful for agricultural development to achieve food security in Niger.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) organized a seminar on the current status of agricultural research in Africa on August 26, 2019. The seminar was in conjunction with the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) to be held in Yokohama on August 28-30, 2019.
Two Erianthus varieties jointly developed by JIRCAS and the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), namely, JES1 (No. 27533) and JEC1 (No. 27534), and which are suitable for production of biomass fuels, have been registered.
Two soybean varieties resistant to Asian soybean rust disease jointly developed by JIRCAS and CETAPAR have been registered as JFNC 1 and JFNC 2 in the Republic of Paraguay.
JIRCAS signs Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA
Dr. Yasunari Fujita and Dr. Kyonoshin Maruyama, senior researchers in the Biological Resources and Post-harvest Division, were again named to the global “Highly Cited Researchers” list in the Plant and Animal Science category, as reported by Clarivate Analytics.
The "cut soiler," a new subsoil breaker introduced and operated in northern states of India under the collaboration project of JIRCAS and the Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI), was featured in The Tribune, an Indian e-newspaper on July 4, 2019.