JIRCAS Report - Ghana
Dr. Satoshi Nakamura, researcher of the Crop, Livestock and Environment Division, received the “Best Paper Award” from the Japanese Society for Tropical Agriculture for his paper entitled “Soil Fertility Management for Sustainable Lowland Rice Production in Ghana - Farmer's Perspectives and Soil Physicochemical Properties - ” published in the journal Tropical Agriculture and Development.
Workshop “Collaborative Research Activities of JIRCAS in Ghana -Technologies to enhance rice production and to improve Savanna agriculture in Africa with various approaches-”
JIRCAS organized a workshop titled “Collaborative Research Activities of JIRCAS in Ghana -Technologies to enhance rice production and to improve Savanna agriculture in Africa with various approaches-” on 27th September 2012 to celebrate the third anniversary of the JIRCAS-Africa Liaison Office in Accra, Ghana. The workshop began with a presentation outlining its main research activities, followed by the introduction of individual research activities by JIRCAS and other related projects in Ghana. It was attended by many researchers from JIRCAS as well as from related organizations based in Ghana.
JIRCAS has implemented four research projects in Ghana during these three years of collaboration (from July 2009) with African countries. These projects are as follows: (i) Development of improved infrastructure and technologies for rice production in Africa (DIITRPA); (ii) Improvement of soil fertility with use of indigenous resources in rice systems of Sub-Saharan Africa; (iii) Development of low-input rice cultivation system in flood-plains in Africa (FPR, as a feasibility study) and (iv) Development of fish farming in Africa.
First International Workshop on "Sawah" Eco-techonology and Rice Farming in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
The Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) has been conducting a research study since 2008 on, “Development of Improved Infrastructure and Technologies for Rice Production in Africa (DIITRPA)”, a project financially supported by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan.