JIRCAS International Symposium 2015 Why “Quality” Matters in International Agriculture Research? (4th Announcement)

JIRCAS has been organizing the JIRCAS International Symposium, an annual meeting where experts discuss a subject based around themes of central importance in international agricultural research. The symposium presentations and discussions specifically deal with research topics that are aimed at solving problems in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and related industries towards sustainable development in developing countries.

In this symposium, we will showcase some highlights of JIRCAS international research collaborations implemented under the current mid-term plan covering FY2011-2015 and other studies by our research partners while considering how these researches relate to ‘quality.’ Finally, we will identify the future direction of international agricultural research and the steps that must be taken in order to contribute towards high ‘quality’ development.

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Organized by

Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences

Co-organized by

Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, UNU

In cooperation with

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council Secretariat, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Japan International Cooperation Agency

Japanese Society of Regional and Agricultural Development

Japan Forum on International Agricultural Research for Sustainable Development

Date
2015-10-28(Wed)
Place

U Thant International Conference Hall, United Nations University (53-70, Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan)

Program
Objectives

JIRCAS has been organizing the JIRCAS International Symposium, an annual meeting where experts discuss a subject based around themes of central importance in international agricultural research. The symposium presentations and discussions specifically deal with research topics that are aimed at solving problems in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and related industries towards sustainable development in developing countries.

Recently, in addition to well-known international development ‘keywords’ such as ‘climate change,’ ‘food security,’ and ‘poverty alleviation,’ international groups have also been paying attention to several new and relevant keywords such as ‘nutrition security,’ ‘establishment of food value chains,’ ‘resilience’ and ‘inclusive development.’ These emerging keywords focus on the qualitative development, rather than the quantitative expansion of the economy as represented by GDP growth rates.

JIRCAS International Symposium 2015, therefore, will focus on ‘quality,’ which is a common factor of these emerging keywords in international development.

In research, we recognize ‘quality’ to mean not only the quality of research outputs but also development objectives and the quality of research approaches such as promoting trilateral cooperation (e.g., a south-south cooperation involving a developed country), strengthening linkages between public research institutes and private companies, and transferring research output to the users.

In this symposium, we will showcase some highlights of JIRCAS international research collaborations implemented under the current mid-term plan covering FY2011-2015 and other studies by our research partners while considering how these researches relate to ‘quality.’ Finally, we will identify the future direction of international agricultural research and the steps that must be taken in order to contribute towards high ‘quality’ development.

Keynote Speeches (10:00-)

“Harnessing agricultural biodiversity for improved nutritional quality, more effective climate change adaptation and better rural livelihoods”
M. Ann Tutwiler(Director General, Bioversity International)

“Why the Quality of Growth Matter? - from JICA’s experiences”
Ichiro Tambo (Director, JICA Research Institute)

Session 1: Researches for climate-resilient and sustainable agriculture (11:50-)

“To establish an agricultural system which harmonizes human life with the environment through smart use of rural resources in a regional environment - JIRCAS’s climate change initiatives for the Mekong Delta, Vietnam”
Yasukazu Hosen (Crop, Livestock and Environment Division, JIRCAS)

“Conservation agriculture as a climate change resilient option – Case studies in Asia and Africa”
Yuji Niino (Land Management Officer, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific)

Session 2: Approaches to enhance stable food production and consumption in Africa (14:00-)

“A way to strengthen the role of cowpea in West Africa”
Satoru Muranaka (Tropical Agriculture Research Front, JIRCAS)

“Responding to consumers’ preference in African rice markets: Experiences of Africa Rice Center”
Rose Edwige Fiamohe (AfricaRice)

Session 3: Evaluation of the various uses of indigenous resources and establishment of value chains in Asia (15:00-)

“Uses of Non-Timber Forest Products in Lao PDR and their values”
Kenichiro Kimura (JIRCAS)

“Effort in Thailand for value chain establishment and international collaboration”
Patcharee Tungtrakul (Director, IFRPD, Kasetsart University)

Program details, registration procedures, and other information will be announced at a later date on this website.

Others: The commendation Ceremony of the Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers 2015 will be held at the same venue on October 27 (Tuesday) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm.

Registration period
Registration
Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences
Telephone
+81-29-838-6708
FAX
+81-29-838-6337
Notice
Early registration was closed at October 23, 2015. Registration are being accepted at the venue on the day. Others: The commendation Ceremony of the Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers 2015 will be held at the same venue on Oct.
Registration fee
Free
Update

1st Announcement: 22 June 2015

2nd Announcement: 24 July 2015

Keynote Speeches and title of sessions were fixed.

Venue fixed: U Thant International Conference Hall, United Nations University

3rd Announcement: 28 Sep. 2015

Registration is open. Please use the registration form.

4th Announcement: 16 Oct. 2015

Programe fixed.

Language

English (Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation)

Proceedings (2007-2014) and detail of past symposium

JIRCAS International Symposium Proceedings

Detail of past symposium

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