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JIRCAS International Symposium 2019 “International research collaboration to tackle transboundary plant pests: Contributions to Sustainable Development Goals”

Related Research Program
4th Medium to Long-Term PlanStable Agricultural Production

2019-06-18

Crop damage due to plant pests is estimated to account for 20-40% of attainable yield and has become a serious threat to food security. Climate change and global warming, and globalized movement of people and commodities, are the main factors that contribute to the spread of transboundary plant pests, resulting in worsening damage to agricultural productivity. With the growing concern across all countries and regions, the G20 Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS) which was held in Japan this year focused on transboundary plant pests along with climate change. Furthermore, 2020 has been designated as the International Year of Plant Health to increase awareness on the importance of healthy plants in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Science (JIRCAS) plays a core role in international collaboration in the field of agriculture, forestry and fisheries in Japan. In order to contribute to the SDGs, we are tackling various problems of agriculture, forestry and fisheries in developing regions. We are also pursuing an extensive project on plant pest control, encompassing several countries in the tropics and regions with adverse environments.

This international symposium is organized in order to promote international research cooperation on transboundary plant pests, and to identify priority areas that should be pursued by international research collaborations, through the presentations of the leading experts and researchers at the forefront of related fields and discussions from the perspective of contributing to SDGs.

JIRCAS International Symposium
Organized by

Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences

Date
2019-11-26
Place

Tsukuba International Congress Center
2-20-3 Takezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0032, Japan

Program
Registration

12:30-13:00

Opening

13:00-13:20
Opening Remarks: Masa Iwanaga (President, JIRCAS, Japan)
Welcome Remarks: Yoshihisa Hishinuma (Director General, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council Secretariat, MAFF, Japan)

Keynote Speeches

Chairperson: Kazuo Nakashima (Program Director, Stable Agricultural Production, JIRCAS, Japan)

  1. Jungyuan Xia (Secretary, International Plant Protection Convention Secretariat; IPPC) (13:20-13:50)
     “Recent challenges in fighting against transboundary plant pests and the FAO strategies for helping farmers in dealing with those pests”
  2. Ulrich Kuhlmann (Executive Director, Global Operations, CABI) (13:50-14:20)
     “CABI’s experiences of transboundary plant pest management: Strengthening plant health systems and the importance of advisory services”
Session 1 “Important Transboundary Insect Pests”

Chairperson: Youichi Kobori (Senior Researcher, Crop, Livestock and Environment Division, JIRCAS, Japan)

  1. Akira Otuka (Unit Leader, Institute of Agricultural Machinery, NARO, Japan) (14:20-14:40)
     “Migration analysis and forecasting of migratory insect pests” 
  2. Sachiyo Sanada-Morimura (Group Leader, Kyushu Okinawa Agricultural Research Center, NARO, Japan) and Mizuki Matsukawa (Researcher, Crop, Livestock and Environment Division, JIRCAS, Japan) (14:40-15:00)
    “Development of insecticide application technology to rice planthoppers that are important transboundary plant pests in Asia”
  3. Frédéric Baudron (Senior Scientist, Sustainable Intensification Program, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center: CIMMYT, Harare, Zimbabwe) (15:00-15:20)
    “Fall armyworm damage in African smallholder maize fields and its impact on yield”
Photo Session, Coffee Break

15:20-15:45

Session 2 “Important Migratory Diseases and Quarantine”

Chairperson: Yoshimichi Fukuta (Senior Researcher, Tropical Agricultural Research Front, JIRCAS, Japan)

  1. Yoshimichi Fukuta (Senior Researcher, Tropical Agricultural Research Front, JIRCAS, Japan) (15:45-16:05)
     “International collaborative research networks for rice blast”
  2. Claudia Godoy (Researcher, Embrapa Soybean, Brazil) (16:05-16:25)
     “Invasion of soybean rust and its management, from Brazilian experiences”
  3. Yukio Yokoi (Director of WTO, International Affairs Department, MAFF, Japan, former Director of Research Division, Yokohama Plant Protection Station, MAFF, Japan)
     “Plant quarantine and risk management”
Panel Discussion

16:45-17:20

Moderator: Masayasu Kato (Project Leader, Biological Resources and Post-harvest Division, JIRCAS, Japan) and Masaya Matsumura (Chief, Department of Research Promotion, Strategic Planning Headquarters, NARO, Japan)

Closing

17:20-17:30

Closing Remarks: Osamu Koyama (Vice-President, JIRCAS, Japan)

Entry fee
Free of charge

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