JIRCAS International Symposium 2021
The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation in Achieving Sustainable Food Systems in the Asia Monsoon Region: A Platform for International Collaboration
With four out of the nine planetary boundaries, namely, climate change, biosphere integrity, land system change, and biochemical (nitrogen and phosphorous) cycles, already overstepping the safe operating spaces, there is an increasing awareness around the world on the urgency to minimize the anthropogenic impacts of economic activities on environment while achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Many countries have already set ambitious quantitative targets toward carbon neutrality in response to the Paris Agreement and COP 26, and their commitments also encompass the low emission targets for the food systems, which globally account for about a third of the anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. For example, the EU has proposed ‘Farm to Fork Strategy’ with quantitative targets to drastically reduce the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and to promote organic farming. Such explicit commitments indicate the global community’s determination to shift to the pathways in which science, technology and innovation (STI) in the food systems can play a key role to mitigate trade-offs and to amplify synergies between economic development and environmental sustainability. These innovations must be based on scientific infrastructure to make the food systems resilient to disasters and climate shocks through reducing environmental impacts and recycling resources without compromising food and nutrition security for present and future generations given the prospects of the growing world population.
In May 2021, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) unveiled the ‘Measures for achievement of Decarbonization and Resilience with Innovation (Strategy for Sustainable Food Systems, MeaDRI)’. The MeaDRI Strategy has proposed pathways in which STI can take a central role in reducing environmental footprint while enhancing productivity for food production. To achieve impacts at the regional and global scales, socio-economically and technologically feasible STI options should be made available not only for Japan but also for countries sharing similar agroecological conditions, such as those in the Asia monsoon region.
In turn, it is essential to bear in mind that ‘no one-size-fits-all’. The identification and customization of appropriate sets of STI to locally specific agroecological and socio-economic conditions is critical to turn trade-offs into win-win outcomes. To do so, consensus is needed for all stakeholders, i.e., agricultural research institutions and development agencies, to jointly contribute towards a common goal of achieving productivity improvement and environmental sustainability for the countries as well as the whole Asia monsoon region.
This Symposium will provide a forum to discuss a platform for international collaboration contributing to ‘Strategy for Sustainable Food Systems’. To do so, first, it will review recent policy developments on agriculture, forestry and fishery sectors at country/regional level in the Asia monsoon region in the contexts of global debates on sustainable food systems transformation. The STI portfolios with evidence or potential to achieve both productivity improvement and environmental sustainability depending on agroecological and socio-economic contexts will be identified. Finally, the roles of stakeholders for international collaboration will be discussed based on respective comparative advantages.
- Organized by
Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences
- In cooperation with
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO)
Liaison Office in Japan, FAO, UN
Wednesday, November 17th, 2021, 14:00～ 16:15
- Online (YouTube JIRCAS channel)
Director-General, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council Secretariat, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Japan
Research priorities in support of global and regional food systems transformations
Prof. Joachim von BRAUN
Chair, Scientific Group, UN Food Systems Summit.
Professor for Economic and Technological Change Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn University
UN Food System Summit is only the first step
Former Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Japan
Transforming agri-food systems in the Asia-Pacific
Senior Food Safety and Nutrition Officer, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Creating opportunities for transformative climate adaptation and mitigation by farmers in the Asian Monsoon Region
Platform Leader - Sustainable Impact through Rice-based Systems, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
Prioritized initiatives in the field of agricultural and rural development in the Asian monsoon region
Executive Technical Advisor, Economic Development Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Wise soil management for achieving triple wins in agriculture - food security, adaptation and mitigation
Manager, Division of Climate Change Mitigation Research Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, National Agricultural and Food Research Organization (NARO)
Working for small-scale farmers towards sustainable food system in Asia Monsoon Region
Program Director/Environment, JIRCAS
Panel Chair (IIYAMA Miyuki, Program Director/Information, JIRCAS) and Speakers
Vice President, JIRCAS
MC: Bal ANTONIO, JIRCAS
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