Global Initiatives


NARO aims to strengthen partnerships and collaborations with international organisations to promote various research initiatives in agriculture, food and the environment. As part of this effort, the International Relations Office is assigned to consolidate various global initiatives such as fostering international partnerships for collaborations, exchange of researchers and other programs, organise symposiums and workshops, and exploring opportunities to promote Japanese agricultural products in the world market.

NARO is actively developing international partnerships with overseas research institutes in the Asian region and European countries, and research institutes under the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) through the conclusion of memorandum of understanding (MOU) on comprehensive research cooperation. NARO holds symposiums, seminars and workshops with major collaborating institutes to promote interactions among researchers and to encourage substantial discussions on major issues facing the research initiatives on agriculture, food and the environment. The International Peer Review Program is organized to facilitate external evaluation on the quality and direction of specific NARO research programs.

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G20 Niigata Agriculture Ministers' Meeting

G20 Niigata Agriculture Ministers' Meeting took place at Toki Messe, Niigata City on May11-12, 2019. NARO displayed the research outcomes of Smart Agriculture utilizing ICT, Estimation of crop yield, Biological based disease and pest control/Biodiversity evaluation and New materials at the meeting venue. Read more



Eigth Annual Meeting of G20 Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS) in Japan

The Eigth annual Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists of G20 States (G20-MACS) was held at Hotel Grand Palace, Tokyo on April 25-26, 2019. The annual meetings have taken place since 2012 with the goal of identifying global research priorities and targets while facilitating the collaboration between public and private institutions. This year, Japan hosted the annual meeting for the first time and more than 80 chief scientists participated from all G20 States.Read more


NARO-WUR Workshop in the Netherlands

A joint workshop was organized by Wageningen University and Research Center (WUR) and NARO on February 12-13, 2019 at the WUR campus in the Netherlands. The workshop was aimed at strengthening the research collaboration and facilitating potential research projects under the public-private partnerships (PPP) policy being implemented at WUR. The NARO delegation included Vice-President Dr. Atsuro Matsuda, Dr. Nobutaka Nakamura (NARO Food Research Institute), Dr. Ryo Sugiura (Research Center for Agricultural Information Technology) and Dr. Kazuhisa Goto (WUR/NARO Liaison Scientist). The workshop was also facilitated by Dr. Arjo Rothuis (WUR Account Manager Asia) and Dr. Rick van de Zedde (WUR Senior Scientist / Business Developer), who also organized a tour of WUR facilities on postharvest, greenhouse horticulture, and drone research.


MOU with Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research

The National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) in a ceremony held on November 29, 2018 at the TISTR Technopolis in Pathum Thani, Thailand. The MOU was signed by NARO President, Dr. Kazuo Kyuma, and Mr. Sayan Tanpanich, TISTR Deputy Governor R&D for Bio-industries. The execution of MOU between TISTR and NARO is expected to pave the way in promoting research partnership and cooperation in the fields of agriculture and food and food technology.


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