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.
The NARO International Researchers Forum 2018 was held on November 12, 2018 to evaluate and strengthen the support system for international researchers, gather opinions among researchers and trainees, and introduce various efforts being carried out by the NARO International Relations Office. The forum was participated by foreign researchers and Japanese research staff with experience in hosting foreign researchers. Active discussions among participants focused on the challenges, needs and expectations to encourage more international researchers to pursue research at NARO.
NARO has signed agreement to extend MOU with Wageningen University and Research Center (WUR) in Wageningen, Netherlands on September 4, 2018 to further strengthen research cooperation. NARO President, Dr. Kazuo Kyuma, and WUR President, Dr. Louise Fresco has confirmed that they are important partners mutually.Read more
The G20 Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists (G20-MACS), an initiative with the goal of identifying global research priorities and targets and facilitating collaboration between institutions, was held in San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina on May 28-30, 2018. NARO Vice-President, Dr. Atsuro Matsuda, and representatives from MAFF and JIRCAS joined approximately 60 delegates from the G20 members.Read more
The Institute of Crop Science, NARO (NICS) concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) for collaboration in plant genome research. The MOU was signed by NICS Director-General, Dr. Masahiro Yano and IPK Managing Director, Dr. Andreas Graner on April 5, 2018 at the IPK campus in Gatersleben, Germany. The IPK is one of the world's leading international institutions pursuing extensive research in crop sciences and making important contributions to global food security and sustainable agriculture.