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 such as South Korea, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, India and Bangladesh, European countries such as Netherlands, Bulgaria, Russia and Czech, 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 has been implemented from the third medium-term research plan starting from 2011 to 2015 to facilitate external evaluation on the quality and direction of specific NARO research programs. Reviewers and experts from overseas are invited to review research proposals and to obtain international perspectives on various research programs.