Symposiums・ Workshops ・Seminars

Soil Carbon Sequestration: Needs and prospects under the 4 per 1000 initiative

The NARO-MARCO International Symposium under the theme "Soil Carbon Sequestration - Needs and prospects under the 4 per 1000 initiative" was held on February 28, 2014 at Tsukuba International Congress Center. The symposium aimed to provide a venue to enhance research, research cooperation, and collaboration on soil carbon and greenhouse gas mitigation in agricultural systems across Asian countries and beyond, in conjunction with the 4 per 1000 initiative. The keynote talk was given by Dr. Claire Chenu of the Agro Paris Tech/INRA in France. Other speakers include Dr. Minggang Xu (Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science), Dr. Suphakarn Luanmanee (Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand), Dr. Cherukumalli Srinivasa Rao (Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, India), Dr. Hideo Kubotera (Central Region Agricultural Research Center, NARO), Dr. Shoji Matsuura (Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, NARO), Dr. Yasuhito Shirato (Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, NARO), Dr. Jagadeesh Yeluripati (James Hutton Institute, UK), Dr. Akihiko Ito (National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan), and Dr. Mayumi Yoshimoto (Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, NARO). The symposium also aimed to establish a research network of long-term agricultural field experiments among Asian countries. Symposium website here.


International Symposium: Perspective on the Utilization of Insects for Feed and Food

In order to promote the utilization of insects and raise global awareness on the potential of insects in diversifying diets and improving food security, an international symposium on "Perspective on the Utilization of Insects for Feed and Food" was held at the Hibiya Convention Hall, Tokyo on November 29, 2016. The symposium was organized by NARO in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and co-organized by the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) and the Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (JFREA). The speakers included Charles Boliko (Director, FAO Liaison Office in Japan), Glen Courtright (President & Founder of EnviroFlight, LLC, USA), Teun Veldkamp (Senior Researcher, Wageningen UR Livestock Research, Netherlands), Kenichi Nonaka (Professor, Rikkyo University), Takeshi Miura (Professor, Ehime University), Atsushi Nishimoto (NRIFS), Satoshi Nakamura (JIRCAS), and Nobuhiko Nakashima (NIAS). A total of 172 participants from various sectors attended the symposium. Symposium website here.


Japan-Israel Bilateral Symposium on Agricultural Cooperation

The NARO-ARO Bilateral Symposium focusing on "Japan-Israel Collaborative Integration of Advanced Water Use Technologies for Horticulture Production" was held at the Tsukuba Center for Institutes on November 28, 2016. The symposium was organized by NARO and MAFF in collaboration with Israel's Agricultural Research Organization (ARO) and theMinistry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). The speakers included Dr. Avi Perl (MARD), Dr. Daniel Kurtzman (Institute of Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences, ARO), Dr. Koji Hamada (Institute of Rural Engineering, NARO), Dr. Dror Minz (Institute for Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences, ARO), Dr. Josef Tanny (Institute of Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences, ARO), Dr. Hiroki Umeda (Institute of Vegetable and Floriculture Science, NARO), Dr. Hidekazu Sasaki (Institute of Vegetable and Floriculture Science, NARO), Dr. Yasunaga Iwasaki (Institute of Vegetable and Floriculture Science, NARO), and Mr. Fujio Tagawa (Netafim Japan Co., Ltd.).

Advanced Breeding Methods for Stress-tolerant Food Crops

The Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC) in collaboration with the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) and NARO organized a seminar on "Advanced Breeding Methods for Stress-tolerant Food Crops" at the JIRCAS Headquarters on November 24-25, 2016. The seminar aimed to bring together key researchers on crop breeding for stress tolerance, share the current state of knowledge of advanced crop breeding methods, and establish an informal network committed to information sharing and collaborative research. The participants included representatives from Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Japan. Details here.


IAEA/FAO-NARO Technical Workshop on Remediation of Radioactive Contamination in Agriculture

The year 2016 marks the 5th anniversary of the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant (NPP) and the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl NPP, both of which were classified as Level 7 (major accident), the highest level in the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). On this occasion, a Technical Workshop on Remediation of Radioactive Contamination in Agriculture was hosted by the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture in collaboration with Japan's National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) on October 17-18, 2016 at the Vienna International Centre, IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The main objective of this workshop is to promote and share knowledge in order to improve the understanding of remediation of radioactive contamination among authorities and organizations responsible for food and agriculture, nuclear safety, emergency planning and disaster response, and facilitate future policy developments and research planning. The signing of the Practical Arrangement between FAO/IAEA and NARO was also officiated to promote research collaborations. The workshop included presentations and discussions on radioactive contamination of the nuclear accidents in Chernobyl and Fukushima by the delegates from FAO/IAEA and NARO, as well as experts on radioactivity from all over the world. Details here.


Seminar and Open Forum on INRA Research Organization

A seminar focusing on the operational policy, operational procedures, and research policies covering agriculture, food, bio-technology, and environmental sectors of the National Institute for Agricultural Research of France (INRA) was presented by Dr. Robert Habib, head of INRA International Affairs on September 28, 2016 at the Orientation Room, Tsukuba Agriculture Research Hall of the NARO Headquarters. The seminar was attended by the NARO Executive Board, Director-Generals of NARO Institutes and Research Centers, Mr. Cedric Guillerme of the Office for Science and Technology, Embassy of France in Japan, and Dr. Takehiro Okubo, Director for International Research of the Agriculture, Foresty and Fisheries Research Council Secretariat, MAFF. The event was also highlighted by the signing of MOU between INRA and NARO to promote collaboration in various research areas. An open forum was held on September 29, 2016 attended by the NARO Executive Board, Director-Generals and Directors.



IRRI・JIRCAS・NARO Joint Symposium:Towards achieving sustainable rice production in Asia

An international symposium was organised by NARO in cooperation with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Japan International Research Center for Agriculture Science (JIRCAS) as part of the Trilateral Committee for Promoting Research Cooperation on Rice to address problems affecting rice production particularly in the Asian region. The symposium was held at the Tsukuba International Congress Epochal on September 7-8, 2016. The symposium provided an overview of the current situation in rice research focusing high temperature tolerance, yield physiology and pest management with presentations from researchers of IRRI, JIRCAS, NARO, National Research Institute of Brewing and Kyushu University. A total of 108 participants attended the 2-day symposium. Symposium website here.



NARO・JIRCAS・FFTC Joint Workshop: Mitigation of greenhouse gases and adaptation to climate change in livestock production systems

A workshop with the theme "Mitigation of Greenhouse Gases and Adaptation to Climate Change in Livestock Production Systems" was co-organized by NARO with the Food and Fertiliser Technology Center (FFTC) and the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) at the Kyushu Sangyo University, Fukuoka on August 23, 2016 in conjunction with the 17th AAAP Animal Science Congress. The workshop aimed at providing insights on how to properly manage GHG emissions from livestock production systems and how to undertake the challenge for generating future mitigating strategies from livestock production systems. The plenary session consisted of talks from Dr. Harry Clark of the New Zealand Grassland Research Center and Dr. Christopher Mcsweeney of CSIRO, country reports from Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam, presentations from researchers of the Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science, NARO. The workshop was organized by Dr. Akio Takenaka, FFTC Deputy Director.


Previous Meetings Organized ・Co-organized by NARO

The 7th Crop Science Seminar in East Asia
October 28-29, 2014

The institutes of crop science in Japan, China and Korea take turns to host the Crop Science Seminar in East Asia. In 2014, NICS hosted the seminar at the Hokkaido Citizens Activities Center Sapporo with the theme "Breeding Technology in Rice and Upland Crops--From Genetic Resources to Breeding".

NARO/HARC International Seminar on Molecular Biology for Stress Tolerances in Rice and Upland Crops
October 29-30, 2014

An international seminar on stress tolerances in rice and upland crops was held at Sapporo just after the "The 7th East Asia Crop Science Seminar" hosted by NARO Institute of Crop Science. The purpose of the seminar was to promote international research collaboration on enhancements of stress tolerances in crops plants among three countries including Japan, China and Korea through presenting the current achievements and exchanging ideas.

Symposium on Promotion of Agribusiness through Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration
January 22, 2014

The Netherlands is the world's second largest exporter of agricultural and food products, and is home to one of the epicenters of research in the area of agri-food, through collaboration between the food production industries and research institutes in its so-called 'Food Valley' region. With this model in mind, this NARO symposium was aimed at discussing strategies to enhance such collaboration in Japan.
The symposium consisted of lectures by Prof. Dr. Martin Kropff of Wageningen UR in the Netherlands and four Japanese leaders of industry-academia-government collaboration in the agri-food sector and a panel discussion on the enhancement of agribusiness in Japan.

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