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.
*KU: Kasetsart University (Thailand), FFTC: Food and Fertilizer Technology Center for the Asian and Pacific Region
The international symposium "Smart Food Value Chain - The Solution to Asia's Food Distribution" was held on 29th October, 2020, jointly organized by NARO, KU and FFTC.
The symposium aims to review the distribution of agricultural products in Asia and to hold discussions on the adoption of Smart technologies in its food value chain. It is comprised of three sessions: I. Smart Food Production, II. Smart Food Processing and Distribution, and III. Consumer Preference, Smart Food marketing and International Standardization. This online symposium featured 17 presenters from 9 countries, and 305 participants took part from 19 countries around the world. Read more
The 4th G-STIC (Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Community Conference) was held online on October 26 - 28, 2020.
Dr. NAKATANI took part as a panelist in the Food session on October 28th, "Technological innovations to realize sustainable food systems." He gave a presentation titled "Development of Smart agricultural production technology and its social implementation through national projects." Dr. NAKATANI spoke about NARO's contribution to the UN's SDGs, the Japanese government's innovation strategy toward Smart agriculture, and outcomes of on-farm demonstration trials of smart agriculture in Japan. Read more
On September 4, 2020, as a part of the FAO Asia Pacific Regional Conference, an event was held, entitled "Bytes to Sustain Our Bites: Leveraging Digital Agriculture for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)."
Dr. NAKATANI, who participated in the panel discussion as a representative of the Government of Japan, described the government's innovation strategy for Smart Agriculture that embodies Society 5.0. He also stated that such technology has the potential to contribute to the accomplishment of SDGs by solving global problems that acutely affect agriculture, such as climate change and natural disasters. Read more
On January 10, 2020, NARO concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Kasetsart University, Thailand, aiming at strengthening the partnership between NARO and Kasetsart University. Through this MOU, NARO and Kasetsart University will seek research collaboration and information exchange in the field of agriculture and food research including animals, plants, environment, and social sciences, along with the exchange of researchers. Read more
NARO and the National Institute for Agricultural Research, France (INRA)*, a top European research institute in Agricultural have signed a MOU in 2016 sciences and have held joint symposia in France, promoted joint research and exchange of information and researchers. In September 2018, NARO President Dr. Kyuma visited INRA, and in April 2019 INRA President Mr. Mauguin visited NARO to confirm the strong cooperation between the two organizations over the future. This program aims to foster the research partnership through exchanges centered on young researchers. Read more
NARO has signed an agreement to extend the Project Cooperation Agreement for the placement of a NARO liaison scientist at Wageningen University and Research Center (WUR) in Wageningen, Netherlands on June 12, 2019 with the aim to further strengthen the research cooperation. On this occasion NARO Vice President, Dr. Atsuro Matsuda, and WUR President, Dr. Louise Fresco have confirmed mutually that they are major partners. Read more
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
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