Tackling the challenge posed by climate change in the agriculture of Monsoon Asia


The international peer review meeting aims at evaluating the research programs of NARO based on the scientific quality and direction from the view point of overseas reviewers. The international peer review for 2018 focuses on two research programs, namely, climate change and rural engineering. In this meeting, the NARO research program on climate change with the theme "Tackling the challenge posed by climate change in the agriculture of Monsoon Asia" was evaluated.


September 26, 2018


Tsukuba Business-Academia Cooperation Support Center
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council Secretariat of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
2-1-9 Kannondai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki

Peer Reviewers

  • Dr. Leocadio S. Sebastian
    Southeast Asia Regional Program Leader, CGIAR - Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security, Vietnam
  • Prof. Xiaoyuan Yan
    Deputy Director, Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Dr. David Makowski
    Director of Research, INRA, France
  • Dr. Byong-Lyol Lee
    Former President, Commission for Agricultural Meteorology, World Meteorological Organization, Switzerland

Review Process

The peer review is carried out by evaluating the scientific quality of research and applicability of research results to governmental policies, international cooperation especially with monsoon Asian countries, agricultural management and industries for societal benefit in the present and future. Each research project is evaluated with the following rating. S: high quality and no revision needed; A: good quality and minor revision needed, B: fair quality and moderate revision needed, C: fair quality and major revision needed, D: poor quality and a complete rewrite needed. Additionally, the peer reviewers provide rating, comments, suggestions and recommendations for each research project and the entire research program.

Research Projects

    Section 1 Mitigating global warming in agricultural fields
  • Project 1 Evaluation of national greenhouse gas emissions and their removal from agricultural soils
    Dr. Yasuhito Shirato, Research Manager for Climate Change, NIAES
  • Project 2 Technical measures to mitigate greenhouse gases from agricultural fields
    Dr. Hiroko Akiyama, Division of Climate Change, NIAES
  • Project 3 Application of GHG mitigation technologies to Monsoon Asia and international cooperation
    Dr. Yasukazu Hosen, Division of Climate Change, NIAES

  • Section 2 Accessing the impacts of climate change on crop production
  • Project 4 Experimental evaluation and modeling of the response in rice to increasing CO2 and temperature:
    Dr. Toshihiro Hasegawa, Tohoku Agricultural Research Center, NARO
  • Project 5 Climate change risk assessment of crop production at country and global scales
    Dr. Motoki Nishimori, Division of Climate Change, NIAES

  • Section 3 Adaptation to various influences of climate change on agriculture
  • Project 6 Development and implementation of adaptation measures for climate change effect on crop production in Japan
    Dr. Tomoyoshi Hirota, Hokkaido Agricultural Research Center, NARO
  • Project 7 Agricultural decision support systems to reduce weather and climate risks by utilizing high-resolution gridded meteorological data
    Dr. Hiroshi Nakagawa, Division of Climate Change, NIAES

Peer Review Report