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JIRCAS International Symposium 2011
Trends of International Rice Research and Japanese Scientific Contribution - Support to GRiSP and CARD

    On the occasion of the commencement of the Third Medium-Term Plan, JIRCAS will be hosting an International Symposium with support from related organizations [This event has been partly organized as a project commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)].


  • 14 November, 2011 (Monday)
    13:00 Registration
    13:45-17:45 JIRCAS International Symposium(Free)
    18:00-19:30 Welcome Reception(Charge)
  • 15 November, 2011 (Tuesday)
    9:00 Registration
    9:30-10:00 JIRCAS International Symposium(Free)

November 14, 2011 – Awarding Ceremony of “Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers”  

Venue: Tsukuba International Congress Center, Epochal, Convention Hall 200


     Rice is the most important food crop in the world; hence, its stable supply and improved productivity are of vital importance toward achieving food security in the developing world. Recently, new research frameworks, such as the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) and the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) involving research institutions, have emerged in the course of the systemic reform of international research organizations, as well as from the need for closer collaboration between agricultural development fields and research laboratories. Japanese researchers are expected to play a central role in these frameworks.
     JIRCAS started its Third Medium-Term Plan in April 2011 and set up the “Stable Food Production Program”. The program promotes rice research projects such as ‘Development of rice production technologies in Africa’ and ‘Rice innovation for environmentally sustainable production systems’. In order to implement these activities more effectively and to integrate with the broader international frameworks, it is essential to formulate a network connecting Japanese research forces and foreign/international institutions.
     This symposium aims to obtain useful guidelines for this national and international networking though the exchange of opinions on past experiences and future directions of research activities among active experts from related organizations.


14 November, 2011 (Monday)
13:15-13:45 Registration

Opening Session

Opening Remarks:
Masa Iwanaga (President of JIRCAS)

Welcome Statements:
Masamichi Saigou (Research Councilor, MAFF)

Keynote Speech:

  1. "The Trends of Global Rice Research"
    Achim Dobermann (IRRI)
  2. "Current Situation and Future of International Rice Market"
    Concepción Calpe (FAO)
  3. ‘Realizing Africa's Rice Promise’
    Marco Wopereis (AfricaRice)

Session 1: From Genome Research to Rice Breeding
Yoshimichi Fukuta (JIRCAS)
Parminder Virk (IRRI)

  1. Breeding of High-yielding Varieties in Japan
    Hiroshi Kato (NICS, NARO)
  2. Direction of Genome Research in Japan
    Masahiro Yano (NIAS)
  3. Genome Research in CGIAR Centers
    Hei Leung (IRRI)
  4. Utilization of Abiotic Stress Tolerant Genes
    Matthias Wissuwa (JIRCAS)

General Discussion


Welcome Reception

15 November, 2011 (Tuesday)

Session 2: Research Issues for African Rice Promotion
Naoya Fujimoto (JIRCAS)
Naoko Oka (JIRCAS)

  1. Achievement of CARD and its Future
    Hiroyuki Kubota (JICA)
  2. Advances in Rice Breeding for Africa
    Takeshi Kumashiro (AfricaRice)
  3. Low-cost Technologies for Paddy Field Infrastructure Development
    Jun’ichiro Yamada (JIRCAS)
  4. Cultivation Technologies in Lowlands in Africa
    Jun-ichi Sakagami (JIRCAS)

General Discussion


Session 3: Researches for Environmentally Friendly Rice Production in Asia
Takeshi Kano (JIRCAS)
Seiji Yanagihara (JIRCAS)

  1. High-yielding Technologies in China
    Qian Qian (China National Rice Research Institute)
  2. Research Issues on Rice-based Cropping System
    Jagdish K. Ladha (IRRI/Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia)
  3. Rice Production Technologies for Climate Change
    Toshihiro Hasegawa (NIAES)
  4. Recent Development in Yield Increasing Theory Focusing on Nitrogen Use Efficiency
    Kazunobu Toriyama (JIRCAS)

General Discussion


Panel Discussion:International Collaboration on Rice Research
Masami Yasunaka (JIRCAS)
Kazumi Yamaoka (JIRCAS)


  • Syuichi Asanuma (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Hirohiko Hirochika (NIAS)
  • Masa Iwanaga (JIRCAS)
  • Hiroyuki Kubota (JICA)
  • Akihiko Uchikawa (MAFF)
  • Kazuyuki Yagi (NIAES)
  • Tadakatsu Yoneyama (NARO)

(Panel Discussion will be organized as a part of the “Global Scale Issue-oriented International Research Network Project” commissioned by MAFF)

16:50-17:00 Closing Remarks:
Masami Yasunaka (Vice President of JIRCAS)

Participant registration has already been closed but non-registered participation is also possible.

  • Symposium: Free
  • International Symposium Reception(Participation fee is 4000yen .Please pay the fee onsite Venue:Restaurant ESPOIR)

Organizer"Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS)

Under the auspices of:(tentative)

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council Secretariat, MAFF
  • National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO)
  • National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (NIAS)
  • National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences (NIAES)
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
  • Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)
  • Japan Forum on International Agricultural Research for Sustainable Development (J-FARD)