JIRCAS-NARO International Symposium

Release date : July 27, 2017 (Thursday)

JIRCAS-NARO International Symposium
on Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Mitigation


Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) and National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) in collaboration with the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) are jointly organizing an international symposium on "Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Mitigation" as detailed below.

Date: August 31, 2017

Venue:?Tsukuba International Congress Center (Epochal Tsukuba), Convention Hall 200
(2-20-3 Takezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0032, Japan)

Organized by: Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS)
National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO)

Sponsored by: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council (AFFRC), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)

Supported by: Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA)


In order to achieve the Paris Agreement goals of keeping the temperature rise well below 2°C or even 1.5°C, all countries would need to make fair and ambitious contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions at all economic sectors. The agriculture sector is expected to play an important role in reducing its own emissions, because the sector currently produces 14 percent of the world's annual greenhouse gas emissions, about the same as the transport or stationary energy sectors. In addition, a dramatic increase in food production is projected to cause a 30-40 percent rise in agricultural emissions from 2005-2050.

The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA), which was launched in December 2009 and now has 48 member countries from all regions of the world, is seeking opportunities to enhance cooperation and investment in research to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural production, as well as increase the potential of soil for carbon sequestration, and improve the efficiency, productivity, resilience, and adaptive capacity of agricultural production systems. Members of the Alliance aim to deepen and broaden mitigation research efforts across the agricultural sub-sectors of paddy rice, cropping and livestock, and coordinate cross-cutting activities across these areas.

The JIRCAS-NARO International Symposium on Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Mitigation is organized in line with the activities of GRA and scheduled in conjunction with the 2017 GRA Council meeting which will be held during August 29-30, 2017, in Tsukuba, Japan.


  • Exchanging the status quo of problems and the latest results of studies on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions for mitigating climate change while sustaining production, in particular those in Asian countries;
  • Discussing the direction of future research and ways to strengthen collaboration to meet the challenges within the framework of the GRA.


Time Session / Presentation Presenter


Registration starts
Opening Ceremony (09:30-09:50)
Opening address Masa Iwanaga
President, JIRCAS
Welcome address TBD
Keynote Lectures (09:50-10:50)
Agriculture and climate change: From challenges to solutions Jean-Francois Soussana
INRA, France
Outlines of GRA research activities Kazuyuki Yagi,
NARO, Japan
Coffee/Tea Break (10:50-11:05)
Session 1: Livestock (11:05-12:20)
Methane emissions and energy utilization of cattle in the tropics Kritapon Sommart
Khon Kaen Univ., Thailand
New feed additives for mitigating methane from ruminant livestock Yasuo Kobayashi
Hokkaido Univ., Japan
Nitrous oxide, methane and ammonia mitigation trials in swine wastewater purification Takashi Osada
NARO, Japan
Lunch Break (12:20-13:30)
Session 2: Paddy Rice (13:30-15:10)
Greenhouse gas mitigation by alternate wetting and drying water management in irrigated rice paddies in southeast Asia Kazunori Minamikawa
NARO, Japan
Greenhouse gas mitigation in the rice-based Mekong Delta agricultural system Yasukazu Hosen
IRRI's activities on greenhouse gas mitigation in rice cultivation Bjoern Ole Sander
Advances in climate change mitigation for irrigated rice systems in Latin America and the Caribbean Ngonidzashe Chirinda
Coffee/Tea Break (15:10-15:25)
Session 3: Cropland & Integrative (15:25-17:05)
Climate change mitigation potential of Japanese agricultural soils Ayaka W. Kishimoto-Mo
NARO, Japan
Biological nitrification inhibition technology to tackle agricultural greenhouse gas emissions Guntur V. Subbarao
Introduction to the Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Inventories in Asia (WGIA) Hiroshi Ito
GIO, NIES, Japan
Climate-Smart Village: an integrated scaling up approach to mitigating climate change in African agriculture Robert B. Zougmore
17:05 Closing address Tokio Imbe
President, NARO
17:15 Symposium close



Registration deadlines: 2017-08-21 17:00 PM (JST)



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