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.
On October 17th and 18th, 2023, the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) and the Food and Fertilizer Technology Center for the Asian and Pacific Region (FFTC) collaboratively organized the TARI-TLRI-TNDARES-NARO-FFTC Workshop.
On October 1, 2023, NARO President, Dr. KYUMA Kazuo and France's National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE) President and CEO, Mr. Philippe Mauguin had a bilateral meeting aiming at strengthening the partnership between two organizations at the Kyoto International Conference Center where both Presidents also attended STS forum.
NARO 2nd International Symposium on Food and Health "Global Food Security and Human Health: Toward Transforming the Food System with Advanced Technology" was conducted on December 12, 2022
On 17th-19th October 2022, NARO and the Food and Fertilizer Technology Center for the Asian and Pacific Region (FFTC) jointly hosted the NARO-FFTC International Symposium " Climate Change and Food System - synergies of adaptation and mitigation, and advanced utilization of climate information for sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture" co-sponsored by OECD-CRP in hybrid conference style (on-site venue: Tsukuba International Congress Center), with approximately 655 participants from 18 countries.