Global Initiatives


Dr. NAKATANI Makoto, Senior Vice President of NARO, gave a presentation on "Society 5.0 and Smart Agriculture" at an FAO Conference

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.

The other panelists were representatives of farmers' groups (the Philippines), the private sector (China, India and Australia) and government (Cambodia).

In his summary, the Deputy Director General of the FAO emphasized the importance of continuous innovation, citing Society 5.0 as an example.

Senior Vice-President NAKATANI Makoto