The Moonshot R&D Program for agriculture, forestry and fisheries

The global demand for food is estimated to increase 70% by 2050. Since excessive focus on production efficiency would hamper the cyclical function of the earth, it is essential to establish a food production system friendly to the global environment while increasing the food supply. Moonshot Goal 5 aims at addressing the issue with 8 R&D projects, which are promoted by BRAIN.

Moonshot Goal 5 decided by Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI)

Creation of the industry that enables sustainable global food supply by exploiting unused biological resources by 2050

Message from Program Director

Dr. CHIBA Kazuhiro

President, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

With the formation of agrarian societies, humankind has acquired a stable method of sustainable food supply. However, with the dramatic expansion of human activities in recent years, the sustainable supply of food, which is an inseparable part of human existence, has fallen into a situation where there is no longer any prospect for the immediate future. Overcoming this difficulty is not only a great responsibility we have for the future, but also an intellectual challenge with unexperienced problems. With a clear vision and the ability of design, we must think outside the box and solve the global-scale problems.


Mar 15, 2023
Public Call for Project Managers of Moonshot R&D Goal 5: food loss reduction (due May 9, 2023, noon) NEW!

Feb 21, 2023
Dr. Ryo Sugiura (NARO) presented the IPM Project under the Moonshot R&D to the expert group of International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) community (January 18, 2023).

Jan 30, 2023
Moonshot R&D Programme was updated to participants of CBD meetings, with a focus on Goal 5 (sustainable food supply).

R&D Projects

There are 7 projects under the Moonshot Goal 5, as follows:

  • Goal 5 Leaflet
  • Project Titles Project Managers
    Food Production
    Achieving zero food risks by improving crop robustness using cyber-physical systems
    Dr. FUJIWARA Toru
    Professor, The University of Tokyo
    Building a platform for sustainable farming by environmental control based on the microbe atlas of the soil
    Dr. TAKEYAMA Haruko
    Professor, Waseda University
    Bio-economical food production system using circular cell culture of algae and animal cells Dr. SHIMIZU Tatsuya
    Professor, Tokyo Women's Medical University
    Realization of zero pest damage agriculture by making full use of advanced physical methods and unused biological functions
    Dr. HINOMOTO Norihide
    Professor, Kyoto University
    Realization of a new livestock production system to reduce methane by 80 % through complete control of the bovine rumen microbiome
    Dr. KOIKE Satoshi
    Professor, Hokkaido University
    Food Consumption
    Insect-Based Sustainable Food Production Systems toward Global Food Security and Human Space Exploration Project
    Dr. YURA Kei
    Professor, Ochanomizu University
    Creation of Next-Generation Food Supply Industrial Chains for a Natural Capitalism Society Dr. TAKAHASHI Shin-Ichiro
    Professor, The University of Tokyo
    Development of Technology for Innovative Long-Term Food Storage using Low-Temperature Frozen Milled Hydrogel Powder Dr. Hidemitsu Furukawa
    Professor, Yamagata University

    Goal 5 Reference

    Program Overview

    Moonshot Research and Development Program is under the initiative of Cabinet Office (CAO). For further info, visit the following external sites:

    Goals and Funding Agencies

  • Moonshot R&D Leaflet (Goal 1-9)
  • Moonshot GoalsFunding Agencies
    Goal 1 : Realization of a society in which human beings can be free from limitations of body, brain, space, and time by 2050 Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) (external link)
    Goal 2 : Realization of ultra-early disease prediction and intervention by 2050 JST (external link)
    Goal 3 : Realization of AI robots that autonomously learn, adapt to their environment, evolve in intelligence and act alongside human beings, by 2050 JST (external link)
    Goal 4 : Realization of sustainable resource circulation to recover the global environment by 2050. New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) (external link)
    Goal 5 : Creation of the industry that enables sustainable global food supply by exploiting unused biological resources by 2050 Bio-oriented Technology Research Advancement Institution (BRAIN)
    Goal 6 : Realization of a fault-tolerant universal quantum computer that will revolutionize economy, industry, and security by 2050 JST (external link)
    Goal 7 : Realization of sustainable care systems to overcome major diseases by 2040, for enjoying one's life with relief and release from health concerns until 100 years old Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) (external link)
    Goal 8 : Realization of a society safe from the threat of extreme winds and rains by controlling and modifying the weather by 2050 JST (external link)
    Goal 9 : Realization of a mentally healthy and dynamic society by increasing peace of mind and vitality by 2050 JST (external link)