The JIRCAS Southeast Asia Liaison Office was established in Bangkok, Thailand in 1972 serving as the base for JIRCAS activities in Southeast Asia. Last year marked the 50th anniversary of its establishment.
With the lifting of travel restrictions due to COVID-19, a symposium was held in Thailand on December 14, 2023 to celebrate the occasion.
■ Latest Topics
- Archived Videos of the JIRCAS International Symposium 2023 and Japan Award 2023 Ceremony
To those who missed the live sessions, the videos are now available at the JIRCAS You Tube Channel
- Official Side Event Held to Commemorate TICAD’s 30th Anniversary On December 1, 2023, JIRCAS held a hybrid side event titled “Toward Building a Sustainable and Resilient Food System in Africa” to mark the 30th anniversary of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).
■ New Technologies and Research Outputs
JIRCAS conducts research activities in Southeast Asia and the Liaison Office in Bangkok serves as the hub for these activities.
In this issue, we would like to introduce two of our research achievements in the region.
- Year-round implementation of alternate wetting and drying (AWD) across three cropping seasons improves farmers’ benefits and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The results of this study showed that farmers in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam who implemented AWD for three cropping seasons increased their annual profits by 6% while at the same time contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 38%. The International Award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of paddy and water environment engineering.
- Spawning season of the edible tropical oyster in the coastal area of Myeik in southern Myanmar Edible oysters mature year-round, but the main spawning season was found to peak at the beginning and end of the dry season in October to November and April to May, respectively.
Harvesting oyster seedling spat during these peak seasons may contribute to efficient oyster farming.
- Project Leader Izumi Receives Certificate of Appreciation from Can Tho University of Vietnam Dr. Izumi Taro, Project Leader of “Climate Change Measures in Monsoon Asia,” was honored with a Certificate of Appreciation from Can Tho University, Vietnam, on November 30, 2023, in recognition of his extensive contributions to collaborative research with Can Tho University over the years.
■ Visits to JIRCAS
JIRCAS welcomed high school students from 6 prefectures.
・Gunma Prefectural Kiryu High School: 38 first grade students (November 2)
・Okinawa Prefectural Kyuyo High School: 40 second grade students (November 7)
・Tochigi Prefectural Tochigi High School: 40 first grade students (November 9)
・Fukushima Prefectural Soma Agricultural High School: 39 first grade students (November 15)
・Saitama Prefectural Kumagaya High School: 40 first grade students (November 24)
・Kumamoto Prefectural Uto High School: 21 first grade students (December 7)
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