JIRCAS - Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences

The Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) is entrusted with a unique purpose. JIRCAS was established in October 1993, through the reorganization of its predecessor, the Tropical Agriculture Research Center (TARC), in order to include overseas forestry and fisheries research in its mandate. As a national research centre, the JIRCAS and its predecessor, the Tropical Agriculture Research Center, has been conducting research and development on technologies that address the needs of developing regions for almost 40 years. Through direct collaboration with government organizations, research institutes and universities, the JIRCAS contributes to addrmaaessing global issues of hunger and poverty, global warming, environmental conservation and sustainable management of resources.



One of the core premises of JIRCAS’s work is its role as partner in research projects conducted in collaboration with developing countries. Projects are enacted on an equal-footing basis with collaborating entities — the JIRCAS dispatches its own staff and researchers affiliated with other research institutes directly to the field and provides scientific equipment, while at the same time hosting collaborating researchers for advanced studies at the JIRCAS and other Japanese research organizations. The centre maintains research projects in all areas of the agricultural sciences, including forestry and fisheries, with active projects in 25 countries across Asia, Africa and South America.

Main Objective

  1. Undertakes comprehensive experimental research for technological advancement of agriculture, forestry, fisheries and related industries in tropical and subtropical zones of developing regions
  2. Collects, analyzes and publishes information of domestic and international researches which  are relevant to agriculture, forestry and fisheries as well as farming systems in these developing areas 
  3. Through the above, JIRCAS seeks to contribute solutions to global food and environmental problems as well as to the stable supply of agricultural, forestry and fishery products and resources

Research Program

Fourth Medium-Long Term Plan
  1. Development of sustainable environment and natural resources management technologies in developing regions
  2. Technology development for stable production of agricultural products in the tropics and other adverse environments
  3. Development of high value-added technologies and utilization of local resources in developing regions
  4. Collection, analysis and dissemination of information for grasping trends of international agriculture, forestry and fisheries
Third Medium-Term Plan

Environment and Natural Resource Management
  • Development of agricultural technologies based on sustainable management of environment and natural resources in developing regions  
Stable Food Production
  • Technology development for increased productivity and stable production of agricultural products in the tropics and other unstable environments
Rural Livelihood Improvement
  • Technology development for income and livelihood improvement of the rural population in developing regions
Information Analysis
  • Collection, analysis and dissemination of information for grasping trends of international agriculture, forestry and fisheries