Plant Science Research for Global Food Security
|Leader||Hiroshi Ezura, Professor, Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba|
|Researcher||Tohru Ariizumi, Associate Professor, University of Tsukuba, Jocelyn K.C. Rose, Professor, Cornell University, James J. Giovannoni, Professor, USDA/Cornell University|
|Term||April 2016 – March 2017|
Establishment of food security is a global issue. Trends show global population has been increasing rapidly, and with it the need to increase global food production becomes an urgent issue. Currently, Japan’s food self-sufficiency rate is 40%, which is predicted to increase up to 50% in 2030. However, Japan is aging more rapidly than anywhere else in the world. Even in such a situation, we need to increase food production up to 50% of food self-sufficiency rate while we need to ensure the rest (50%) of the food sources from abroad. The US has contributed significantly as global food supplier to date, and is expected to greatly contribute more to this global issue in the future.