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Plant Science Research for Global Food Security

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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
Research Outline

 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.
 In this project, we intend to summarize research projects related to increased food production between the US and Japan, and pick out priority research projects which contribute to establish global food security. We will propose research policies to funding agencies and government, and also submit related research projects in on-going programs in both countries.

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