The Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (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. It was again restructured in April, 2001 as an Incorporated Administrative Agency under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF).
Main objectives of JIRCAS are: 1) undertake comprehensive experimental research for technological advancement of agriculture, forestry, fisheries and related industries in tropical and subtropical zones of developing regions; 2) collect, analyze and publish 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
Areas of activity:
research and development
development and extension of Tropical agriculture science and technology