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Principal Investigator (Affiliation)
  • SDGs2
Prof.
OKADA Kensuke
(Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo)
Research Institutions in Japan The University of Tokyo / Kyushu University / Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology / National Agriculture and Food Research Organization
Research Institutions in Colombia International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), etc.
Adoption fiscal year FY 2013
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Republic of Colombia
General Description of the Research Project

Developing resource-efficient field management technologies and new-generation rice varieties for underdeveloped irrigation infrastructure in Colombia
Rice is produced in inefficient irrigation systems in many areas in tropical Latin America, and the efficiency of water and fertilizer utilization is generally low compared to that of Asia. Weed control is also problematic due to the heterogeneity of water depths, which further aggravates the excessive use of herbicides and the decline in productivity. Through this project we utilize deep-rooting genes to develop new Colombian rice varieties that can attain higher yield with lower inputs of water and nutrients. We also adopt precision agriculture approaches with state-of-the-art sensing technologies, and thus address the challenge of developing and adopting new low-input technologies for Latin American rice production.

Efforts in Colombia can contribute to global food security
Progress in the research conducted by this project can boost rice production in Colombia, with the country potentially attaining self-sufficiency in rice. It may lead to a higher employment rate and the steady growth of local agricultural communities, and enable in-country refugees to return to their villages. If other Latin American countries, and perhaps even African countries, were to adopt these new rice cultivars and low-input technologies, the research would contribute to food security on a global scale.

Photo gallery
A Japanese PhD student explaining the evaluation methodologies for deep-rooting characteristics (at CIAT)

A Japanese plant geneticist explaining the evaluation methodologies for deep-rooting characteristics (at CIAT)

Discussion with young rice farmers in front of rice fields with a contour-levee system (at Ibague)

Discussion with young rice farmers in front of rice fields with a contour-levee system (at Ibague)

Research Project Web site
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Reports
Links Newsletter of University of Valle, Colombia
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