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About JICA-KIRIN Fellowship ProgramGreetings from the Host Institution Representatives

The JICA-KIRIN Fellowship is a program operated in cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Kirin Holdings Company, Limited and the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO).
The following messages from the host institution representatives present the significance of this program.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Photo Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Senior Vice President
Mr.Hiroshi Kato

It is a great honor for JICA to have been a part of the Fellowship Program since 2017, which Kirin Holdings Company has continued for the last 24 years. Japan has welcomed approximately 350,000 participants in training programs from 194 countries for over 60 years since it began providing Official Development Assistance (ODA) in 1954. In addition to accepting these participants, JICA has been engaged in the human resource development through the implementation of technical cooperation projects in developing countries.

Through the Fellowship Program, JICA is pleased to contribute to further development of developing countries, by collaboratively leveraging the KIRIN and others’ strengths of the long history of training food science researchers from Asian countries, as well as other strengths such as experience and global network JICA has built up.

Food security and nutrition improvement are addressed in the "Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)" adopted at the United Nations Summit, which are the goals to be achieved by 2030. The SDGs call for actions by all countries and people, and require partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. The Fellowship Program is a form of partnership to achieve the goals.

The participants of the Program are promising researchers from Asian countries and expected to have invaluable experience and research during their stay in Japan. We also wish the best of their success afterwards, through their producing synergy with JICA’s activities in their countries.

Kirin Holdings Company, Limited

Photo Kirin Holdings Company, Limited
Senior Executive Officer
Creating Shared Value
Mr.Ryosuke Mizouchi

Kirin Holdings Company, in a new partnership with JICA, has co-launched “JICA-KIRIN Fellowship Program” to support training of food science researchers in Asia. Fellows (researchers) from Asian countries will spend one year researching their respective research topic under the supervision of Food Research Institute of National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) located in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture. The program aims to develop researchers so that they can accomplish a significant outcome in the field of food research in their own countries. I hope that the fellows’ stay in Japan will be fruitful both during their training and private time.

As a part of social philanthropy, Kirin Group, since 1993, has supported the training program at the United Nations University (UNU) in order to improve academic level to enhance the ability to solve food problems by themselves through development of human resource in emerging markets mainly in Asia. Also, By continuing the program, for 24 years up to 2016, Kirin and UNU have looked after 117 fellows from 10 countries. We would like to express our gratitude to UNU for sustaining the operation of the program for such a long period.

Together with JICA and other people concerned, we will now take over the program that has long been in place and launch “JICA-KIRIN Fellowship Program” . Taking in to account of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted at the United Nations Summit, we seek to continue enhancing the Program.

National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO)

Photo National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO),
Food Research Institute
Dr. Hiroshi NABETANI

The UNU-KIRIN Fellowship Program had been operated for 24 years and it has been two years since the launch of the JICA-KIRIN Fellowship Program. So far, a total of 127 fellows have engaged in research at Food Research Institute, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NFRI) in Tsukuba. Employees of NFRI are proud of the fact that a number of fellows continued their research in their home country and accomplished a significant outcome, thereby leading their countries’ research institutions.

We are truly grateful to Kirin Holdings Company who has been continuing this program, and JICA for carrying on this new "JICA-KIRIN Fellowship" Program.

NFRI is currently focusing on three areas of research, which are application of functionality of produce and food, ensuring safety and accountability of food, and developing effective processing and logistic technology. World’s population is continuing to grow and expected to be soon reaching nine billion. Under this circumstance, technology has to be developed to feed such a vast population. To do so, it is necessary to increase productivity through development of high-yielding variety of crops and improvement of cultivation techniques, on top of utilizing every single component or part of produce effectively taking in to consideration of specialty of each produce. We believe that such technologies are increasing their significance in a region like Asia where population and economy are growing exponentially. For this reason, we are honored to be in a position to share knowledge in these research fields with the program’s fellows.

We strongly hope that this program will continue everlastingly and food science engineering in Asian countries to prosper further.


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