My wholehearted congratulations to the Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC) on its 50th Anniversary! At JIRCAS, we have benefitted a great deal from our continuous partnership with FFTC. As we are also celebrating our 50th anniversary this year, the coincidental establishment of our organizations on the same year is a reflection of the underlying social environment for agricultural research and development at that time. It was apparent then that with the great success of the Green Revolution in rice by IRRI and wheat by CIMMYT, a drastic increase in crop productivity could be achieved by introducing high yielding varieties, efficient irrigation and fertilizer input. The establishment of FFTC led to the unprecedented adoption of the outputs of the Green Revolution and the successful transfer of the technology to farmers.
Unlike other international research organizations which are commodity focused, FFTC has been pursuing a more comprehensive approach in tackling agricultural problems by integrating various commodities and strategies to assist small-scale farmers in achieving stable livelihood, profitability and food security. Over the past five decades, FFTC has evolved and adopted various programs to address the changing needs of target beneficiaries such as farmers and consumers in Asia in the context of economic and social changes. At the core of its mandate is the strategy of nurturing partnership and collaborations with Asian countries and international organizations, which has become a key component to the great success of FFTC.
As a partner in this initiative of nurturing effective international partnership, JIRCAS will remain committed in supporting the mission of FFTC towards generating and diffusing innovative agricultural technologies for the benefit of farmers. With the unprecedented task that the global community is likely to face after the COVID-19 crisis, we will continue to strengthen our mutual cooperation to overcome the negative impact on agriculture. We look forward to working together based on effective partnership to address present and future challenges in a rapidly changing world.
Masa Iwanaga, Ph.D.
Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS)