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Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

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Research on agricultural strategies of major countries

  The institute investigates and analyzes situations, policies and strategies of major countries and regions on agriculture and trading. The research results provide vital information for formulating Japan's agricultural policies, conducting international negotiations, and so on.  

While the WTO Doha Round negotiations are stalled, countries actively seek conclusion of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with other countries. In order to secure Japan's national interest in international negotiations, it is vital to collect adequate information on agriculture, agricultural trade situation, and related policies of the negotiating countries as well as to conduct in-depth analyses on the strategies that form the bases of those countries' policies.
In aiming to create strong agriculture and beautiful, dynamic agricultural villages based on the new Basic Plan for Food, Agriculture and Rural Areas, it is important to learn from the advanced initiatives of other countries and to employ those lessons in Japanese policy.
Additionally, as Japan is dependent on overseas sources for most of its food, it is also important for food supply stability to make accurate predictions about global food supply and demand, based on trends in supply, demand, and policy in major countries.
Based on such issues, extensive research will be conducted with priority-setting on the following countries and regions.

  • Countries and regions whose policy trends have a large impact on the framework of international negotiations or can bring new ideas for Japan's policies (e.g., EU, USA, Korea)
  • Countries that have huge food demands and their sufficiency levels have a large impact on the global food supply/demand (e.g., China, India)
  • Countries that play important roles as agricultural commodity suppliers to the world market(e.g., Brazil, Russia, Thailand)

Moreover, highly accurate predictions of food supply and demand will be obtained through an independently developed global food supply-demand model.

A soy field and center pivot irrigation in Brazil 
A soy field and center pivot irrigation in Brazil
A food distribution shop in India
A food distribution shop in India