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PRIMAFF Symposium on EU Efforts to Build a Sustainable Food System and Implications for Japan : Toward the Expansion of Organic Agriculture

With the growing impact of climate change, there is an urgent need to build a sustainable food system. In October 2020, the Prime Minister declared Japan will become carbon neutral by 2050 and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries also aims to achieve both productivity improvement and sustainability of the food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries industry through innovation by 2050. To achieve this goal, we formulated the Strategy for Sustainable Food Systems, "MeaDRI" in May 2021 and are strengthening our efforts based on this strategy. In particular, organic farming greatly enhances the natural circulation function of agriculture and reduces the environmental burden, so expansion of organic farming is expected.

PRIMAFF conducted a study on the outlook for Japan's organic food market based on trends in the global organic food market in the contract research from 2018 to 2021. In addition, in the research project from 2019, organic and sustainable farming in major countries has been investigated.

This symposium focuses on the expansion of organic farming and EU, which is taking the lead in ensuring sustainability. In addition to the presentation of research results, there will be a presentation by a strategy formulator in charge of developing organic farming strategy in Germany. Additionally, through dialogue with the participants, we will have implications for Japan to consider ways to accelerate sustainable agriculture.

  • Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022
  • Time: 15 : 00 - 18 : 30 JST (allowed to join Zoom from 14 : 30)
  • Venue: Online symposium (Zoom)
  • Language: Japanes: and English (simultaneous interpretation, handout for both languages)
  • Charge: Free
  • Seating Capacity: 500 accounts available for free on first-come basis


15 : 00 Opening

15 : 05 - 17 : 25 reports

"EU’s efforts to ensure sustainability" (PDF:1,339KB)
        Tomoyuki Kuwaharada (Primaff, planning officer)

"German Organic Farming Strategy" (PDF:916KB)
        Jürn Sanders (Director, Socio-Economic Research Department, FiBL Germany)

"Estimation of the organic food market scale in Europe, the United States and Japan" (PDF:551KB)
        Yoko Taniguchi (Associate Professor, Setsunan University)

"Scale and structure of the organic food market in Japan" (PDF:314KB)
        Toru Sakai (Associate Professor, Akita Prefectural University)

Comment to the reports
        Rei Kosaka (PRIMAFF Visiting Researcher, Professor, Nagoya University)
        Keiichi Ishii (Associate Professor, Tohoku University)
        Toshio Ooyama (PRIMAFF Visiting Researcher, Associate Professor, Rikkyo University)

17 : 30 - 18 : 30 Discussion

Panelist:presenters and commentators
Coordinator:Atsushi Tanaka (Primaff, principal research officer)

How to Register

Application is closed due to full capacity.

(1) This symposium is held by web conferencing system Zoom.

(2) Participation fee is free.

(3) If you would like to participate, please fill in theby Thursday, February 3, 2022 with your name, place of employment, and contact information (e-mail address).

(4) If multiple people join in one communication line, please apply by name of representative, and specify the name of other people, place of employments, etc. in the remarks column.

(5) We will not send a confirmation e-mail at the time of registration, but the URL for participating in the symposium will be sent to the e-mail address registered by Monday, February 7, 2022.

(6) When the registration reaches 500 people, the deadline will be closed earlier and we will notify you on the website.

(7) Please comply the following points when participating in the symposium. If you do not follow these rules, you may be refused participation.

· Do not shoot or record the symposium

· Do not forward the URL for participating in the symposium or publish it on SNS.

(8) Others

· Internet communication charges will be borne by the participants.

· It is possible to participate on a computer, tablet, smartphone, etc., but a stable network environment is recommended.

· Please note that operation may be hindered depending on the network status and Wi-Fi environment.

· Personal information obtained by registration will be strictly managed and will be used only when contacting the person himself / herself.

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  • Contact: PRIMAFF
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