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Announcement of winners the 2020 (The 14th) Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers (Japan Award)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) has decided this year's winners of the Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers (Japan Award).
The  commendation ceremony is planned to be held together with next year's award in Tokyo, Japan, in consideration of the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

1. Overview

This annual award started in 2007, and is organized by the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council (AFFRC), MAFF, Japan. Its purpose is to increase motivation among young researchers contributing to research and development in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and related industries in developing regions. Up to three young researchers who showed outstanding performance and research achievements that might lead to future innovation are commended with the award.

The winners will be bestowed a testimonial by the Chairman of the AFFRC during the commendation ceremony and will also receive a cash prize of US$5,000 (MOTAI-JIRCAS Award*).
For more information about the 2020 (The 14th) Award, please see the attached file.

* Mr. Shigeru MOTAI is a former Chairman of the AFFRC and the donor of this award. This award is supported by the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS). 

2. Awardees

 Name
(Age*, Gender, Nationality)
Institute  Research Achievement
Saraswathipura Lakshmaiah KRISHNAMURTHY
(39, Male, Indian)
ICAR-CSSRI
(India)
Development of salt-tolerant rice varieties through conventional and molecular breeding approaches
Kwanrawee SIRIKANCHANA
(39, Female, Thai)
Chulabhorn Research Institute
(Thailand)
Novel microbial tools to distinguish fecal pollution sources from livestock for effective agricultural watershed management
Edmore GASURA
(37,Male,Zimbabwean)
University of Zimbabwe
(Zimbabwe)
Strengthening quality protein maize resilience and utilization as nutritious food and feed in rural areas of Zimbabwe
* Age is as of January 1, 2020

3. Others

<Reference>
For the announcement of the 2020 (The 14th) Japan Award, please click the following link.
Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers (Japan Award)2020

For information about previous awardees, please click the following link.
Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers (Japan Award) 

<Attachment>
Outline of the 2020 (The 14th) Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers(PDF : 71KB)

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