Workshop “The future of local food and agriculture in Kameoka City” (Hiraku Kumagai, Kyoto University)

FEAST HQ Report, WG2, WG4

FEAST-WG 2 has organized a series of three workshops “The future of local food and agriculture in Kameoka City” in Kameoka City, Kyoto Prefecture on Sep 27th, Oct 16th and Nov 20th, 2017. Seven of us were part of the organizing committee: WG2 chair and members, Prof. Motoki Akitsu from Kyoto University, Prof. Mari Nakamura from Nagoya Bunri University, Norie Tamura, FEAST Sub-leader and RIHN Senior Researcher, as well as Steven McGreevy, FEAST Project leader, Yuko Matsuoka, FEAST Research Associate, Ryo Iwahashi and myself from Kyoto University. The 13 participants were those engaged in various agrifood-related issues ranging from agriculture, nutrition education to food processing etc in Kameoka City. The …

WG4 Meeting with Stakeholders in Tsukuba (Takeshi Osawa, Shigeto Sudo, Ayaka Kishimoto-Mo, Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences-NARO/WG4)

FEAST HQ Report, WG4

On June 19th, 2017, WG4 organized a meeting with stakeholders working on environmentally sustainable agriculture at Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture. The participants included those from agricultural corporations, private farmers, public agricultural experiment facilities, private consulting firms and also students. WG4 explores sustainable and place-based tools such as food labeling, corporate-social responsibility and carbon valuation. One of key intervention strategies is scientifically verified eco-branding – Cool Vege® (Cool Rice for rice). This label is granted only to vegetables (or rice) produced with a farming method that can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. GHG emissions are a contributor to global …

RIHN and Kameoka City signed MOU

FEAST HQ Report, WG4

FEAST Project seeks to conduct its research in collaboration with those who are engaged in local food production/consumption/distribution and food-related practices in Kameoka City, Kyoto. To start the five year research activities, RIHN and Kameoka City entered into a partnership by signing MOU at Kameoka City Hall on August 18th. In Kameoka City, “Food Policy Council” as well as a mechanism to support the local food producers in collaboration with Kurubeji Kyokai (Coolvege Association) are being formed and implemented.