Nougyou to Keizai: Special issue on local food policy (April, 2021)

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WG2 explores possible solutions for various problems that our agrifood system currently faces, which are deeply embedded in global distribution. Local food policy, integrating a wide range of food related issues, has been one of the major themes that we have focused on.  To conclude our five years of research on local food policy, we have contributed to a special issue  “Community development through food: Local food policy” on the April issue of “Nougyou to Keizai (agriculture and economy)”. Prof. Motoki Akitsu (Kyoto University), Prof. Masashi Tachikawa (Nagoya University), and Prof. Mima Nishiyama (Utsunomiya University) from WG2 have contributed articles on the significance, history, and components of local food policy, …

Invitation to Kameoka Organic Action's Inaugural Meeting

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Kameoka Organic Action, an organization for citizens to explore, think and act together about the future of food and agriculture in Kameoka City, Kyoto, will be launched on March 18th, 2021. Working Group 2 of the FEAST has been conducting research on transition toward a sustainable future of food and agriculture in Kameoka City. Conducting a survey with Kameoka citizens, a survey about food preparation targeting the child-rearing generation, and a citizens’ visioning workshop has led to an event “Kameoka Nou Marche” together with organic farmers in Kameoka City and the Kameoka Kiri Art Cultivation. The event was organized “to make Kameoka an organic farming town”. In the process of …

The 2nd Seminar “Making Kameoka an organic town” (Ryo Iwahashi, Research Assistant)

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On Monday, February 17th, the 2nd Seminar “Making Kameoka an organic town” – Special Lecture and Meeting – was organized at Galleria Kameoka, Kyoto. We have been working together with the food and agriculture-related stakeholders and actors in Kameoka, organizing various meetings and events, one of which was the 1st Seminar“Making Kameoka an organic town”. It inspired us to organize Kameoka Nou Marche in November 2019 and then seminar. The first part of this event was dedicated to a special lecture by Mr. Nobuyuki Motoyama, Manager of the Biostyle Co., Ltd. entitled “Emerging challenges of organic produce distribution: To build a good society with food”. He introduced the efforts and …

COOL VEGE® case studies presented at the MAFF International Workshop

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Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) organized three-day international workshop for policy makers and scholars of G20 countries from Nov 5th to 7th, 2019 “International Workshop on Scaling up and out of climate-smart technologies and practices for sustainable agriculture“. Prof. Akira Shibata from Ritsumeikan University, WG4 Chair, and Dr. Ayaka Kishimoto-Mo were invited to present the experiences of COOL VEGE® activities “‘COOL VEGE®’: Sequestrating soil carbon with biochar through eco-branded vegetables”. You can download the slides from the following links(Part 1;Part 2). 【Workshop Abstract】 An international workshop on “Scaling up and out of climate-smart technologies and practices for sustainable agriculture” including an expert workshop, an international symposium (subtitle in …

Visiting the Nagano Agriculture and Food Association (Ryo Iwahashi, Project Research Assistant)

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From Aug 25th to 27th, I had an opportunity to visit Nagano Prefecture, one of the FEAST Project’s research fields, together with other members of WG2. During our visit, we joined the regular meeting of the Nagano Agriculture and Food Association (NAGANO Nou to Shoku no Kai) and met up with some of its key persons for interview. The Nagano Agriculture and Food Association was co-founded in 2013 by two organic farmers and another local who is in involved in sales and processing of local, organic and traditional vegetables. The members get together at a community center in Matsushiro Town, Nagano City for a monthly meeting. Our participation in the …

Report on the 2nd seminar of Food Policy Council, Kamoka 2018: “Making Kameoka an organic town!” (Ryo Iwahashi, Project Research Assistant)

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On the 19th of November, the 2nd seminar of “Shokuto Nou no Mirai Kaigi in Kameoka (Food Policy Council, Kamoka) 2018: Making Kameoka an organic town!” was held at Galleria Kameoka, Kyoto. This seminar was composed of two parts: a keynote speech titled “Connecting with the world, connecting in the regions: Experiences in Ichijima Town, Hyogo Prefecture and international trends in organic farming” by Mr. Shinji Hashimoto, an organic farmer in Ichijima Town, Tanba City, Hyogo Pref., followed with Q&A session and the workshop in which the participants talked about their background and presented what they thought was necessary to make Kameoka a town of organic farming. Mr. Hashimoto started …

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

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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 …

Survey on Food Education in Collaboration with NPO Kameoka Kosodate Network

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In Dec 2016, FEAST Project conducted a survey on food education targeting at families with small children in collabration with NPO Kameoka Kosodate Network. The results are published serially on a free information magazine “Gyutto,” starting from Spring Edition (Vol.17). Almost 97% of respondents answered that they are interested in food education. FEAST Project will continue to work to help their interests  shift to an actual practice. “Gyutto” Spring Edition, 2017 The survey results on food education are published on P.18 to 19 on Spring Edition. “Gyutto” Summer Edition, 2017 The topic for Summer Edition is nutrition and cooking. “Gyutto” Fall Edition, 2017 The survey was on “local production, local consumption.” “Gyutto” Winter Edition, 2018 The survey …

RIHN and Kameoka City signed MOU

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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.  

Paper on the Carbon Minus Project, Kameoka City published in Annals of Environmental Science

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A journal article “A Rural Revitalization Scheme in Japan Utilizing Biochar and Eco-Branding: The Carbon Minus Project, Kameoka City” by Steven McGreevy, FEAST PL, and Prof. Akira Shibata, WG4 Chair/Ritsumeikan University was published in “Annals of Environmental Science” vol.4, 11-22(2010). Abstract: Like rural areas in many countries, Japanese rural society is experiencing decline in all spheres (depopulation, aging, lack of economic opportunity, and so on). Uncertainty in the future viability of agricultural livelihoods coupled with the collapse of the forestry sector has decreased the ecological resilience of the Japanese countryside, increasing overgrown forests, habitat and biodiversity loss, and costly wildlife damage to crops. As these rural crises are compounded by …