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Nagoya University Graduate School of International Development Professor Yoshiaki Nishikawa

Studies into the building of organizational systems for the management of agrobiodiversification for sustainable regional development

Research grant

Project Description

This research aims to demonstrate that when agrobiodiversification is used as a resource for sustainable regional development, it is not only the construction of organizational systems at a micro level through a participatory approach to development that is essential but also the involvement of organizational systems at a diverse range of levels including global, national, regional, and community levels, hopefully leading to calls for international technical cooperation. This research aims to provide the essential fundamental expertise for the establishment of organizational systems that will allow for the sustainable use of the agrobiodiversification as a resource for sustainable regional development, and advocate intervention techniques from external parties that focus on international technical cooperation. The results of this research will lead to revolutionary strategy development in farm and forestry development in disadvantaged areas, particularly in Africa, and may also be used in the preservation of biodiversity. Furthermore, it also aims to contribute to the construction of organizational systems in areas that use genetic resources and have fair profit distribution.

Preservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2008 Research Grants
Grant term
3 years
April 2009 - March 2012
Grant amount
14,768,000 yen
Activity region
Sub-Saharan Africa, Philippines, Japan
Interviews about the management of agrobiodiversification in an agricultural community in Burkina Farso, a landlocked country in Africa

Overview of the Organization

Professor Yoshiaki Nishikawa
Professor Yoshiaki Nishikawa
Specialist field
Development administration, development sociology, biodiversity management
Affiliated academic societies
The Japan Society for International Development, Japanese Society for Tropical Agriculture, The Japanese Society of Environmental Education, Japanese Society of Regional and Agricultural Development (Trustee), Japan Institute of Tourism Research, etc.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (Now JICA). Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries. Currently a Master of Science (The preservation and use of plant genetic resources), a Master of Social Science (Development administration), and a Doctor (Agriculture).
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Collaborative researchers
Yoshihiko Nishimura, Professor, Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University; Kiyoshi Fujikawa, Professor, Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University; Daigo Makihara, Professor, Nagoya University International Cooperation Center for Agricultural Education; Kazuo Watanabe, Professor, Tsukuba University Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences; Kenichi Matsui, Assistant Professor, Tsukuba University Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences; Ryo Kosaka, Associate Professor, Nagoya City University Faculty of Economics; Kazuhiro Nemoto, Assistant Professor, Shinshu University Faculty of Agriculture; Yasuyuki Morimoto, Research Fellow, BioversityInternational
Research record
  • (1) Yoshiaki Nishikawa, 2008, "What is System Building for Regional Stimulation?", Yoshiaki Nishikawa & Koichi Yoshida (eds.), "Regional Stimulation - The Diversification and Problems of System Building", Institute of Developing Economies, Preface, (Peer Reviewed)
  • (2) Yoshiaki Nishikawa, 2006, "The Use of Local Resources when Region Building", Kazuhisa Matsui & Susumu Yamagami (eds.), "The One Village, One Product Movement and Developing Countries - How dooes this lead to Japanese Regional Stimulation?", Institute of Developing Economies, Chapter 5, p.121-140 (Peer Reviewed)
  • (3) Yoshiaki Nishikawa, 2005, "Farmer Participation-style Management of Agricultural Genetic Resources - From Economic Development to Human Development", Rural Culture Association Japan, (209 Pages) (Non-Peer Reviewed)
  • (4) Nishikawa,Y. 2003 "Role of farmers and their perception on value of crop genetic resources for in situ conservation - A case of buckwheat species in Nepal-" Journal of Agricultural Development Studies, Vol. 14 Issue 1 p.56-64 (Peer reviewed)
  • (5) Nishikawa,Y. and K.Ohga 2002 "Comparative Study on Cooperation for Agrobiodiversity Management in Developing Countries", J-Stage Online Vol. 46 Issue 4 p.279-289 (Peer Reviewed)