This research project is a bilateral collaboration between researchers from Japan and Kenya, which is supported by JST and JICA under SATREPS (Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development) program. The Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries also supports the activities in Kenya.
On the Japanese side, Nagoya University is collaborating with Okayama University, Shimane University, and Yamagata University to implement the project. Moreover, a researcher from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology is participating in the project.
The main Kenyan counterpart is the Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO). Research activities in Kenya are mainly conducted at KALRO Mwea, which is located in the largest rice-producing area in the country. Kenyan collaborating research institutes include the National Irrigation Board, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, University of Nairobi, and Kenyatta University. Japanese researchers are visiting KALRO to work together with their Kenyan counterparts on a long- or short-term basis.