The Institute of Tropical Agriculture at Kyushu University was established in 1975 for use by the university to conduct basic research on tropical agriculture and its related fields, and to contribute to the advance of research on tropical agriculture in collaboration with researchers/students from outside of the university.
In 1988, the institute was expanded into two sections: Crop Production Section, and Land-Water Resources & Environment Conservation with 6 staff members.
In 2013, International Development Section was newly established, and one associate professor was assigned to the section. Moreover, Crop Production Section has changed its name to Tropical Crops and Environment Section.
In the tropics and the subtropics, we can see global issues including deforestation, desertification, environmental pollution, loss of biodiversity as well as unstable or insufficient agricultural production. Thus the problems in tropical and subtropical areas are common concern of humankind. These difficulties can be solved with a cooperation of international intelligence. Tropical agriculture seeks a better solution within a framework of sustainable development s
- To conduct independent or joint researches on agriculture with considering natural resources and environmental conservation in the tropics and subtropics.
- To promote cooperation in agricultural education in tropical and subtropical areas through the exchange of researchers and students.
- To accumulate information on tropical agriculture in cooperation with domestic and foreign organizations.
- To establish a collection of references, and to collect and preserve biological specimens.