Aiming to increase the quantity and quality of global food resources, Israel's Volcani Center and Japan's National Food Research Organization (NARO) signed a memorandum of understanding for agricultural research cooperation on Tuesday morning. The agreement, signed at Agriculture Ministry's Volcani Center, calls for collaborative research projects in the fields of water technology, environmental protection, agricultural sustainability and plant sciences. Researchers and managers of NARO – a government body located near Tokyo with about 4,900 employees – are visiting the Volcani Center this week, where they are viewing the site's laboratories and innovation under development. Some of the technologies on display include robotic systems, precision agriculture and irrigation systems used to improve new plant varieties, a statement from Volcani said. "Japan invests a lot of resources in scientific research in general and agricultural research in particular and manages to achieve very impressive results," the statement added. "The memorandum of understanding signed shows how interest in Israeli technology in agriculture developed by the Volcani Center is increasing."