2020 FFTC Dragon Fruit Workshop — Dragon Fruit Value Chain for Global MarketsDragon fruit production and markets in Asia are fast growing for the past five years. Food and Fertilizer Technology Center for the Asian and Pacific Region (FFTC) is working with its country partners and building a dragon fruit research network (DFNet) to help farmers in the Asian and Pacific Region to develop dragon fruit value chain for global markets. Two dragon fruit workshops highlighting the topics from production to distribution were organized in 2018 and 2019. This year, FFTC, Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), Taichung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station (TCDARES), National Chung Hsing University (NCHU) and DFNet are all collaborating to hold the 3rd Dragon Fruit Workshop focusing on dragon fruit value chain for global markets.go to page
FFTC’s 50th anniversary and symposium postponed to next yearIn light of the recent developments regarding the continuous spread of the COVID-19 virus, and the travel restrictions in almost all countries in the region, the Center management has decided to postpone the celebration of FFTC’s 50th Anniversary and Symposium from October 21, 2020 (Wednesday) to October 6, 2021 (Wednesday). The venue will still be at the NTUH International Convention Center in Taipei. For FFTC’s guests, friends and partners, official letters of invitation, as well as other details of the event will be sent to you early next year. The FFTC management would like to thank everyone for their understanding. For any questions or inquiries regarding the above mentioned matter, kindly send us an email at email@example.com to page
Director's message: FFTC 50th anniversaryThis year marks the 50th Anniversary celebration of FFTC. It is a momentous occasion in the history of our Center, and we have planned twin events to celebrate it—via a symposium and our 25th Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting. We were originally planning to have the celebration early this year but because of the Covid-19 issue, we have to postpone our twin events. Our TAC meeting has been moved to July 21 and our 50th Anniversary symposium has been postponed to October 21.go to page
FFTC Agricultural Policy (FFTC-AP) Platform Call for papersThe FFTC-AP Platform publishes agricultural policy related papers from the Asia Pacific region in English. To date, more than a thousand articles have been published in the Platform under 30 categories. The areas include Food security and safety, Overview of agricultural policy, Production policy, Smart agriculture, Farmers' welfare and retirement system, Agricultural human resources development, Agricultural science policies and technology development, Agricultural marketing policy, Agricultural e-commerce, Trade liberalization countermeasures, Import regulation and quarantine, Agricultural circular economy, Eco-friendly agriculture (satoyama and satoumi), Rural development, etc.
Once the papers are accepted and published on the FFTC-AP website, certain amount of remuneration will be paid to the author(s). For more information or paper submission, please send an email to Ms. Natalie Lu at firstname.lastname@example.org
We warmly welcome you to submit agricultural policy related papers (at least 1,500 words) to us. Join us and be part of our team! go to page
“FFTC@50” now available onlineFFTC’s major milestones, struggles, tribulations and triumphs for the past half century are all encapsulated in a book entitled “FFTC@50,” which is now available online at the FFTC website. The book, which will soon be off the press, chronicles the history of the Center from its humble beginnings in 1970 to its steady growth as FFTC expands its scope and network through five decades. The book also discusses its struggles to adapt and stay relevant as a regional repository of information on agricultural technologies and policies amidst an ever changing agricultural landscape. It also features rare photographs of FFTC’s major milestones, recollections of past FFTC’s friends and staff members, congratulatory messages from the Center’s partners and stakeholders, etc.go to page
FFTC launches new dragon fruit network websiteThe DFNet website is part of the ongoing efforts to form a network of dragon fruit experts and enthusiasts. It is a work in progress and with everyone's help, FFTC hopes to gather more people involved in the Asian Pacific regions dragon fruit production and marketing. The Center hopes that through the creation of DFNET, more people will be able to contribute and participate in the building of a dynamic and promising dragon fruit industry.go to page
Newsletter 208: FFTC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Newsletter 208: FFTC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Now that the world is still in the middle of COVID-19 pandemic, face-to-face workshop, seminars and training courses will have to take a backseat for a while as the Center slowly makes an online transition and adapts to the videoconference mode as a way to conduct its activities for the rest of the year.
FFTC 2019 ANNUAL REPORT
FFTC 2019 ANNUAL REPORT
As the 13th Director of FFTC, I am deeply honored to serve the Center and continue the work of my predecessors in doing our humble share of collecting and disseminating agricultural technologies and policy information to help our farmers in the Asian and Pacific Region.
Written in the pages of this annual report for 2019 are the major activities of FFTC which we all documented and summarized. These include three international workshops, four symposia, one training course, two research networks, and one collection of information. We also have our regular program comprising of the production of our publications and various websites on Asian agriculture, plus other activities which we embarked on to increase our Center’s visibility.
This year, we have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS) as well as a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of the Philippines at Los Baños (UPLB).
Another notable accomplishment we did for 2019 is the completion of the drafting of our Strategic Action Plan for Holding of Workshops and Seminars for 2021-2024 which we hope to present to the members of our Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) when we meet up middle of 2020. This action plan, which is basically made up of five program themes, will be the main guide that will help us prioritize our goals, maximize our resources, increase our effectiveness and help us make better decisions. All our major activities for this year and the succeeding four years, will be underpinned based on the following five program themes: 1) increasing productivity by strengthening agricultural R&D and investments; 2) enhancing food value chains and consumer oriented production; 3) promoting climate-smart and resilient agriculture; 4) fostering circular agriculture; and 5) strengthening resource management and rural development.
Moreover, it is also in 2019 when early work started for the preparations of FFTC’s 50th anniversary celebration next year.
All of these accomplishments, of course are only made possible with the unwavering support of our stakeholders and partners in the region, who share FFTC’s vision for Asian agriculture. Being relatively new to the Center's management team (I took office on March 1, 2020), I am happy to be a part of this dynamic international agricultural organization whose aim is to improve farming efficiency, increase farmers income and foster sustainable agricultural and rural development in the Asian and Pacific Region. I am looking forward to working with everyone and to be of service to help our Asian farmers achieve a better quality of life.
SU-SAN CHANG Ph.D.
Food and Fertilizer Technology Center for the Asian and Pacific Region
FFTC@50 is an anniversary book highlighting the major milestones of the Center from its humble beginnings in the late `60s to being one of the major repositories of information on agricultural technologies and policies in Asia.