THE CENTER’S OPERATIONS are supported by annual contributions from the governments of Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan ROC, and Vietnam. These member countries are represented in the Center’s Executive Board and Working Group. National research, educational, and extension institutes/organizations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and some other countries in the region also provide support on a project basis, and are actively involved in the Center’s various activities and work programs. Some of FFTC’s activities are also funded by non-political foundations in the region.
The Center’s policies are decided upon by its Executive Board, which also reviews and approves its budget and work programs. The Working Group assists the Board, which meets in advance of each board meeting to discuss technical aspects of the Center’s work and to make recommendations to the Board.
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), on the other hand, is made up of distinguished agricultural scientists in the region, and serves to provide policy and program advises to the Center. The TAC meets once every two years in one of the member countries, to identify agricultural information needs, evaluate the effectiveness of the Center’s programs and activities, and make recommendations to further improve future work programs.
The Center’s professional staff are specialists from various agricultural disciplines recruited internationally from countries in the ASPAC region, while the administrative staff are employed locally. Both are under the supervision of the Director, who is appointed by the Executive Board.
The Center works in close partnership with national and international agricultural organizations in the region. Most of its programs are carried out in collaboration with co-sponsors, which support these programs with funding, personnel, or both. It also consults other international agricultural research centers in developing its work programs to ensure that major regional problems are addressed and real regional needs are met.