The FFTC Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), composed of leading agricultural scientists/experts in the Asian and Pacific ( ASPAC) region, meets every two years to: provide policy and program advice in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of FFTC work programs and activities; deliberate on the agricultural needs and requirements of countries in the region; and suggest ways to improve the performance and effectiveness of the Center's operation. The FFTC-TAC, through the years, has played a vital role in ensuring that the Center's projects and activities respond to the technological needs of small-scale farmers amid the changing global environment, and support the present policies on sustainable agricultural development in the ASPAC region.
In 2010, the 20th FFTC-TAC meeting shall be held in the month of April to coincide with the 40th founding anniversary of FFTC. To mark the Center's four decades of existence, an international symposium on Perspectives on Agriculture in the Asian and Pacific Region will be organized back to back with the 20th FFTC-TAC meeting, primarily as an opportunity to share and exchange current perspectives and challenges that all countries must face and respond to in order to achieve a competitive and sustainable agriculture. The symposium will also serve as a platform to assess FFTC's performance and achievements in the last 40 years, and to deliberate on future policy and program directions and strategies to enable the Center to make a more significant impact on the region's sustainable agricultural development.