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Collection of Relevant Agricultural Policy Information and Its Practical Use

Background

In 2013, the Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC) expanded the scope of its information network activities to include agricultural policy issues in the region through AP (Asia-Pacific Information Platform on Agricultural Policy) project. This is mainly because the Asia-Pacific region lacks relevant agencies or organizations to provide a mechanism or platform for sharing and exchanging the dynamic information on national agricultural policies although the countries in this region have various challenges to face regarding their own agricultural policies under the era of trade liberalization.

FFTC initiated the AP project targeting four countries, namely Japan, Korea, Philippines and Taiwan. FFTC has launched the AP website and initiated uploading the information on relevant agricultural policies of the aforementioned four countries. The information collated is composed of nine categories such as overview of agricultural policy, trade liberalization countermeasures, agricultural land policies, farmers’ retirement system, agricultural disaster insurance, food security, production and marketing policies and so forth. Selected information was translated into Chinese for COA magazines.

This year, FFTC extended its targeted countries to eight including China, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam in addition to the aforementioned four countries.

In the 2nd year of AP project, the relevant information on agricultural policies for eight targeted countries has been accumulated in due course, and lots of policy-related articles have also been saved and uploaded in the AP website. So it is an appropriate time to conduct a mid-term evaluation for the AP project in order to review the reliability and accuracy of the data collected, system structure of the database in terms of user-friendliness and compatibility of data, interface, and system architecture, and improve the data quality and database structure. The contracted experts for the eight targeted countries, five Advisory Members to AP and concerned FFTC staff are to discuss the aforementioned topics.

Objective

This workshop aims to review and appraise the current status of the AP project and improve data quality and database structure.

Expected Outputs

  • On-going AP project is reviewed and evaluated
  • Further improvement is made in data legitimacy and increased user-friendliness of database and website.

Major findings/recommendations:

  1. Develop a strategic plan on how to best promote the AP website in the Asia Pacific region;
  2. Figure out ways to make the AP website more accessible and user friendly to the general users;
  3. Strengthen the AP platform by reviewing and evaluating the contents of papers submitted by the AP contracted partners;
  4. Compile and document feedback from readers and make this the benchmark for improving the form and content of the website.
  5. Use the popular and more simple form of writing in order to reach out to a broader mass base of readers; and
  6. Explain the more technical policies in more friendly language and relate it to everyday life so that it will be more easily understood by the target audience.

program

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papers

Frame of Agricultural Policy and Recent Major Agricultural Policies in The Philippines    pdf(424.59KB)
Dr. Albert Perez AQUINO, Director, Socio-economics Research Division (SERD), Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Philippines
 

Frame of Agricultural Policy and Recent Major Agricultural Policies in Taiwan    pdf(406.74KB)
Dr. Hwang-Jaw LEE, Board Director, Taiwan Flowers Development Association Supervisor, National Animal Industry Foundation Chairperson, Fertilizer Price Group, COA, Taiwan R.O.C.
 

Frame of Agricultural Policy and Recent Major Agricultural Policies in Thailand    pdf(576.08KB)
Dr. Itthipong MAHATHANASETH, Lecturer, Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Kasetsart University Thailand
 

Frame of Agricultural Policy and Recent Major Agricultural Policies in Vietnam    pdf(1.43MB)
Ms. Dinh Thi Bao LINH, Deputy Director Division of Strategy and Policy Research, Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD), Vietnam
 

Frame of Agricultural Policy and Recent Major Agricultural Policies in China    pdf(579.59KB)
Dr. Zhen ZHONG, Assistant Professor, School of Agricultural Economics & Rural Development Renmin University of China, China
 

Frame of Agricultural Policy and Recent Major Agricultural Policies in Korea    pdf(591.53KB)
Dr. Jeong-Bin IM, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development College of Agricultural and Life Science, Seoul National University, Korea
 

Frame of Agricultural Policy and Recent Major Agricultural Policies in Indonesia    pdf(538.92KB)
Dr. Tahlim SUDARYANTO, Assistant Minister for International Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Indonesia

proceedings

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