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The 2022 FFTC AP-VAAS Forum on Circular Agriculture for Sustainable Healthy Diets highlighted agricultural waste recycling and communication with consumers
Aug. 08, 2022
The 2022 FFTC AP-VAAS Forum on Circular Agriculture for Sustainable Healthy Diets highlighted agricultural waste recycling and communication with consumers
  The 2022 FFTC AP-VAAS Forum on “Circular Agriculture for Sustainable Healthy Diets: Perspectives and Policy Implications” was successfully conducted online (with an onsite venue in VAAS for local participants) on July 19, 2022. This forum was jointly organized by FFTC and the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS) in partnership with the FFTC-AP Platform Contracted Partners. The main purpose of this activity is to identify drivers and barriers in transition from linear agri-food systems towards circular agri-food systems addressing planetary healthy diets. The Forum invited 12 speakers from 9 countries (Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Taiwan, Thailand, U.S.A, and Vietnam) to explore the contribution of circular agriculture approaches and nutritional communication approaches to sustainable agri-food production and consumption in the Asian and Pacific region. In the Forum, the speakers shared applicable and practical technologies in circular agriculture as it relates to sustainable healthy diets as well as the strategies and initiatives to promote circular agriculture and sustainable healthy diets. Successful cases of circular agriculture approaches such as the integrated crop-livestock-aquaculture production systems, innovative technologies in recycling crop residues and animal and food wastes to generate value-added products or raw materials or inputs for other production cycles were illustrated by several speakers in the Forum. Concepts such as Nitrogen footprint (NFP) approach, multifunctionality in circular agriculture, and dietary guidelines towards more plant-based low-carbon foods for Asians were also introduced and discussed. During the Forum, it was emphasized that the recycle and reuse of agricultural residues and their concentrated products could make the most efficient use of natural sources, close the loop in nutrient cycling, and bring new income to farmers. Also, the need for the development and adoption of the efficient and simple scientific indicator tool, such as dietary NFP, for the communication among consumers, producers, retailers, policy makers, etc. on how to develop sustainable food system while considering nutritional balance of the diet was highlighted. With over 160 registrants, the online participants came mainly from the Philippines (28%), Vietnam (16%), Malaysia (11%), Taiwan (7%), Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. About 29% of those belonged to the private sector or NGOs. The forum was also livestreamed on FFTC’s official Facebook websites. All the workshop papers and PPT presentations will soon be shared on an open access mode for free on the FFTC official website for dissemination to the general public. For more information, please visit FFTC workshop pages at https://km.fftc.org.tw/workshop/3 Livestreamed videos: www.facebook.com/fftcforasiaandthepacific/videos
The 2022 DFNet workshop on e-commerce highlighted the innovations, opportunities and challenges brought by the recent advances of agri-food e-commerce in the tropical fruit value chains
May. 17, 2022
The 2022 DFNet workshop on e-commerce highlighted the innovations, opportunities and challenges brought by the recent advances of agri-food e-commerce in the tropical fruit value chains
Day 1 opening remark The 2022 DFNet workshop “Enhancing International Cooperation on Tropical Fruit Value Chains for Global Market: e-Commerce” was successfully conducted on May 5 and 6, 2022. This workshop was jointly organized by FFTC and Taiwan Agriculture Research Institute (TARI) - Fengshan Tropical Horticultural Experiment Branch, in partnership with the Commerce Development Research Institute (CDRI) and DFNet members. On Day One of the International Forum, 5 speakers from 4 countries (Belgium, Japan, Korea, Taiwan) were invited to present an overview of agri-food e-commerce and its development and challenges from country and business perspectives. Day Two, which was the Farmers’ Workshop, had three invited lecturers and 5 farmers’ representatives from Taiwan who exchanged their experiences in developing, operating, and participating in and training on agri-food e-commerce. The farmers’ panel discussion highlighted the difficulty of farmers’ time investment in business, the necessity of adapting their package and sale channels according to the fast changes of the environment and fast-evolving consumers’ shopping behavior.  Day 1 group photo This workshop highlighted and presented the innovations, opportunities and challenges brought by the recent advances of agri-food e-commerce in the tropical fruit value chain mainly in Asia, as well as the various e-commerce business models in Taiwan. It has been concluded in this workshop that, through continuous development of e-commerce by the private sector, public-private partnership, and even farmers themselves, they can effectively increase agri-food sales performance, which could contribute to improve rural economics in a direct way. With nearly 300 registrants, the online participants came mainly from Taiwan (23%), Philippines (22%), Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and India. About 24% of those belonged to the private sector. Day 2 farmer panelists Day 2 group photo The 2-day activity was also livestreamed on FFTC’s official Facebook websites (English and Chinese), where simultaneous translation service was provided for the Chinese/English speakers. All the workshop papers and PPT presentations will soon be shared on an open access mode for free on the FFTC official website for dissemination to the general public. For more information, please visit FFTC workshop pages at https://km.fftc.org.tw/#workshop Livestreamed videos in Chinese: Day 1: https://www.facebook.com/fftc.org.tw/videos/1589449464870676 Day 2: https://www.facebook.com/fftc.org.tw/videos/377166304328072 Livestreamed videos in English Day 1: https://www.facebook.com/fftcforasiaandthepacific/videos/1289019118288190 Day 2: https://www.facebook.com/fftcforasiaandthepacific/videos/320911276814284
FFTC visits TNDARES
Apr. 20, 2022
FFTC visits TNDARES
  FFTC Director Dr. Su-San Chang, Deputy Director Dr. Tomonari Watanabe and Agricultural Economist Mr. Kyong Won Lee recently visited the Tainan District Agricultural Research and Extension Station (TNDARES) of the Council of Agriculture. The purpose of this visit was to consult with Director Dr.  Hung -Ying Yang and her fellow researchers on current issues TNDARES and other agricultural organizations are facing in the context of global problems, like food security, the COVID-19 pandemic, and climate change. The issues on labor shortage and the increasing number of ageing farmers, overproduction of rice and promotion of alternative crops (corn and sorghum), improving soil quality and breeding climate-resilient vegetable varieties were mentioned in the discussion.  Every year, TNDARES organizes more than 100 training programs both onsite and online on varied topics like soil analysis and fertilizer recommendation, integrated pest management (IPM), among others.  It also sends specialists to farmers' associations to donduct training courses.  Recently, they launched a horticulture therapy program.  Both organizations hope to pursue a collaboration in the future covering the issues on crop value chain or attracting the young generation to be engaged in agricultural activities.
Center visits TLRI officials
Apr. 18, 2022
Center visits TLRI officials
  The FFTC delegation, including Director Dr. Su-San Chang, Deputy Director Dr. Tomonari Watanabe and Agricultural Economist Mr. Kyong Won Lee, recently visited the Taiwan Livestock Research Institute (TLRI).  In this visit, FFTC and TLRI discussed the current issues of livestock research and plans for future collaboration.  Director Dr. Chang firstly expressed FFTC's gratitude for the TLRI's long term partnership. The TLRI's Director General Dr. Jeng-Fang Huang also appreciated the close collaboration with FFTC. For the past two consecutive years (2020 and 2021), both FFTC and TLRI jointly held two workshops on ''Innovation and Application of Animal Vaccines and Health-Promotion Feed Additives for Antibiotic-Free Era in Livestock Industry" and "The Practice and Benefits of Circular Agriculture in Waste Reducing and Recycling." The purpose of this visit was to consult with TLRI about current issues on livestock research, especially in the light of today’s global problems, such as food security, the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, etc.  Director General Dr. Huang, Deputy Director General Dr. Churng-Faung Lee and Secretary General Dr. Mei-Ping Cheng mentioned the major issues and challenges faced by the livestock sector. These are reducing GHG emissions, increasing animal feed self-sufficiency, introducing smart/precision livestock farming systems, CPTPP, animal welfare and building up the food chain system from breeders to consumers.  FFTC would like to co-organize an international workshop covering one or more of these challenging issues in the future. 
FFTC renews MOU with VAAS
Apr. 15, 2022
FFTC renews MOU with VAAS
  The Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS) has recently renewed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with FFTC to further strengthen the partnership between both organizations. Under this MOU, the two organizations will continue to promote cooperation in the areas of agriculture through encouraging capacity and institution building. This could be in the form of training courses, programs, workshops, seminars and conferences and facilitating the dissemination of information on scientific, technical and economic matters concerning agriculture. Both organizations could also jointly organize lectures, training courses, conferences, etc.
Aug. 08, 2022
The 2022 FFTC AP-VAAS Forum on Circular Agriculture for Sustainable Healthy Diets highlighted agricultural waste recycling and communication with consumers
May. 17, 2022
The 2022 DFNet workshop on e-commerce highlighted the innovations, opportunities and challenges brought by the recent advances of agri-food e-commerce in the tropical fruit value chains
Apr. 20, 2022
FFTC visits TNDARES
Apr. 18, 2022
Center visits TLRI officials
Apr. 15, 2022
FFTC renews MOU with VAAS
Mar. 22, 2022
Courtesy visit to ITA
Mar. 09, 2022
Courtesy Visit to the IETO
Feb. 24, 2022
FFTC pays a courtesy call to NZCIO
Jan. 19, 2022
Israel officials and the new TECO Representative in Tel Aviv visit FFTC
Jan. 18, 2022
VECO Courtesy Call
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