As a renewal of the Center’s commitment to respond to the technological needs of the farmers in the Asian Pacific region amidst the constant changing global environment, the FFTC management has come up with its own strategic action plan for 2019-2020. This said action plan was recently presented to the FFTC Technical Advisory Committee (FFTC-TAC) last July and also to the members of the FFTC Working Group and the Executive Board.
Five themes underpin the Center’s Strategic Action plan for 2019-2020. These are as follows:
1. Intelligent agriculture by ICT – farmers in the 21st century have access to Information Communication Technologies, GPS, soil scanning, data management, soil media and the internet. FFTC therefore plans to organize more activities that will tap the expertise of people involved in intelligent agriculture. It hopes to gather more farm extension workers and work with the National Agriculture Research System (NARS) in the region to further enhance the knowledge on the role that ICT plays in raising crops and animals.
Farmers in the 21st century have access to Information Communication Technologies (ICT)
like the use of smart phones and the drone technology for crop monitoring, soil assessment, etc. Photos courtesy of Google images
2. Value-added agriculture—defined as the changing of raw agricultural product into something new through packaging, processing, cooling, drying, extracting or any type of process that makes the product from each original form, FFTC hopes to carry out projects that could help the farmers develop their own market niches through development of training programs on smart food systems, food processing, food safety and food consumer habits and preferences, among others.
Converting fresh lavender into oils or soaps, cucumber into pickles and fresh bananas into chips are
examples of value-added agricultural products. Photos courtesy of Google images
3. Climate-smart agriculture—FFTC intends to pursue activities that deal with climate-smart agriculture. It hopes that through collecting information on practical technologies and best practices, it can help mitigate GHG emission, promote low carbon farming, adapt and build resilience to climate change and increase agricultural activity.
Scientists have developed a technology to help farmers measure greenhouse gas emissions during crop production like this photo of farmers in India.
Photo courtesy of Google images and the Environment Defense Fund website
4. Environmentally friendly technologies –the Center is keen in promoting technologies that are ecologically sound, socially equitable, economically viable and environmentally sustainable. In line with the Satoyana initiative of realizing societies that are in harmony with nature and develop socio-economic activities that are aligned with the natural processes, FFTC aims to collect and disseminate information on green technologies for the production of safe and high-quality food, production of non-staple crops that are highly promising sources of income for poor farming communities and enhancement of rural entrepreneurship.
The bio bees, which is an example of environmentally friendlytechnology, house the stingless bees in small beehives in the greenhouse.
These bees help in the natural pollination process. Photo courtesyof Google images and the Greenhouse farming blogspot.
5. Rural resource management –the term basically covers the management of farmlands, irrigation, environment, organic resources and the rural community. In line with this, the Center aims to gather experts and ask for their support in designing seminars and workshop along the lines of rural revitalization, agri-tourism and recreation.
Rural resources management covers farmlands, Irrigation, environment, organic resources and the rural community.
The Center’s activities and projects for the next two years will all be anchored based on the abovementioned five themes.