This year marks the 50th Anniversary celebration of FFTC. It is a momentous occasion in the history of our Center, and we have planned twin events to celebrate it—via a symposium and our 25th Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting. We were originally planning to have the celebration early this year but because of the Covid-19 issue, we have to postpone our twin events. Our TAC meeting has been moved to July 21 and our 50th Anniversary symposium has been postponed to October 21.
Meanwhile, we thought of sharing with you snippets of FFTC’s 50-year history through this series of monthly e-newsletters which we are publishing online in the next five months. These are parts of “FFTC@50,” our Anniversary book, which is soon to be off the press, and will be launched within the year to mark the significance of our half-century of existence as an international organization. The e-newsletters contain historical milestones of our struggles and achievements and how we tried to remain relevant and be attuned to the call of the times. We hope that through these e-newsletters, you would have a better appreciation of our organization: our mission and vision; our activities and our trials and triumphs.
We are also happy to inform you that this year, we have already finished drafting our “Strategic Action Plan Focusing on Holding our Workshops and Seminars in 2021-2024.” This action plan, which is basically made up of five program themes, will be the main guide that will help us prioritize our goals, maximize our resources, increase our effectiveness and help us make better decisions. This means that all our major activities for this year and the succeeding four years, will be underpinned based on the following five program themes: 1) increasing productivity by strengthening agricultural R&D and investments; 2) enhancing food value chains and consumer oriented production; 3) promoting climate-smart and resilient agriculture; 4) fostering circular agriculture; and 5) strengthening resource management and rural development.
We therefore want to share with you our humble contributions for the past 50 years as we do our work in helping our Asian farmers in the region to achieve a higher quality of life. We do hope you would enjoy reading our series of newsletters as much as we did in producing them for you.
SU-SAN CHANG, Ph.D.