The FFTC Executive Board, chaired by no less than Taiwan’s Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Chi-Chung Chen, recently endorsed the Center’s Strategic Action Plan Focusing on Holding Workshops in 2021-2024. This means the FFTC management already has the full blessings to implement the strategic action plan that took almost a year to draft, had it approved and endorsed.
The FFTC Strategic Action Plan Focusing on Holding Workshops and Seminars in 2021-2024 gives the Center management a clear guide to help prioritize goals, maximize resources, increase the organization’s effectiveness and make better decisions. This means that all 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.
Part of the inspiration for its crafting is the groundwork by the United Nations in its plan to achieve food security and improve nutrition for the growing world population and sustainable management of natural resources.
The 35-page document traces the entire process in the making of the Center’s strategic action plan, which stated in creating a task force headed by FFTC Deputy Director Dr. Akira Hasebe. It began with a review of the FFTC activities for 2019, doing library research and conducting monthly meetings. It also discusses the series of caravan tours which went on for five months in which the Center management visited, met and discussed with agricultural leaders of Taiwan’s agricultural institutes, agencies, universities and government organizations to learn and collect information from their ongoing research work and their directions and vision about their relevant research fields. The caravan tours culminated in the conduct of a final consultation meeting with Taiwan’s agricultural experts. The strategic plan also provides a summary of the analysis and results of the said caravan tours and consultation meeting which led to the creation of an operational strategy and the listing of the Center’s five-program themes. This formed the basis of a blueprint on how FFTC’s workshops and seminars are to be conceptualized, planned and operationalized.
First approved by the Center’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), headed by its Chairman, Dr. Masa Iwanaga, President and Director General of the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), during its recently held meeting on July 21, the FFTC Strategic Action Plan Focusing on Holding Workshops and Seminars in 2021-2024, was then sent to all the members of the FFTC Executive Board Members for their endorsement.
To read and download the whole strategic action plan, click on this link https://www.fftc.org.tw/zh/publications/main/2279