As we enter the year of the Ox, we are pinning our hopes that 2021 will terminate all the troubles that 2020 has brought to our lives. Even if we are still in the middle of this pandemic, it is our wish that we can overcome our obstacles and that our businesses and livelihood will expand and flourish all-year round.
This year, FFTC has 11 projects in the pipeline. The activities in the projects include nine workshops, three networks and one seminar for our 50th Anniversary Event (please refer to the link). Because the ongoing pandemic cannot allow us to hold face-to-face meetings, all of our projects would still be done online with seven of these having onsite counterparts in our home base in Taiwan. Also including in our list of activities are the continuation of our Agricultural Policy Platform (now on its 9th year), our project on Enhancing International Collaboration for Tropical Fruit Value Chain for Global Markets (now on its 4th year) and our Proficiency Testing of Soil/Plant Analysis (now on its 4th year).
We would also like to announce an addition to our growing FFTC family as we welcome Mr. Lee Kyong Won, our new Korean Agricultural Economist, from the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation. Mr. Lee will start his work in the Center this March.
Undoubtedly, this will be a busy year for us in FFTC. But we are positive that given the usual full support of our partners and stakeholders, we will surmount the odds and come up with even higher quality outputs that are aligned with our Strategic Action Plan for 2021-2024. And with your constructive feedback and suggestions, we know that we can face the year’s challenges head on.
Wishing you peace, joy, good health and prosperity in the New Year!
SU-SAN CHANG, Ph.D.