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Speakers share agri extension practices and lessons in FFTC-PCAARRD videoconference
Sep. 06, 2021
Speakers share agri extension practices and lessons in FFTC-PCAARRD videoconference
  Various facets of agricultural extension modalities from modern to traditional, science and technology interventions, role of women, sustainability mechanisms and a whole lot more were shared and discussed by 13 speakers from 8 countries in the recently concluded FFTC-DOST-PCAARRD (Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development) joint videoconference on “Best Practices and Approaches on Agricultural Extension  Modalities.” The said videoconference, which was livestreamed in the Cisco Webex platform and the FFTC and PCAARRD Facebook pages, had no less than the Secretary of the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Dr. Fortunato T. de la Peña, who spoke about the need to improve agricultural innovation system and the importance of greater investment in agricultural extension modalities. Dr. Su-San Chang, Director of FFTC, says in her opening remarks that over the years, different countries have developed various agricultural extension modalities which were designed to enhance the transfer of technologies to small farmers and fisher folks. “They are diverse with their own peculiarities and complexities, and vary among countries depending on economic, social, cultural and historical factors.” The 13 speakers who come from Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan shared their experiences and presented different approaches on how they provided extension services in their countries. In the first session focusing on farm productivity, improved marketing and increase in income, Mr. Conrado Marquez, Director from Benguet State University (BSU), highlighted the importance of community and local government unit’s involvement in extension activities in the Philippines. Dr. Tzy-Ling Chen, Professor at the National Chung Hsing University, discussed Taiwan’s approach of facilitating access of youth to agriculture and rural development activities; while Ms. Jirapar Jomthaisong from Thailand’s Department of Agricultural Extension, professed the value of collective action in the form of cluster farm approach. In another session focusing on increasing resiliency through disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, Dr. Ruth Batani of BSU, discussed site-specific S&T based interventions in undulating and disaster prone areas in Northern Philippines. Dr. Toshikazu Hori, of the Institute of Rural Engineering, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), discussed how the application of ICT in the disaster prevention support system for irrigation pond works in Japan, enabling them to timely share disaster information relating to irrigation ponds in times of major disaster. Meanwhile, Dr. Tien-yin Chou, Dean of Feng-Chia University, in Taiwan, talked about how the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) can make disaster information transparent and precise. In Vietnam, Dr. Pham Cong Ngiep, of the Center for Agrarian Systems and Research and Development discussed the Vietnamese modern extension systems like digital apps to help prevent disasters. On the other hand, Korea’s agricultural extension and global technology cooperation was presented by Mr. Yoo Sueng Oh of the Rural Development Administration (RDA). In the last session on rural development especially for economically and / or socially disadvantaged areas, sociologist Anne Shangri-la Fuentes from the University of the Philippines in Mindanao, shared their lessons and experiences on the adoption of the Livelihood Improvement through Facilitated Extension or LIFE model in conflict-vulnerable communities in three provinces in Mindanao. Dr. Sheng-Jung Ou, Dean of Chaoyang University of Technology, discussed the Rural Community Enterprise Management Counseling Program in Taiwan. Dr. Dodik Nurrochmat, Professor of IPB University, presented Indonesia’s extension modalities focused on rural development especially for the smallholder farmers. Mr. Chanyut Parnutat, from Thailand’s Department of Agricultural Extension, presented how Thailand promotes Community Enterprise Development, and Mr. Mohd Nizam Mohd Nizat from the Malaysian Agricultural Development Institute (MARDI) discussed how Malaysia fosters agricultural entrepreneurship in elevating incomes and eradicating poverty through technology and innovation. “Indeed, there is no blueprint or one-size-fits-all in the provision of extension services to the farmers,” says Dr. Reynaldo Ebora, Executive Director of DOST-PCAARRD in his closing reamrks. “One approach can be combined with one or two methods according to the principle of adaptability.” More than 1,000 participants from different parts of the world registered and watched the videoconference in the Cisco Webex and the FFTC and PCAARRD Facebook pages. Aside from FFTC and DOST-PCAARRD, the National Taiwan Institute for Farmers Organization or NTIFO also partnered in the conduct of this videoconference, which was livestreamed simultaneously in both the English and Chinese languages. The full access to the paper and Powerpoint presentations of all the speakers can now be accessed on the FFTC website.
2021 MARDI-FFTC Workshop
Aug. 19, 2021
2021 MARDI-FFTC Workshop
MARDI-FFTC MoU Signing Ceremony. Left to right: Drs. Su-San Chang and Tomonari Watanabe, FFTC The 2021 MARDI-FFTC Workshop on“Application of IoT, Blockchain and E-commerce in Enhancing Agri-Food Supply Chains”was successfully held on August 03, 2021.  The online workshop was organized by FFTC in partnership with the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry. The workshop aimed to draw the attention of policymakers, researchers, industry players, and agri-food producers to foster  digital application as a strategy to enhance food value chains and promote its contributions to spur economic growth and improve the quality of life. Three Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) were highlighted respectively in the workshop sessions: (1) Blockchain to enhance reliability, (2) e-Commerce – marketing strategies, and (3) IoT – Challenges in farmers’ adoption. Eleven experts from seven countries (Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Germany and Indonesia), shared their knowledge and perspectives from the public, private sectors and academics. A panel consisting of the session speakers followed the 11 presentations to discuss how ICTs can enhance agri-food supply chains. Recommendations on capacity development and better adoption of ICTs by smallholder farmers were made. The workshop was concluded by the MARDI Director General and the FFTC Director. About 600 people registered in the workshop, including participants from Malaysia (208), the Philippines (159), Vietnam (37), Indonesia (34), India (32), Taiwan (31), Myanmar (14), Thailand (9), Bangladesh (8) and other countries.  About 70% belong to the public sector while 30% were from the private sector. The online workshop was mainstreamed live on two platforms—the Cisco Webex platform (max. 200 seats) and the FFTC Facebook Page. The Facebook video stream reached more than 1,220 views in three days.  The organizers wish to thank all the workshop participants who joined at the Webex meeting room and Facebook Live. For workshop information, please visit the website: https://sites.google.com/fftc.org.tw/2021mardi-fftcworkshop To watch the workshop video:  https://www.facebook.com/events/370897757797631/ MARDI-FFTC MoU Signing Ceremony. Left to right: Dato' Dr. Mohamad Zabawi Abdul Ghani and Mr. Tapsir Serin, MARDI MARDI-FFTC MoU Signing Ceremony A panelist consisting of session speakers discussed ICT to enhance agri-food supply chains, chaired by Dr. Manuela Zude-Sasse (up-left) Group photo after the closing Group photo after the closing
2021 FFTC-BAPHIQ-APAARI International Webinar on Monitoring and Early Warning of Plant Pest and Disease Epidemics in Response to Climate Change
Aug. 18, 2021
2021 FFTC-BAPHIQ-APAARI International Webinar on Monitoring and Early Warning of Plant Pest and Disease Epidemics in Response to Climate Change
  2021 BAPHIQ-TARI-APAARI International Webinar on “Monitoring and Early Warning of Plant Pest and Disease Epidemics in Response to Climate Change” was successfully conducted on July 27 and 28, 2021. The event is jointly organized by FFTC and Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ), COA; Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), COA; and Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI). The workshop had around 210 plus online registrants from 22 countries. The participants came mainly from Taiwan, India, Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand, and a few from Indonesia, Korea, Algeria, Australia, Fiji, Iran, Samoa, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, the Netherlands, Oman, and United Kingdom. The online workshop was mainstreamed live on the Cisco Webex platform. Workshop speakers and moderators were invited experts coming from 12 countries (Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam) to exchange experiences and best practices in the monitoring and early warning systems for plant pests and diseases in each country in response to climate change. For more information, please view the FFTC official website: https://www.fftc.org.tw/en/activities/detail/160
2021 FFTC-VAAS-CABI’s International Webinar on Fostering Sustainable Management of Banana Diseases in Asia
Aug. 17, 2021
2021 FFTC-VAAS-CABI’s International Webinar on Fostering Sustainable Management of Banana Diseases in Asia
  2021 FFTC-VAAS-CABI’s International Webinar on “Fostering Sustainable Management of Banana Diseases in Asia” was successfully conducted on July 22, 2021. The online workshop was organized by FFTC, in partnership with Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS), Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International – South East Asia (CABI-SEA), and Taiwan Banana Research Institute (TBRI). The workshop had around 180 plus online registrants from 14 countries. The participants came mainly from Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia, and a few from Thailand, India, Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Suriname, Uganda, and United Kingdom. The online workshop was mainstreamed live on two platforms—the Cisco Webex platform and the FFTC Facebook Pages, and with the onsite venue in Vietnam. Workshop speakers and moderators were invited experts coming from 8 countries (India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam), which produce banana in Asia and Pacific Region. For more information, please view the FFTC official website: https://www.fftc.org.tw/en/activities/detail/159 To watch the workshop video: (English Channel only) https://fb.watch/7kusY3Bwd9/
2021 DFNet Workshop displayed Opportunities and Challenges of Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) on Global/Local Fruit Markets
Aug. 04, 2021
2021 DFNet Workshop displayed Opportunities and Challenges of Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) on Global/Local Fruit Markets
Group photos of the participants and speakers. FFTC 2021 DFNet Workshop on “Global / Local GAP Certification to Enhance Market Opportunities - Challenges and Strategies” was successfully conducted on July 13, 2021. The online workshop was organized by FFTC, in partnership with Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), Taichung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station, and Dragon Fruit Network (DFNet). The workshop had around 300 plus online registrants. The participants came mainly from the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, India, Vietnam and Indonesia, and a few from HK, Japan, Bangladesh, and Costa Rica. About 70% of those belong to the public sector while 30% are from the private sector. The online workshop was mainstreamed live on two platforms—the Cisco Webex platform and the FFTC Facebook Pages in two languages - English and Chinese. In two weeks, the live video stream on Facebook has reached 691 views in the English channel and 573 views in the Chinese channel. This year, the DFNet workshop topics were expanded to cover other tropical fruits in addition to dragon fruit. Workshop speakers and panelists were invited experts coming from 7 countries (New Zealand, Japan, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Taiwan), representing the areas of farming, international trade, governments and academics coming For more information, please view the workshop website: https://sites.google.com/fftc.org.tw/2021dfnetworkshop/home To watch the workshop video: English Channel Chinese Channel Mr. Peter Landon-Lane, Director – Innovation & Technical at T&G Global Limited, New Zealand, giving a first lecture entitled “Development of international markets for new fruit varieties” at Session 1.   Panel Discussion I moderated by Dr. Bob Fullerton, Principal Scientist from Plant and Food Research (PFR), New Zealand, with the speakers from Session 1 and 2 discussing the GAP issues.   Panel Discussion II moderated by Dr. Jiang, Yi-Lu, Associate Professor and GLOBAL G.A.P. Consultant form National Chia-Yi University, Taiwan, with four panelists from Taiwan discussing the opportunities and challenges of GAPs certification for smallholder farmers in Taiwan.
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