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Center’s Executive Board approves 11 projects for 2021
Dec. 15, 2020
Center’s Executive Board approves 11 projects for 2021
FFTC’s five Executive Board members who attended the Center’s 105th Board Meeting last December 9, approved 11 project proposals, including one special project for 2021. FFTC Director Dr. Su-San Chang, who presented FFTC’s main accomplishments and performance for the year, discussed the 11 project proposals for 2021, which included 8 online and onsite workshops, a symposium for the Center’s 50th Anniversary, the continuation of the FFTC Agricultural Policy Platform, and the Dragon Fruit Project. The topics of the workshops for next year includes agricultural sensors technology and smart supply chain, digital agricultural transformation, digital bio-economy and the role of E-commerce and IoT, agricultural extension modalities, innovation and application of animal vaccines and feed additives for antibiotics-free era, breeding, cultivation and processing of sweet potato, and data interpretation and fertilization recommendation as part of the Center’s PT testing of soil and plant analysis. All 11 projects and the special project are aligned to the recently approved FFTC’s Strategic Action Plan (SAP) for 2021-2024. These projects were also recently approved for endorsement by the FFTC Working Group in a meeting held last November 11. For the first time in FFTC’s Executive Board meeting history, Dr. Masa Iwanaga, President of the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), and Chairman of FFTC’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) joined the meeting as an online observer. As Chairman of TAC, Dr. Iwanaga said he is very pleased that the system which they recommended is already working very well and that the themes of  the Center’s future activities that came out are very timely and relevant. Mr. Angelito Banayo, Representative of the Philippines’ Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) is this year’s Acting Chairman of the Executive Board. Other EB members present during the meeting include Mr. Vincent Lin, DG of COA’s International Department (representing COA Minister Chi-Chung Chen), Mr. Mitsuaki Hoshino, Chief Deputy Representative, Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Mr. Soon-Chang Hong, Deputy Representative, Korean Mission in Taipei, and Mr. Nguyen Anh Dong, Representative, Vietnam Economic and Cultural Office. Other observers and guests present during the meeting are: Mr. Noboyuki Shikasho of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Office, Ms. Irene Joan Tan of MECO, Mr. Albert T.K. Wen and Mr. Chun-I Liu of the COA and Mr. Hong-Manh Vo of Vietnam.
FFTC-AP forum tackles building of agri-food system resilience to cope with COVID-19
Dec. 07, 2020
FFTC-AP forum tackles building of agri-food system resilience to cope with COVID-19
  Building resilience in the agriculture community through national policy support and technologies has been the center of discussion in the recently concluded “2020 Agricultural Policy Forum on Sustainable Agri-Food Systems Under and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Discussants in the said forum also focused their presentations on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the agri-food sector, regional and country specific policy response measures adopted, sustainability, innovation systems, food assistance programs, and the use of digital and automatic operation system and e-commerce in agriculture, among others. For two days, agriculture experts from Germany, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan took turns in presenting and discussing ways to cope with the current COVID-19 pandemic, which, as FFTC Director Dr. Su-San Chang pointed out, has led to widespread economic distress and disruption on trade and supply chain in the Asian and Pacific Region, and brought about profound impacts on the region’s food systems, including food security and nutrition, food and livestock production, food safety, food supply chains and other aspects of the agri-food industry. Part of their suggested solution is to build agricultural resilience through smart technologies, broad-based partnerships and national policy support. Highlights of the FFTC Agriculture Policy (AP) Forum, including all the papers presented, can be read and downloaded in the FFTC website. This year’s FFTC-AP Forum was organized in cooperation with the Rural Economics Society of Taiwan, the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation of South Korea, Korea Rural Economic Institute or KREI, the Taiwanese-German Association for Economic and Social Research or DTG, and the Agricultural Policy Research Center, Agricultural Technology Research Institute or ATRI. Related News Nov. 16, 2020 2020 FFTC Policy Forum on “Sustainable Agri-Food Systems Under and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic” Final Report
Center bids goodbye to Dr. Hasebe
Nov. 13, 2020
Center bids goodbye to Dr. Hasebe
  FFTC Director Dr. Su-san Chang recently hosted a farewell dinner party to its Japanese Deputy Director, Dr. Akira Hasebe, who has retired from the Center. Dr. Hasebe, whose stint with FFTC began on April 9, 2018, has helped in the management and daily operations of FFTC up to his last working day on November 11. The former NARO Vice President has been instrumental in both the technical and administrative management aspects of the Center’s holding of its seminars and workshops. He also spearheaded the crafting of FFTC’s Strategic Action Plan for 2021-2024. At the farewell dinner, friends and colleagues paid tribute and toasted to Dr. Hasebe and his wife and wished them good luck as they embark on a new journey in their life back in Japan.
The 114th Meeting of the Working Group
Nov. 12, 2020
The 114th Meeting of the Working Group
  The Center held its 114th Meeting of the Working Group (WG) last November 11. Seven WG members from Japan, Korea, Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan attended the meeting, together with observers from Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Chi-Hung Lin, Deputy Director General of COA’s International Department (who represented the DG Mr. Vincent Lin), was the Chairman of the meeting. FFTC Director Dr. Su-san Chang and Deputy Director Dr. Akira Hasebe took turns to present the accomplishments of the Center for 2020, as well as the proposed projects for next year. The WG members, who are representatives of FFTC’s partner countries, serve as a link to the Executive Board and the FFTC management. The recommendations of the WG members will be elevated to the Executive Board in another meeting in December.
Agri food loss, wastes, and innovative technologies for the reuse, recycling and value addition of agricultural wastes and residuals highlight circular agriculture symposium
Nov. 10, 2020
Agri food loss, wastes, and innovative technologies for the reuse, recycling and value addition of agricultural wastes and residuals highlight circular agriculture symposium
  The recently concluded FFTC-TLRI online and on-site International Symposium on “The Practice and Benefits of Circular Agriculture in Waste Reducing and Recycling” started as part of the Asia Agri-Tech Expo and Forum at the Nangang Exhibition Center in Taipei.  Dr. Junne-Jih Chen, Deputy Minister of the Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan of Taiwan, was the special guest during the opening ceremony. Dr. Ravi Khetarpal, Executive Secretary of Asia-Pacific Association of Agriculture Research Institutes (APAARI) also gave an opening remark via online participation. In this two-day symposium, 14 speakers and four panelists from Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, and Vietnam  shared their knowledge and experiences on the impacts of food loss and wastes on agriculture, environment and economy and how innovative technologies for the reuse, recycling, value addition of agricultural wastes and resides can help in the effective operations of circular agriculture. On November 3, the registration of online and onsite participants has reached 161 and 158 people. Final Report
Dec. 13, 2016
Highlights of 2016 FFTC-JIRCAS-NARO International Workshop on Advanced Breeding Methods for Developing Stress-tolerant Food Crops
Nov. 03, 2016
Highlights of 2016 FFTC-MARDI International Workshop on Effective IP Protection and Commercialization Strategies for Agricultural Innovation
Oct. 31, 2016
Highlights of Mitigation of greenhouse gases and adaptation to climate change in livestock production systems
Oct. 28, 2016
Dr. Takenaka Attends the 49th JSRMP Annual Meeting
Sep. 29, 2016
Highlights of Regional Workshop on the Control of Dragon Fruit Diseases
Aug. 02, 2016
Highlights of the Workshop on Management and Control of Important Transboundary Animal Diseases in the Asia Pacific Region
Jul. 27, 2016
Highlights of the International Seminar on Implementing and Improving Crop Natural Disaster Insurance Program
Jul. 18, 2016
Highlights of The 23rd Meeting of the FFTC TAC
Jul. 05, 2016
Report of the FFTC 2015 External Review
May. 28, 2016
Highlights of Workshop on Grafting to Improve Fruit-Vegetable Production
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