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FFTC- BAPHIQ-TARI-APAARI International Webinar on “Monitoring and Early Warning of Plant Pest and Disease Epidemics in Response to Climate Change”
Jun. 22, 2021
FFTC- BAPHIQ-TARI-APAARI International Webinar on “Monitoring and Early Warning of Plant Pest and Disease Epidemics in Response to Climate Change”
  The Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC) for the Asian and Pacific Region, Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) and Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) of the Council of Agriculture, and the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) are collaborating in organizing the International Webinar on “Monitoring and Early Warning of Plant Pest and Disease Epidemics in Response to Climate Change,” which will be held on July 27-28, 2021. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the symposium will be held online via WebEx videoconference system for all speakers and participants. FFTC has invited Dr. Ravi Khetarpal, the Executive Secretary of APAARI to be the keynote speaker. Besides the keynote session, this workshop has three other sessions with the following themes: 1) Country and Regional Report; 2) New Tools and Technologies of Monitoring, Early Warning and Prevention and Control; and 3) Panel Discussion: Future Strategy and Regional Cooperation. We are cordially inviting policy makers, scientists, researchers, agriculturists, plant pathologists, and entomologists to join us in this webinar. To follow Taiwan government's epidemic prevention regulation according to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the overall plan is continuously being adjusted. For more information about this event, please check the webinar webpage, or follow us on our FFTC Facebook fans page and our official website.
FFTC holds virtual mid-term TAC meeting
Jul. 08, 2021
FFTC holds virtual mid-term TAC meeting
11 of the 12 members of FFTC’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recently attended the virtual mid-term TAC Meeting. Chaired by Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora, Executive Director of the Philippines’ DOST-PCAARRD, the said meeting, which lasted for almost two hours, became the venue for the FFTC management to inform the TAC members about the Center’s project updates. It also served as a chance for FFTC Director Dr. Su-San Chang, to introduce the new TAC members and the new FFTC staff to each other, albeit virtually. Discussion centered mostly on how the Center is operating under the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the TAC members’ advice and recommendations on how to smoothen the preparations on holding of FFTC’s online workshops and videoconferences. The FFTC-TAC comprises of 12 distinguished agricultural scientists and officers from 8 countries (Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan) and serves to provide advice to the Center. Traditionally, it meets once every two years, but for this year, the FFTC management held a virtual mid-term TAC meeting to present more updates on the Center’s current projects and activities.
Director Chang hosts welcome dinner for two FFTC newcomers
May. 13, 2021
Director Chang hosts welcome dinner for two FFTC newcomers
FFTC Director Dr. Su-San Chang recently hosted a welcome dinner party for the two newcomers in the Center - Deputy Director Dr. Tomonari Watanabe and Agricultural Policy Specialist Mr. Lee Kyong Won. Aside from Dr. Chang and the FFTC staff and management, other invited guests to the welcome dinner party included representatives of the Center’s country partners and officials of international and local agricultural organizations and agencies. In her opening speech, Dr. Chang officially welcomed and introduced Dr. Watanabe and Mr. Lee as the new members of the FFTC family. Dr. Watanabe, a Japanese entomologist, who is the former Director General of Japan’s Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences or NIAES, one of the core Institutes of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization or NARO, will assist Dr. Chang in the daily operations of the Center. On the other hand, Mr. Lee, who has worked for 30 years in Korea’s National Agricultural Cooperative Federation (NACF), will be in charge of the Center’s Agricultural Policy Platform. Dr. Chang also enjoined all FFTC staff and partners to give their full support to the two newcomers of the Center.
Center welcomes its new Deputy Director
Apr. 14, 2021
Center welcomes its new Deputy Director
  FFTC cheerfully welcomes its new Deputy Director, Dr. Tomonari Watanabe, who recently arrived in Taipei from his homeland in Japan to start his stint with the Center. As the new FFTC Deputy Director, Dr. Watanabe will assist the Director in the daily operations of the Center, as well as handling projects which will be assigned to him. He will also be the point person on matters related to FFTC’s activities with Japan, one of the Center’s major country partners. Dr. Watanabe, an entomologist whose field of expertise is on rice insect pests, is the former Director General (DG) of Japan’s Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences (NIAES), one of the core Institutes of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO). A Ph.D. in agriculture from Kyoto University in 1994, Dr. Watanabe started his career as a plant inspector at the Yokohama plant protection station at Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF). From there he rose from the ranks and became a researcher at the Kyushu National Agricultural Research Station, and a Senior Researcher at the National Agriculture Research Center (NARC), where he also became its laboratory chief from 2004 to 2006. From 2010 to 2016, Dr. Watanabe was the Division head of NARC’s Agro Informatics before he was promoted as DG of NIAES, a position he held for five years. Dr. Watanabe replaced Dr. Akira Hasebe, who was FFTC’s Deputy Director from 2018 till he retired on November 11, 2020. A screenshot of the FFTC online staff meeting in which Dr. Tomanari Watanabe, the Center's new Deputy Director, was welcomed by the FFTC management and staff headed by Director Dr. Su-San Chang. Following the health protocol, Dr. Watanabe is currently quarantined in Taipei and will report to the Center on the first week of May.
Mr. Lee Kyong Won’s official first day at the office
Mar. 19, 2021
Mr. Lee Kyong Won’s official first day at the office
FFTC’s new Korean agricultural policy specialist Mr. Lee Kyong Won recently spent his official first day at the office. Over tea, he was warmly welcomed by the FFTC family headed by Director Dr. Su-San Chang. As the new agricultural policy specialist, Mr. Lee, who has worked for 30 years in Korea’s National Agricultural Cooperative Federation (NACF), will be in charge of the FFTC-Agricultural Policy Platform, which is now on its 9th year. He will also be assisting some of the Center staff in organizing several workshops and events, and will be the main coordinator of the Center in its activities with its Korean partners.
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