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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.
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 https://www.fftc.org.tw/en/activities/detail/156
Dec. 15, 2020
Center’s Executive Board approves 11 projects for 2021
Dec. 07, 2020
FFTC-AP forum tackles building of agri-food system resilience to cope with COVID-19
Nov. 13, 2020
Center bids goodbye to Dr. Hasebe
Nov. 12, 2020
The 114th Meeting of the Working Group
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
Nov. 05, 2020
Circular agriculture symposium participants visit Yilan
Nov. 04, 2020
FFTC renews MOU with Kasetsart University (KU), Thailand
Oct. 07, 2020
Rice technologies and climate adaptation strategies featured in FFTC-MARDI videoconference
Sep. 30, 2020
The 3rd Dragon Fruit Workshop Ended Successfully with 10,000 Views in Three Days
Sep. 21, 2020
“Applicable Solutions Against Rice Blast in Asia” international workshop ended successfully
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