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MARDI and FFTC’s August Workshop to tackle healthy soil-plant interactions
Jul. 25, 2022
MARDI and FFTC’s August Workshop to tackle healthy soil-plant interactions
  The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) and FFTC are jointly organizing an online workshop on August 22 that will highlight the synergistic interactions between soil and plants and how they contribute to agriculture resilience. Entitled “Role of Healthy Soil-Plant Interactions towards Achieving Resilient Agriculture in the Asian and Pacific Region,” the said workshop prioritizes one of the five themes of FFTC’s Strategic Action Plan for 2021-2024 on promoting climate-smart agriculture and green technologies. The semi-hybrid workshop, which will be part of the 15th ESAFS International Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, also aims to foster advanced technologies through research and development which could help strengthen resilience to natural disaster and support agro-diversity in Asian and Pacific agriculture. The one-day online workshop will gather 11 soil scientists from 8 countries (Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam) who will be sharing their knowledge and experiences on the current state of soil and plant healthy interactions towards achieving resilient agriculture and the latest technologies on soil-plant management. The workshop will be divided into six sessions: 1) the opening ceremony; 2) keynote session; 3) practical management to improve soil-plant interactions for agricultural productivity; 4) advances in soil-plant management to boost productivity, sustainability and resilience in agriculture; 5) general discussion on future challenges and R&D directions, contributions to zero carbon emissions, policy support to sound field practices, recommendations and conclusions; and 6) closing ceremony. For further details, please click on this link: https://km.fftc.org.tw/workshop/4 Please register the workshop at https://forms.gle/CACKk3xGvDgMVEms6
FFTC AP – VAAS Online Forum on Circular Agriculture for Sustainable Healthy Diets now open for registration
Jun. 21, 2022
FFTC AP – VAAS Online Forum on Circular Agriculture for Sustainable Healthy Diets now open for registration
  The 2022 FFTC AP-VAAS Forum entitled “Circular Agriculture for Sustainable Healthy Diets: Perspectives and Policy Implications in the Asian and Pacific Region” to be held online on July 19, 2022, is now open for registration. FFTC and Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS) are jointly organizing this meaningful event in partnership with FFTC Agricultural Policy Platform (FFTC AP) partners. Food systems have potentials to nurture the environment and human health; however, currently there are growing concerns that they are threatening both. In the last 50 years, agriculture production has become more resource intensive, relying heavily on the availability of fossil inputs in the form of synthetic fertilizers and agrochemicals, and fossil fuels. Decades of increasing productivity and efficiency in the agricultural sector have led to pressure on the living environment at the expense of water and soil quality, biodiversity, ecosystem, and climate ‒ among others. In the same context, human beings should not only consider healthy diets with nutritional and health benefits; sustainable food production and utilization should also be an integral part of it. Sustainable healthy diets are healthy to both people and the planet. Circular economy (CE) in the agri-food systems or circular agriculture implies that agri-food products are generated in ways that regenerate nature, food is not lost and wasted, and all the resources are used productively (PACE – Platform for Accelerating Circular Economy). The agri-food sector through practicing circular agriculture approaches has significant potential in the transition to low carbon and climate-friendly economy. Therefore, it is crucial to identify drivers and barriers in transition from linear agri-food systems towards circular agri-food systems addressing planetary healthy diets. The forum jointly organized by FFTC and VAAS, invites international experts to discuss: (1) Circular approaches to sustainable production and growth in the agri-food systems in Asia; (2) Nutrition and health communication approaches to enhance public awareness and consumption of sustainable healthy diets; and (3) Practical innovation and policy action to boost transition and scaling-up process of viable circular agri-food systems for sustainable healthy diets in Asia. We are cordially inviting all researchers, industry players, farmers and enthusiasts to register and participate in the forum. The participants can join us online at the webex virtual meeting room or watch live broadcast at FFTC-website or Facebook. Link to the program: https://km.fftc.org.tw/workshop/3/program Please register the workshop at https://forms.gle/UA67P48bfKqEa1NT7 Registration is free!  
TARI-FFTC 2022 Proficiency Testing Program of Soil, Plant Tissue, and Fertilizer Analysis is now open for registration
May. 25, 2022
TARI-FFTC 2022 Proficiency Testing Program of Soil, Plant Tissue, and Fertilizer Analysis is now open for registration
  Soil testing and plant tissue analysis is a technique in which the results can be applied to fertilization recommendations and increase the efficiency of fertilizer use and yields. Nowadays, increasing chemical fertilizer price and insufficient fertilizer supply is a worldwide issue. Therefore, efficient use of chemical fertilizers with consideration of available nutrients in the soil is more imperative than ever. To evaluate the capability and performance of laboratories for soil testing and plant analysis in the Asian and Pacific countries, the Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC) for the Asian and Pacific Region and the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) have been holding proficiency testing (abbreviation as PT) programs for soil testing and plant analysis since 2018. Since PT provides participating laboratories with the opportunity to compare their analytical results with other laboratories, continuing to participate in the PT program will help to improve the capabilities and performance of the participating laboratories. Last year, more than 50 laboratories from 6 Asian and Pacific countries had participated in our PT program. FFTC and TARI decided to continue the proficiency testing program in 2022 and add the heavy metals (cadmium and arsenic) into the testing items to continuously enhance the capability and performance of laboratories of soil testing and plant analysis in the Asian and Pacific countries. This PT project will be conducted free of charge to all representatives of participating laboratories, but it is only limited to 100 registrants (The organizer retains the right to select the registrants). Kindly register early so that you can be assured of a slot. Deadline of registration: July 20, 2022 For more information, please check the Scheme: https://bit.ly/3yXPtOa To register, please join from Here: https://bit.ly/3LO6QDA
Enhancing International Cooperation on Tropical Fruit Value Chains for Global Market: e-Commerce
Apr. 08, 2022
Enhancing International Cooperation on Tropical Fruit Value Chains for Global Market: e-Commerce
  2022 DFNet Workshop May 5, 2022 (10:00 – 15:00 GMT+8) May 6, 2022 (09:00 – 12:20 GMT+8) Agri-food supply chains generally involve multiple intermediaries between farmers and consumers. Farm gate products pass multiple layers and stakeholders before reaching the end of customers, resulting in higher values and prices which, in most cases, do not return to farmers. E-commerce can provide a platform for farmers to directly sell their products to different types of buyers, directly returning of the sales to farmers as a positive cycle of higher farmer income, more capital reinvestment and higher production efficiency. Most small-scale farmers lack the knowledge and capacity related to e-commerce technology and operation. In addition, agri-food e-commerce is much more challenged and complex in logistics and delivery systems than other types of products such as electronics and houseware. Many of the international or domestic e-commerce platforms were established for none-agri-food products and may not be able to be applied directly to agri-food business. During the COVID-19 pandemics, the city lockdown and limitation of human movement and contacts have stimulated rapid development of agri-food delivery systems that helps to fill the gaps of agri-food e-commerce. FFTC and Taiwan Agricultural Research institute (TARI) – Fengshan Branch, Council of Agriculture are organizing this workshop in partnership with the Commerce Development Research Institute (CDRI) and DFNet Project partners from Asian Pacific Region. The workshop includes a one-day international forum and a half-day farmers workshop. The forum invites international experts to discuss the recent development of agri-food e-commerce at local and regional levels, and the challenges and opportunities for tropical fruit growers. The farmers workshop will discuss e-commerce platforms, capacity development, and entry points for farmers to participate in agri-food e-commerce. We are cordially inviting all researchers, industry players, farmers and enthusiasts to register and participate in the workshop. The language of the international forum in Day I will be in English with Chinese interpretation. The Day II farmers workshop will be in Chinese with English interpretation. The participants can choose either of the languages and join us online at the webex virtual meeting room or watch live broadcast at FFTC-website or Facebook. In-person meeting at the TARI-Fengshan Branch will be by invitation due to limited number of seats arranged according to the COVID-19 alert measures. Please register the workshop at km.fftc.org.tw/workshop/2 Registration is free!
Center announces its 2022 projects schedule
Jan. 07, 2022
Center announces its 2022 projects schedule
  2022 marks another busy year for FFTC as the Center management announces its line-up of projects which include 8 workshops, 4 network projects, one TAC meeting and two regular programs. Approved by the FFTC Executive Board on its 106th Board Meeting on December 7 of last year, the 8 workshops include topics on climate change and food system, innovations on sugarcane research, healthy soil-plant interaction, intelligent production system for seeds and seedlings, livestock industry and aquaculture, circular agriculture for sustainable healthy diets, tropical fruit value chains for global markets and strategies for the industrialization of smart agriculture. Meanwhile, the Center will continue its 4 network projects on the FFTC Agricultural Policy Platform (AP), the Dragon Fruit (DFNet II), the Proficiency Testing (PT) programs of soil testing and plant analysis and the Knowledge Management (KM) Projects. All 12 Projects as well as the regular projects are aligned to FFTC’s Strategic Action Plan for 2021-2024. Below is the Center’s projects schedule for 2022 which will be updated on this website from time to time. PDF file download link: https://bit.ly/3EZJ3NA
Dec. 08, 2020
The Satoyama book is now off the press
Nov. 20, 2020
FFTC-MARDI book on ICTs for Precision Agriculture now off the press
Nov. 16, 2020
2020 FFTC Policy Forum on “Sustainable Agri-Food Systems Under and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic”
Sep. 21, 2020
FFTC-TLRI online and onsite International Symposium on “The Practice and Benefits of Circular Agriculture in Waste Reducing and Recycling”
Sep. 03, 2020
NARO-KU-FFTC International Symposium on Smart Food Value Chain - The solution to Asia’s Food Distribution (One-day Webinar)
Aug. 21, 2020
FFTC-MARDI videoconference tackles crop resilience for climate change
Aug. 10, 2020
JIRCAS-FFTC International Workshop on Applicable Solutions Against Rice Blast in Asia (One-day Webinar)
Aug. 05, 2020
2020 FFTC Dragon Fruit Workshop — Dragon Fruit Value Chain for Global Markets
Aug. 05, 2020
FFTC’s 50th anniversary and symposium postponed to next year
Jul. 20, 2020
The FFTC 2019 Annual Report now available online
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