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AIT agri section chief visits FFTC
Oct. 13, 2021
AIT agri section chief visits FFTC
  Mr. Erich Kuss, Agricultural Section Chief of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), together with Ms. Troy Lai, AIT Agricultural Specialist, recently visited the Center and was welcomed by Dr. Su-San Chang, Director of FFTC and Deputy Director Dr. Tomonari Watanabe. Dr. Chang and Dr. Watanabe took turns to introduce Mr. Kuss and Ms. Lai to FFTC—its mission, history and past and current activities. Mr. Kuss, who arrived in Taiwan last July, 2021, expressed his interest to know more about the Center and is very much open to discussing possible areas of collaboration between AIT and FFTC in the future.
Taiwan officials and member country representatives laud FFTC’s contributions to help Asian farmers on its 50th Anniversary
Oct. 08, 2021
Taiwan officials and member country representatives laud FFTC’s contributions to help Asian farmers on its 50th Anniversary
  The Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC) for the Asian and Pacific Region, an international agricultural organization based in Taipei, Taiwan, marked its 50th anniversary via online celebration and symposium on Wednesday (October 6). Established in 1970 with the mission to collect and disseminate agricultural technologies and policies to help farmers in the Asian region improve their quality of lives, FFTC’s 50th anniversary was supposed to be celebrated last year but because of the pandemic, it has been postponed to October 6. Part of the Center’s celebration was the conduct of an international symposium entitled “Making Agri-Food Systems Sustainable” which reflects a common issue for all countries today, and with the COVID-19 pandemic severely disrupting global economic activities and the supply chain of agri-food systems, the world is now considering how to ensure rapid economic recovery and to build sustainable and resilient agri-food systems. Several Taiwan officials greeted the FFTC management in the said online celebration. Dr. Chi-Chung Chen, the Minister of the Council of Agriculture as well as FFTC’s Executive Board Chairman, said that FFTC, as an international agricultural technology and policy information center, has played a vital role in the past fifty years as a facilitator of regional cooperation and information sharing in the Asia-Pacific region. He said that the Center’s activities helped paved the way for small-scale Asian farmers to improve their agricultural productivity and welfare that contributed to food security and sustainable agricultural and rural development in the region. He further said that the Center’s role becomes even more significant during this COVID-19 pandemic in helping make the regional agri-food systems sustainable and resilient. He would like to take this opportunity to appreciate time-honoured cooperation and support from member countries (Japan, Taiwan, Korea, The Philippines, Vietnam) and partner countries (Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Thailand). On the other hand, FFTC Director Dr. Su-San Chang mentioned in her remarks that “FFTC acts as an intermediary between international and national agricultural organizations within the region and serves as a resource hub on Asian agriculture to deliver the much-needed information to researchers, extension workers, and scientists within the region.” She further said: “We try to address the current issues that beset Asian agriculture such as low agricultural productivity, climate change, labor shortage and aging population, food insecurity, lack of knowledge on recycling agricultural wastes, etc.” “The Center’s commitment revolves around how the Center might best be able to help millions of small-scale farmers in the region, in the best way we can.”, Director Chang reaffirmed. President Tsai Ing-Wen and Foreign Minister Dr. Jaushieh Joseph Wu each both delivered messages to congratulate the Center’s 50th Anniversary via pre-recorded videos. President Tsai says, as a founding member country, Taiwan will continue to be an active supporter of FFTC and its work while collaborating closely with all member and partner countries. As a host country and founding member, Taiwan has been working closely with the Center to share its expertise with the international community. President Tsai praised the Centre, “For half a century, FFTC has worked to collect and share information on agricultural technologies and policies, in order to empower small farmers across the region. The Centre has made vital contributions to our common goals of increasing agricultural productivity, raising farmers’ incomes, advancing sustainable development, and ensuring food security”. The FFTC Executive Board Members from member countries also expressed their congratulations to the Center management on the occasion of its 50th year. Meanwhile, the international symposium entitled “Making Agri-Food Systems Sustainable” featured 2 keynote speakers and 7 speakers from Indonesia, Japan, Korean, Malaysia, Taiwan, The Philippines and Thailand, all of them engaged in a fruitful discussion on how to develop a sustainable and resilient agri-food system in the Asia-Pacific region.   The video of the whole event is available online: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKHhCOMSbcM
Courtesy call to the Council of Agriculture
Oct. 07, 2021
Courtesy call to the Council of Agriculture
  On September 30, FFTC Director Dr. Su-San Chang and Deputy Director Dr. Tomonari Watanabe paid a courtesy visit to Dr. Chi-Chung Chen, Minister of the Council of Agriculture (COA), Executive Yuan, as well as the chairman of the FFTC Executive Board. This is Dr. Watanabe's first official visit to the Minister after he assumed his duties in May, this year. In the said visit, Director Chang briefed Minister Chen about the Center’s projects including the upcoming 50th anniversary event, the three networking projects and 11 symposia/workshops, covering topics like smart agriculture, animal vaccines and feed additives for antibiotics-free animal production, agricultural extension modalities, monitoring and early warning of plant pest and disease epidemics in response to climate change, sustainable management of banana diseases, sustainable agri-food system, agricultural policies, etc. Minister Chen lauded Director Chang's excellent leadership, and the Center’s so many accomplishments given its limited staff and resources. Director Chang and Deputy Director Watanabe also exchanged thoughts on current agricultural issues with Minister Chen, particularly on topics like smart agriculture, climate change, carbon neutrality and circular agriculture—all of which are reflected in FFTC's current Strategic Action Plan. Minister Chen said the COA and its affiliated institutions will continue to support FFTC in its implementation of projects to promote collaboration with various agricultural agencies and institutions in the Asian and Pacific region.
Center visits Korean Mission in Taipei
Sep. 29, 2021
Center visits Korean Mission in Taipei
  On September 23, 2021, FFTC Director Dr. Su-San Chang, Deputy Director Dr. Tomonari Watanabe and Agricultural Economist Mr. Kyong Woo Lee paid a courtesy call to the Representative Office of the Korean Mission in Taipei. The delegation was received by Deputy Representative of the Mission Mr. Soon-Chang Hong (FFTC Executive Board member) and Chief of the Economic Department Ms. Jung Sook Yang (FFTC Working Group member). The purpose of this courtesy call is to personally invite the Center’s EB member Mr. Hong and Working Group member Ms. Yang to attend the upcoming 50th Anniversary and Symposium of FFTC which will be held virtually on October 6. Director Chang also briefed the Korean officers about this year's project updates. Due to the pandemic, all of the Center’s activities have been switched to virtual events. The two parties also exchanged some thoughts about the importance of the food supply chain and food security as it relates to agricultural development during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Smart Agriculture is also one topic that they discussed, which is an important issue in the current agricultural environment.
2021 NARO-FFTC Symposium on “Data-Driven Agriculture in the Asian and Pacific Region: To Ensure Productivity and Sustainability” successfully concluded on September 3
Sep. 28, 2021
2021 NARO-FFTC Symposium on “Data-Driven Agriculture in the Asian and Pacific Region: To Ensure Productivity and Sustainability” successfully concluded on September 3
  The 2021 NARO-FFTC Symposium on “Data-Driven Agriculture in the Asian and Pacific Region – To Ensure Productivity and Sustainability” was successfully conducted on September 3, 2021. The online symposium was co-organized by FFTC and National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Japan. The symposium had over 900 registrants. The participants came mainly from Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, and a few from North America, Africa, and Europe. About 65% of those belong to the public sector while 25% are from the private sector. In the symposium, 11 speakers from 6 countries (Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand), shared their experiences in wide scopes covering various applications of AI, UAVs, IoTs, and data platforms. “Precision Agriculture” could become an alternative option enabling a better, efficient, and sustainable farming productivity to small-scale farmers, especially in the Asian and Pacific region. In this symposium, successful examples of data-driven agricultural technologies were introduced including their applications along the agricultural value chain from upstream to downstream. The former aims to increase production efficiency by using sensors system and decision supporting system, and through fluorescence optical systems and AI-based image analysis to decrease and even predict the occurrence of the disease in the farm. The latter, covering consumption, harvest quality, and process management, introduced various platforms developed by public and private sectors to ensure the establishment of a sustainable agriculture ecosystem. This symposium also aims to contribute significantly to accelerating the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Asian and Pacific region. The symposium was only open to registered participants on the Cisco Webex platform. However, all the symposium papers and PPT presentations will be shared later on the FFTC official website for dissemination to the general public. For more information, please visit FFTC activity website: www.fftc.org.tw/en/activities/detail/161
Oct. 13, 2021
AIT agri section chief visits FFTC
Oct. 08, 2021
Taiwan officials and member country representatives laud FFTC’s contributions to help Asian farmers on its 50th Anniversary
Oct. 07, 2021
Courtesy call to the Council of Agriculture
Sep. 29, 2021
Center visits Korean Mission in Taipei
Sep. 28, 2021
2021 NARO-FFTC Symposium on “Data-Driven Agriculture in the Asian and Pacific Region: To Ensure Productivity and Sustainability” successfully concluded on September 3
Sep. 27, 2021
Visit to College of Bioresources and Agriculture, NTU
Sep. 06, 2021
Speakers share agri extension practices and lessons in FFTC-PCAARRD videoconference
Aug. 19, 2021
2021 MARDI-FFTC Workshop
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
Aug. 17, 2021
2021 FFTC-VAAS-CABI’s International Webinar on Fostering Sustainable Management of Banana Diseases in Asia
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