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Courtesy visit to the AOT
Dec. 02, 2021
Courtesy visit to the AOT
  On November 26, Director Dr. Su-San Chang and Deputy Director Dr. Tomonari Watanabe paid a courtesy visit to the Australian Office Taipei (AOT) and met with Mr. Michael Googan, Deputy Representative and Ms. Laura Salt, Deputy Director, Economic and Policy Section. FFTC will collaborate with the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) and co-organize a smart agriculture workshop in 2022. Australia has just become a full member of the GCTF so the main purposes of this courtesy visit are to introduce the Center and brief AOT on the smart agriculture workshop proposal. Director Dr. Chang and Deputy Representative Mr. Googan exchanged some ideas about the proposal, such as including the Pacific Island countries to participate in the proposed workshop. FFTC also plans to explore new partnership opportunities along this area. GCTF, which consists of four full partner countries- Taiwan, the United States, Japan, and Australia, is a platform that addresses global issues of mutual concern, enhances multilateral cooperation throughout the Indo-Pacific region and builds up partnerships with regional countries. This is the first time for GCTF to address an agricultural related issue and it is a great honor for the Center to collaborate with the GCTF in 2022. 
TLRI-FFTC online symposium focuses on animal vaccines and feed additives as alternatives to antibiotics
Nov. 24, 2021
TLRI-FFTC online symposium focuses on animal vaccines and feed additives as alternatives to antibiotics
  The 2021 TLRI-FFTC Symposium on “Innovation and Application of Animal Vaccines and Health-Promotion Feed Additives for Antibiotic-Free Era in Livestock Industry” was successfully conducted on November 11 and 12, 2021. This online international symposium was co-organized by FFTC and Taiwan Livestock Research Institute (TLRI), Taiwan. In livestock farming, antibiotics are usually used to enhance or promote growth or achieve better feed efficiency, thus leading to prolonged dose exposure of animal gut bacteria to these drugs and the increasing risks of building up antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a serious threat to human health. Therefore, the innovation and commercialization of animal vaccines and health-promotion feed additives as alternatives to antibiotics for livestock animals becomes an important challenge of the industry. The objective of this joint international symposium is to promote a healthier utilization of animal vaccines and health-promotion feed additives in the region, against the increasing risks brought by antibiotic-resistant bacteria that reflect consumers concerns on food quality and safety. With over 100 registrants, the online participants came from Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and USA. About 65% of those belonged to the public sector while 25% were from the private sector. This international symposium was also livestreamed on FFTC’s official Facebook websites (English and Chinese), where simultaneous translation service was provided for the Chinese speakers. To date, there has been an accumulated 650 video views from the FFTC Facebook page. In this international symposium, 20 speakers from 6 countries (Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, USA), representing government, research institutes, and private companies, exchanged and shared knowledge on the development and application of animal vaccines and health-promotion feed additives in the livestock industry. In this international symposium, three topics – vaccines, feed additives, and commercialization & marketing, covered the latest trends, challenges and key issues in both the upstream and downstream side of the livestock industry value chain. The former introduced and shared the R&D methodologies, application examples, and immune efficacy of animal vaccines and feed additives, while the latter addressed the marketing strategies and business management aspect of animal vaccine and feed additives product lines globally and regionally. The 2-day international symposium was open to registered participants on the Cisco Webex platform. For people with unstable internet connection capacity, the symposium was broadcasted live on the FFTC official websites with video replays available at any time. All the symposium papers and PPT presentations will soon be shared on an open access mode for free on the FFTC official website for dissemination to the general public. For more information, please visit FFTC activity website: https://www.fftc.org.tw/zh/activities/detail/167  
Center holds its 115th Working Group Meeting
Nov. 19, 2021
Center holds its 115th Working Group Meeting
  FFTC held its 115th Meeting of the Working Group (WG) on November 9. Six WG members from Japan, Korea, Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan attended the meeting, together with observers from Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), and the Vietnam Economic and Cultural Office (VECO). Mr. Vincent Chia-Rong Lin, Director General of COA’s International Affairs Department was elected as the Chairman of the meeting. FFTC Director Dr. Su-san Chang and Deputy Director Dr. Tomonari Watanabe took turns to present the accomplishments of the Center for 2021, as well as the proposed program and budget 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 which has been scheduled on December 7.
FFTC-IPB videoconference tackles advances in agricultural sensors and other ICTs
Nov. 10, 2021
FFTC-IPB videoconference tackles advances in agricultural sensors and other ICTs
Speakers and participants of the FFTC-IPB videoconference pose for a group photo. There were 13 speakers from 6 countries who attended the online videoconference. Technology advances in agricultural sensors and other ICTs in smart farming were the focus of the recently concluded videoconference on “Adaptation and Adoption of Agricultural Sensors, Information Communication Technologies and Smart Supply Chains to Support Smallholder Farmers.” Organized by FFTC and IPB University in Indonesia on September 22, 13 experts from Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea and the Philippines shared their knowledge and perspectives on how technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, computer vision, big data, robotics, etc. could assist Asian farmers not only in increasing the productivity of their crops, but could also significantly reduce the costs of their production. “In these uncertain times when the effects of climate change are no longer just threats but very real, when natural disasters and infectious plant and animal diseases are continuously emerging and destroying our planet in the midst of an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, sharing knowledge and experiences on smart and resilient agriculture is indeed necessary,” says Dr. Su-San Chang, Director of FFTC during her welcome remarks. Speakers in the videoconference are in unison in saying that to be able to keep pace with modern agriculture, small farmers and businesses need to take advantage of the rapid development of ICTs and participate in smart farming systems. The keynote speaker for the policy aspect from IPB University, spoke about the new research agenda focusing on Agro-Maritime 4.0 as a quick response to the challenges of climate change, population growth and sustainable development. A professor from Kyushu University in Japan demonstrated an affordable and effective phenotyping system (a scientific and systematic study of plant traits) with lower input IoT devices and open source software to enhance wider applications of this technology. Similarly, another Japanese scientist from JIRCAS, designed a AI image recognition system carried by a small Unmanned Aerial vehicle (UAV) for weed detection and successfully tested it in the upland rice fields in Laos. Information on the status of updates on ICTs and smart agriculture, successful cases of smart farming systems and supply chains covering crops, livestock and aquaculture can now be accessed and downloaded for free on the FFTC website. This includes support policies and public-private partnership on science and policy interface of smart agricultural technologies. Visit www.fftc.org.tw for more details. FFTC Director Dr. Su-San Chang delivers the welcome remarks and expressed her appreciation to the men and women of IPB University for initiating and helping organize the online videoconference. Professor Kudang B. Seminar of IPB University was the moderator for the Keynote session while Dr. Ernan Rustiadi Head, Research and Community Services (LPPM) delivered his presentation entitled “Implementing Agro-Maritime 4.0 Research Agenda: Linking Science and Policy.”
2021 FFTC-TARI International Webinar on “Proficiency Testing of Soil/Plant Analysis and Workshop on Data Interpretation and Fertilization Recommendation” successfully concluded online on October 22
Nov. 05, 2021
2021 FFTC-TARI International Webinar on “Proficiency Testing of Soil/Plant Analysis and Workshop on Data Interpretation and Fertilization Recommendation” successfully concluded online on October 22
  The 2021 FFTC-TARI Workshop on “Proficiency Testing of Soil/Plant Analysis and Workshop on Data Interpretation and Fertilization Recommendation” was successfully conducted on October 22, 2021. The online workshop was co-organized by FFTC and Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), Council of Agriculture. The workshop had 163 registrants. The participants came mainly from Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia, and a few from Africa and other South-East Asia countries. In the workshop, 10 speakers from 8 countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, the Netherlands, and Vietnam), shared their experiences in soil testing technologies development and fertilization application in their countries and the new soil testing technologies application. Accurate soil/ plant tissue/ fertilizer testing results will help those participating countries to provide their farmers' fertilization recommendations with a more precise and effective fertilizer type and dose to improve the problems of crop nutrient deficiency or soil degradation caused by over-fertilization or insufficient fertilization. In this workshop’s general discussion session, the future development and prospects of the project, the way of international cooperation in the future, and whether the project should be extended to the soil heavy metal testing have also been discussed. Through exchange and discussion among experts from participating countries, we are hoping that we can provide those soil and plant testing laboratories in the Asia-Pacific region with the assistance that can fit their needs better. While helping farmers reduce unnecessary costs and expenses, the project can take into account sustainable agriculture practices that protect the soil. 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 the FFTC website: www.fftc.org.tw/en/activities/detail/166
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
Aug. 04, 2021
2021 DFNet Workshop displayed Opportunities and Challenges of Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) on Global/Local Fruit Markets
Jul. 08, 2021
FFTC holds virtual mid-term TAC meeting
May. 13, 2021
Director Chang hosts welcome dinner for two FFTC newcomers
Apr. 14, 2021
Center welcomes its new Deputy Director
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