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Israel officials and the new TECO Representative in Tel Aviv visit FFTC
Jan. 19, 2022
Israel officials and the new TECO Representative in Tel Aviv visit FFTC
  Officials of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, led by their Representative, Mr. Omer Caspi, together with Mr. Tslil Lahav, Head of the Trade Mission, and Ms. Elsa Hsieh, Senior Trade Officer, recently paid a courtesy call to FFTC to learn more about the Center’s activities and explore possible areas of collaboration. Accompanied by Ms. Abby Ya-Ping Lee, new Representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Tel Aviv, and Sharif Fang, Section Chief of the East Mediterranean and North Africa Section of Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the whole delegation was welcomed by FFTC Director Dr. Su-San Chang and Deputy Director Dr. Tomonari Watanabe. Both Drs. Chang and Watanabe briefed the delegates about the Center’s vision, mission, past and current activities, and possible linkages between Israel and FFTC in the future.
VECO Courtesy Call
Jan. 18, 2022
VECO Courtesy Call
  On January 10, Director Dr. Su-San Chang and Deputy Director Dr. Tomonari Watanabe paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Vu Tien Dung, the new Representative of the Vietnam Economic and Cultural Office (VECO) in Taipei who is also the new FFTC Executive Board member. Representative Mr. Vu assumed his duties last December.  Director Dr. Chang briefed him about the Center’s business and presented the Center’s current project collaborations with Vietnamese partner institutions, including the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS) and the Southern Horticultural Research Institute (SOFRI). Mr. Vu appreciated FFTC's contributions to promote international agricultural collaborations in the Asian and Pacific region, in which Vietnam also benefits from those collaborations and partnerships. The two leaders also exchanged thoughts about current agricultural issues, such as carbon-neutral agriculture, climate change, cross-border plant pests and diseases, smart agriculture and agricultural commodity value chains and marketing. Mr. Vu said VECO promises its continuous support to FFTC.
FFTC family visits MDARES
Dec. 28, 2021
FFTC family visits MDARES
  The whole FFTC staff and management recently went on an educational trip and visited the Miaoli District Agricultural Research and Extension Station (MDARES) in Western Taiwan. FFTC Director Dr. Su-San Chang and Deputy Director Dr. Tomonari Watanabe led the Center staff in meeting Dr. Hsiu-Ying Lu, Director of MDARES. The group had a first-hand experience in making jellies out of an indigenous jelly fig (Ficus pumila var. awkeotsang), which was demonstrated by Dr. Mei-Chun Lu, Researcher and Chief of the Agricultural Extension Division. Director Hsiu-Ying Lu also toured and guided the group at the Bee Museum and Taiwan Sericulture Museum. The FFTC staff also went to the Farmers’ Association of Gongguan Township of Miaoli County to learn the major agricultural products and processed products in this area. Later they went to MDARES’s Biological Control Branch where they were briefed by Ms. Pei-Che Chung, Associate Researcher and Branch Chief about their research output utilizing biological agents. They were briefed on the station’s research projects on artificial propagation and rearing of natural enemies for the biological control of Lychee Stinkbug and Diamondback Moth of Cruciferae to further avoid damage to fruit and vegetable yield. Later in the day, the FFTC staff went strawberry picking at a nearby strawberry farm, where several biological control methods have been already introduced.
FFTC’s EB approves 15projects for 2022
Dec. 10, 2021
FFTC’s EB approves 15projects for 2022
  FFTC’s five Executive Board (EB) members who attended the Center’s 106th Board Meeting on December 7, approved 15 project proposals, including 8 workshop projects, 4 network projects, one TAC meeting and two regular programs for 2022. After FFTC Director Dr. Su-San Chang and Deputy Director Dr. Tomonari Watanabe took turns in presenting FFTC’s main accomplishments and performance for the year, Deputy Director Dr. Watanabe presented the list of proposed projects for 2022 which includes topics for workshops on climate change and food system, innovations in 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. Aside from these approved 8 workshop projects, the FFTC EB also approved the continuation of the 4 network projects: FFTC Agricultural Policy Platform (AP), the Dragon Fruit (DFNet), the Soil Testing/Plant Analysis Proficiency Testing (PT) and the Knowledge Management (KM) Projects. All 12 projects as well as the regular projects are aligned to 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 on November 9. This year Dr. Reynaldo Ebora, Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquaculture Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), and a member of FFTC’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), joined the meeting as an online observer. As a TAC representative, Dr. Ebora said the TAC members appreciate the Center’s efforts in effectively collaborating with all its partner institutes and agencies in different countries. He commented that FFTC’s networking activities are very remarkable and lauded the Center’s agricultural policy platform. None of these he said could have materialized without the strong leadership of Director Su-San Chang and the hardworking efforts of her efficient staff. Mr. Mitsuaki Hoshino, Chief Deputy Representative of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, is this year’s Acting Chairperson of the Executive Board. Other EB members present during the meeting include Mr. Vincent Lin, Director General of COA’s Department of International Affairs (representing COA Minister Chi-Chung Chen), Mr. Soon-Chang Hong, Deputy Representative, Korean Mission in Taipei, Mr. Wifredo Fernandez, Chairman and Representative of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) and Mr. Nguyen Manh Thao, who represented Mr. Nguyen Anh Dong, Representative of the Vietnam Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei (VECO). Other observers and guests present during the meeting are: Mr. Nobuyuki Shikasho of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Ms. Maria Bettina Fernandez and Ms. Irene Joan Tan of MECO, and Mr. Jason Chun-I Liu of the COA.    
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. 
Jan. 19, 2022
Israel officials and the new TECO Representative in Tel Aviv visit FFTC
Jan. 18, 2022
VECO Courtesy Call
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