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Oct. 26, 2015

Technical advisory seminar—information dissemination strategy in Asia Pacific region

Technical advisory seminar—information dissemination strategy in Asia Pacific region

The FFTC Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is made up of distinguished agricultural scientists and officers in the region and serves to provide policy and advices to the Center. The committee meets once every two years to identify agricultural information needs, evaluate the Center’s programs and activities and make recommendations to further improve future work programs. Ten TAC members attended the meeting and they were: Dr. M. Iwanaga, President and DG of JIRCAS, Japan, Dr. Yeoung-seuk Bae, DG of International Technical Cooperation Center, RDA, Korea, Dr. Yong-Duck Kim, President of “I Love Farm” Campaign Leadership Training Institution, Dato’ Dr. Sharif Haron, DG of MARDI, Malaysia, Mr. Leandro H. Gazmin, Director of Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service, DA, Philippines, Dr. Patricio S. Faylon, Executive Director of PCAARRD, Philippines, Dr. Kuei-Son Sheu, DG of Department of International Affairs, COA, Taiwan, Dr. Junne-Jih Chen, DG of TARI, COA, Taiwan, Dr. Siree Chaiseri, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Kasetsart University, Dr. Nguyen Van Bo, President of VAAS, Vietnam.

The TAC members convened and discussed the program and policy directions that will guide the Center in the translation of the FFTC Strategic Plan framework for 2015-2016. While the FFTC management provided inputs regarding the Center’s activities for the past several years, the TAC members gave constructive criticisms and future direction guidelines.

Major findings and recommendations:

  • Conduct an impact assessment of FFTC programs and activities to identify gaps and areas of improvement;
  • Collect knowledge and experiences of member countries on impact evaluation and make this the baseline for FFTC’s impact assessment;
  • Further develop a knowledge platform, in collaboration with international organizations for key crops and animal technologies required for Small-scale Farmers (SSF) and make this available in usable formats;
  • Clarify target beneficiaries and their needs;
  • Enhance international young farmers’ exchange programs to expand their vision and thinking;
  • Strengthen leverage on international agriculture research centers and member countries for funding and networking;
  • Develop activity to celebrate the International Year of Family Farming;
  • Strengthen the soil and fertilizer components by developing activities anchored on those topics; and
  • Enhance the consultancy system to improve the impacts of FFTC programs.

Looking forward: strategic action plan for 2015-2016

As recommended also by members of the 22nd TAC meeting, FFTC came up with a Strategic Action Plan for 2015-2016, underpinning the five themes:

1. Upholding smallholder agriculture under climate change

FFTC seeks to help vulnerable small-scale agri-food producers in Asia and the Pacific region to become more resilient to global climate changes while mitigating GHG emissions. Toward this end, FFTC will hold a series of regional workshops and seminars for researchers and trainers to accelerate the sharing of success stories and lessons on practices and technologies for adaptation and mitigation measures to cope with climate changes, with serious commitment to addressing the appropriate options, working in strong partnership, and enhancing capacity to solve issues.

2. Promoting food safety with green agriculture

FFTC plans to mobilize the stakeholders in the Asian-Pacific region to share their experience on the following issues and to provide the training opportunities that could help identify and quantify risks and finally generate solutions: Application of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) on farm production and post-processes to minimize food safety risks; focus on organic agriculture; follow traceability practices; and harmonizing standards for food safety and quality.

3. Value-adding in small-scale farming

To help the small-scale farmers secure profitability from value-added enterprises, quality products, good marketing strategies and adequate capital are imperative. Therefore the issues that need to be addressed are: promotion of direct sales of products; enhnacing the role of producer’s organization in the agri-food chain; encouraing good practices and activities of the “Sixth Industrialization of Agriculture” through promotion of farm products; equipping small-scale farmers with entrepreneurial skills and knowledge; and supporting the small-scale farmers to create and maintain their own website and develop their own online marketing.

4. Strengthening small-scale farming under free trade

The elimination of trade barriers such as tariffs has mde the agricultural sector vulnerable to severe competition. But free trade can also open up good opportunities for small-scale farmers. Issues that need to be addressed include: establish of short-term-and long-term strategy/policy for modernization of the agriculture industry; study ways and means to improve the structure and operationalization of marketing systems in developing countries; encourage governments to invest in infrastructure; and improve quarantine system for plant and animal diseases.

5. Encouraging young generation to engage in farming

FFTC seeks to help researchers, experts and policy makers in the Asian region to find the bottlenecks that hinder the entry of young generation into farming and seek viable and practical solutions to enhance their entry into agricultural pursuits as well as import foreign workers in countries like Japan and Korea.

Technical advisory seminar—information dissemination strategy in Asia Pacific region

Held in Taichung, Taiwan  7-10 July, 2014

No. of participating countries:  7 (Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam)

No. of participants: 10 members of TAC and FFTC management

 

The TAC members  and FFTC management pose for posterity during its 22nd meeting with the background of Sun-Moon lake in Nantou county, Taichung, Taiwan 

 

FFTC-TAC member Dr. Siree Chaiseri, Associate Professor and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Kasetsart University greets her fellow members during the meeting’s opening session.

 

TAC member Dr. Nguyen Van Bo, President, Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (middle) exchanges pleasantries with FFTC Director Yu-Tsai Huang (Right) and FFTC Deputy Director Takashi Nagai.

 

 

The FFTC-TAC members are introduced to each other during the opening session. The 10 members are distinguished agricultural scientists and officers in the Asian Pacific region.

 

As recommended by the TAC members, the FFTC management came up with a Strategic Action Plan for 2015-2016.

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