FFTC work program for 2015: Seminars and workshops
FFTC external review
1)To assess the extent by which the objectives of the Center has been achieved; 2)To identify the activities which need to be sustained, expanded or discontinued. To formulate recommendations on what directions FFTC should focus on and put into place a monitoring and evaluation system for its programs and activities
Seminars and workshops—Integration of climate change adaptation and mitigation measures for small-scale rice cultivation
To accelerate the sharing of successful stories and lessons on practices and technologies for adaptation and mitigation measures for rice cultivation to cope with climate change.
Cultivating the next generation of farmers with farmland policy implication
To find a better way for governments to prepare the appropriate policies for young beginners to purchase or rent farmlands or for existing young farmers to increase their farmland size.
Improving marketing efficiency—the role of agricultural cooperatives
To discuss among specialists to find better ways to enhance food marketing efficiencies under the recent fast changes in agricultural marketing circumstances mainly through agricultural cooperatives.
Risk management of agrochemicals through novel technologies for food safety in Asia
To bring together community leaders, scientists, and policymakers to promote and enhance program collaborations to effectively address regional, national and local responses in minimizing the use of chemicals in crop production.
Smart use of fertilizers to improve crop production and soil conservation
This seminar aims to introduce the farmers to the smart use of fertilizers and teach them the mechanics and operation of friendly electronic gadgets in order to accurately utilize fertilizers, design fertilizer programs, interpret soil data, etc.
Dairy herd improvement by the use of reproductive biotechnology
To provide a forum for experts, practitioners, scholars and trainees in the region and share experiences on the latest updates on biotechnology as well as exchange valuable information to country partners on genetic improvement of dairy cows.
Improving integrated crop management for safe production of pitaya (dragon fruit)
To conduct hands-on practices on diagnosis of major pitaya diseases; to showcase advanced integrated crop management and good agricultural practices for pitaya production and to demonstrate mass production of healthy pitaya planting materials.
Establishment of database for tropical fruit sector development in Southeast Asia
To acquire up-to-date information on the prevailing status of tropical fruit production, processing, marketing, exportation, importation, intellectual property rights (IPRs) of innovation, quarantine regulations, grading and safety standards, etc. in selected countries in the Asian Pacific region.
Asia Pacific information platform on agricultural policy (Year 3)
To promote communication between countries in the Asia-Pacific region regarding their respective national agricultural policies, this hopefully can contribute to the likely formation of mutually consented policies at the regional level and continue the operations of a database of national agricultural policies and exchange this across different countries.
In 2015, one of the projects which the Center will focus on is the conduct of a workshop on improving marketing efficiency—the role of agricultural cooperatives.
One of the projects in 2015 is to conduct a workshop on smart use of fertilizers to improve crop production and soil conservation.
Food production, food safety and food security remain to be priority themes or topics of FFTC on which most of its activities are anchored on.