- Newsletter 207: Center drafts Strategic Action Plan for 2021-2024
- FFTC drafts a new four-year Strategic Action plan
From April to August, 2019, the FFTC management embarked on a series of “Caravan Tours,” (as shown in the photo) the objective of which is to visit agricultural research institutes, universities and government organizations all over Taiwan and collect information about their vision, mission, research topics and other issues pertaining to the Asian Pacific region.
Following the recommendation of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) members, the Center management has finished drafting the “FFTC Strategic Action Plan Focusing on Holding Workshops and Seminars in 2021-2024.” The 30-page document traces the whole process of coming up with the plan starting with the creation of a task force, a review of the Center’s activities for 2019-2020, doing library research and conducting many meetings. It also discusses the series of caravan tours which went on for five months in which the management visited, met, and discussed with agricultural leaders of Taiwan’s agricultural institutes, agencies, universities, and government organizations to learn and collect information from their ongoing research work and their directions and vision about their relevant research fields. The caravan tours culminated in the conduct of a final consultation meeting with Taiwan’s agricultural experts.
At the 104th Executive Board Meeting held on December 11, 2019, the Director and Deputy Director of FFTC presented the main achievements of the Center for 2019 and their proposed activities for 2020—part of these achievements are also reported in the new Strategic Action Plan for 2021-2024.
The Center’s blueprint
The document also provides a summary of the analysis and results of the said caravan tours and consultation meeting, which led to the creation of an operational strategy and the listing of the Center’s five-program themes. This formed the basis of a blueprint on how FFTC’s workshops and seminars are to be conceptualized, planned and operationalized. The FFTC Strategic Action Plan on Holding Seminars and Workshops in 2021-2024 gives the Center management a clear guide to help prioritize goals, maximize resources, increase the organization’s effectiveness and make better decisions. Part of the inspiration for the crafting of the new Strategic Action Plan is the groundwork done by the United Nations in its plan to achieve food security and improve nutrition for the growing world population and sustainable management of natural resources.
On August 20, 2019, the FFTC management held a consultation meeting with six of Taiwan’s agricultural experts. In that three-hour session, the experts made suggestions on how to improve the Center’s strategic action plan.
The five program themes for 2021-2024
Based on the new inputs as collected, organized and analyzed by the Center management, the FFTC Strategic Action Plan for Holding Seminars and Workshops for the next four years are underpinned based on the following five program themes.
1. Increasing productivity by strengthening agricultural R and D and investments
FFTC intends to pursue activities that will improve agricultural productivity through R&D and investments.It hopes to carry out projects that can contribute to the attainment of Smart Agriculture 4.0. These are projects that can help develop agricultural transport, marketing and irrigation facilities, supply of quality inputs, provision of healthy seeds and seedlings, cooperative farming, land reforms, agricultural education, institutional credit, etc.
FFTC intends to pursue activities that will improve and strengthen agricultural productivity through R&D investments like state-of-the-art green houses.
2. Enhancing food value chains and consumer oriented production
FFTC will spearhead and support the collection of information on food production with the consumers in mind, and will organize activities towards finding smarter ways to produce food and operate food businesses.
3. Promoting climate-smart and resilient agriculture
The Center plans to initiate and organize more activities that will promote climate-smart and resilient agriculture. It aims to design and organize workshops, seminars and training courses which will enable scientists and extension workers in the region to share their knowledge and experiences in climate-smart and resilient agriculture. It also hopes to collect information on themes related to climate-smart agriculture and publish these online or in other forms of publications.
The Center aims to gather experts on agri-food markets and consumer behavior and ask for their support in organizing workshops and seminars revolving around food value chains.
4. Fostering circular agriculture
The center envisions to continue what has been achieved in circular agriculture technologies and make this readily available to farmers. Through the use of environmentally friendly agricultural technologies, recycling or reuse of agricultural wastes and residuals with value-addition can be achieved while at the same time, contribute to the balance of the ecological system.
5. Strengthening resource management and rural development
In the next four years, FFTC aims to touch base with rural development and resource management experts to design and plan activities that could help the theme and emphasize on organizing workshops along the lines of agricultural resource allocation, biomass utilization, local renewable energy and slope land farming.
In the next four years, FFTC aims to touch base with rural development and resource management experts to design and plan activities that could help promote the theme of strengthening resource management and rural resources.
FFTC intends to make the Strategic Action Plan as its basic guide in conceptualizing, planning, organizing, and holding of its workshops, seminars and training courses in the next four years. Once approved by the TAC members, this document will be shared among the Center’s partner organizations in the region as this is also envisioned to be a guiding document when the representatives of FFTC’s partner organizations prepare their project proposals. The Center management hopes that in the next four years, its workshops and seminars will all be based, aligned and attuned to the five program themes mentioned in this Strategic Action Plan.