- Newsletter 207: Center drafts Strategic Action Plan for 2021-2024
- FFTC-AP platform bares its plans for 2020
Plans are underway to construct a friendlier, more visually appealing and interactive FFTC-AP website which the management hopes could be launched within the year.
From the onset, the FFTC Agricultural Policy Platform is envisioned to be a repository of data on agricultural policy in the Asian Pacific region. It started small in 2013, with only a handful of contributors composed of agricultural economists in selected Asian countries. The project’s goal is to promote communication between countries in the Asia-Pacific Region regarding their respective national agricultural policies and establish a database of national agricultural policies across different regions. The FFTC-AP offers a platform for professors, government officials, researchers, extension workers, private sectors, students and farmers to retrieve needed information.
Now, eight years later, nine contracted partners from Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam have joined the FFTC-AP platform writing updates on various aspects of agricultural policies in their respective countries under various categories ranging from trade liberalization countermeasures, to agricultural risk management, marketing cooperatives, farmers’ welfare, environment, etc.
As of March 6, 2020, the FFTC-AP project has been approved by the Council of Agriculture to continue its operation. Twenty-one agricultural policy papers have been submitted to the FFTC-AP project between December 3, 2019 and March 30, 2020. The cumulative number of hits of FFTC-AP website exceeded 10,000,000 in February, and as of March, more than 16,000 users have registered in the FFTC-AP website.
Meanwhile, as of March 11, 2020, 1,021 papers have been reviewed, revised and uploaded to the FFTC-AP website.
Plans for 2020
Aiming to improve on what it has started, the FFTC management hopes to go a notch higher and publish its first issue of an E-Journal called the FFTC Journal of Agricultural Policy. Plans are underway to collect articles with more depth and have it peer reviewed for more quality content. At the same time, the Center hopes to invite more writers from both the public and private sectors to become contributors for both the AP website and the E Journal. Lastly, plans are also underway to construct a friendlier, more visually appealing and interactive website which the management hopes could be launched within the year.
To know more about the FFTC-AP website, visit us at http://www.ap.fftc.agnet.org