I am very happy to write this congratulatory message to the management and staff of FFTC, with whom I have been a part of as Director of the Center for three and half years. Those were very productive and happy years, with the whole team rising up to the challenges of working on tight budgets and limited manpower. But we soldiered on because we believe we had a good platform and a clear vision of how we want to humbly contribute to the development of agriculture in the Asian and Pacific Region.
It was during my term when we started a production and marketing survey of tropical fruits in the Southeast Asian region, in which dragon fruit emerged as one of the most promising tropical fruits because of its innate health benefits and exotic look and taste. That was the start of a long running series of workshops on the development of the dragon fruit industry in the region, which I am glad still continues up to this day.
Another project which we spearheaded was the Agricultural Policy Platform, which essentially is a formation of an online database of agricultural policy articles in the region. We believe that this platform could serve the researchers, scholars and policymakers in understanding the various facets of agricultural policies in Asia. I am just very glad that these two projects are still ongoing and that they have taken what we have envisioned them into a higher level.
I wish the management and staff of FFTC continued success, and for its network to continue to grow and expand in order to serve more people in agriculture. I hope that as agricultural technologies become more sophisticated, FFTC can continue to be the instrument to bridge the technology gaps that exist between developed and developing countries. Cheers to more years of dedicated service and success!
Yu-Tsai Huang, Ph.D.
Food and Fertilizer Technology Center for the Asian and Pacific Region (FFTC)