As an agricultural economist, my role in teaching and research at Kasetsart University, Thailand is to help empower small-scale farmers. This has given me a chance to participate in FFTC activities. The international seminar organized by FFTC and NTIFO in 2017 in Taipei was my first FFTC activity as a speaker to disseminate my view on the role of cooperatives in response to food consumption trend. I was very impressed with the presentations, organization of the seminar, and experiences during the field trip that this network of scholars can generate fruitful discussion and help motivating policy recommendations from our research. This got me into proposing our Faculty of Economics to organize an international seminar on Promoting Rice Farmers' Market through Value-adding Activities in June 2018. Our seminar in Thailand involved speakers mainly from East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia which I believe are areas that FFTC would take more role in. Through these activities, I was later invited to be a contract partner from Thailand to join the Asia-Pacific Agricultural Policy Information Platform. My Thai colleagues and I have identified important current agricultural policy issues in Thailand and provided overview and reflection on the issues through agricultural policy papers. I believe that these policy papers are one good way to share information on situations in different countries and help in disseminating knowledge that is frequently not available in English.
Thanks to FFTC and their persistent work toward improving efficiency of farming community in the past 50 years, we have created a good network of scholars to share information, learn from each other, and produce knowledge that is beneficial to Asia and Pacific agricultural sector. I wish FFTC continued success in its work and elevate the benefits to a more practical and higher level.
Orachos Napasintuwong, Ph.D.
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Faculty of Economics,