I had the privilege of working closely with the Food and Fertilizer Technology Center for the Asian and Pacific Region (FFTC) when I was Executive Director (ED) of the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) in 1999-2015. As PCAARRD ED, I had the opportunity to be part of the FFTC Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) in 2002-2014. It was an honor to have worked with prominent agricultural experts in the Asia-Pacific (AP) Region in providing guidance to FFTC on its direction, strategies, and programs. Being a TAC member also ensured that the concerns of PCAARRD in the agriculture, aquatic and natural resources (AANR) sector are represented in FFTC’s strategic plan, programs, and activities.
FFTC has been PCAARRD’s valuable partner in agricultural development in the AP Region for more than 30 years, and it is rare for an international partnership to be active for such a long time. I believe this is because PCAARRD and FFTC have truly shared the same commitment in realizing the development mission of enhancing agricultural productivity, quality, and competitiveness through capacity building, mature technologies, and information dissemination. It had always been pleasant bringing together and uniting neighboring countries for a common goal and sharing worthy ideas, knowledge, and experiences through the various activities PCAARRD had co-sponsored and co-implemented with FFTC. Such activities greatly benefitted researchers, scientists, administrators, policymakers, extension workers, and progressive farmers as they are provided the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the field of agriculture from their more advanced neighboring countries, meet experts from other countries, and at the same time, share their own experiences and expertise. Only with partnerships like this that we can improve and go beyond our capacities amidst the opportunities as well as struggles in the international agricultural environment.
It had been a pleasure to work and interact with the people of FFTC for the mutual interests of PCAARRD and FFTC, of the Philippines and Taiwan, and for the advancement of science and technology in the whole AP Region. It has been a delight to spend hours of work time with you.
My heartfelt congratulations to FFTC and to all its men and women who are dedicatedly working to advance agriculture and improve the lives of our farmers.
Patricio S. Faylon
Executive Director (1999-2015), PCAARRD