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The TAC member management team headed by FFTC Director Dr. Su-San Chang (seated 3rd from left) and Deputy Director Dr. Akira Hasebe (seated rightmost) together with TARI DG Dr. Hsueh Shih Lin (seated leftmost) and COA’s Mr. Vincent Lin (seated 2nd from left) pose for posterity after the three-hour online meeting.
Members of the FFTC Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) were in unison in saying that with the present COVID-19 pandemic, the Center needs to adapt and adjust its activities and projects accordingly. In the recently held 25th TAC Meeting, which for the first time was done via videoconference, the TAC members who are distinguished agricultural scientists and officers from Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam all agree that the Center should contextualize its present and future projects under the pandemic umbrella. This means transitioning to online activities and following the standard protocols in social distancing.
In a closed door half-hour session Chaired by Dr. Masa Iwanaga, President and Director General of Japan International Research Cetner for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), the TAC members came up with the following recommendations which they later presented to the FFTC management: