The Center's publication program is committed to ensure that the dissemination of agricultural information is focused on the right problem, is relevant and useful, is involving the right users, and is not duplicating the information disseminated by other organizations. The most recent and relevant agricultural technology and information collected by the Center through its various activities are documented and published in the forms of technical and extension bulletins, book series, newsletters, and a yearly publication on statistical agricultural indices in the region.
The sixth issue of this regular annual periodical was published in 2006. It gives an overview of Asian agriculture by showing important agricultural statistics and indicators, including food availability, self-sufficiency rate, and farm size in 21 Asian and Pacific countries. As well as the paper publication, an electronic version is available free of charge on the Center's website (www.fftc.agnet.org).
This book is the proceedings of the international seminar on Technology Development for Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) in Asia and Oceania held on October 24-28, 2005 in Tsukuba, Japan. This volume contains valuable materials on such issues as 1) basic concepts and requirements of GAP to assure food safety in all stages of on-farm and post-production processes; 2) present status and perspectives on GAP and traceability in Asia and Oceania; 3) research and development for environmental impact assessment and risk management; and 4) information technologies to harness GAP and traceability.
This book is the proceedings of the international seminar on Artificial Reproductive Biotechnologies for Buffaloes held on August 29-31, 2006 in Bogor, Indonesia. The volume contains papers on the status and challenges in buffalo production in Asia, as well as on artificial breeding techniques such as artificial insemination (AI), estrus synchronization, embryo transfer, embryo freezing, in vivo maturation (IVM), in vitro fertilization (IVF), and somatic cell cloning for buffalo.
Urban and peri-urban agriculture
The following bulletins are papers presented during the international workshop on Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture (UPA) in the ASPAC Region. These are intended as useful reference materials toward a better understanding of the challenges posed by urbanization, and the way that UPA can confront those challenges and take advantage of opportunities offered by the urban economy.
Agricultural cooperatives in Asia
The following bulletins are based on paper presentations during the international seminar on Agricultural Cooperatives in Asia: Innovations and Opportunities for the 21st Century. The papers contain valuable knowledge and information on successful innovative cooperative practices in view of the changing Asian rural landscape in recent decade, and how cooperatives have contributed greatly to the development of modern agricultural production base and helped strengthen farmer's household economy by facilitating market access and competitiveness.
Database on alien invasive species
The following bulletins, based on papers presented during the international workshop on Development of Database (APASD) for Biological Invasion, discuss the economic damage and ecological impacts caused by these invasive alien species (IAS) in the region and the importance of sharing recent information in resolving and minimizing the damage caused by these species through the APASD database.
Area-wide management of insect pests
Based on paper presentations during the international seminar on Area-wide Management of Insect Pests, the following bulletins showcase the applicability of AWA as integrated into management programs for some key insect pests by small-scale farmers.
Management of soil-rhizosphere system
The following bulletins are based on papers presented during the international workshop on Sustainable Management of Soil Rhizosphere System for Efficient Crop Production and Fertilizer Use. The papers present valuable information on innovative technologies and strategies to maintain good soil fertility, effective fertilizer use, beneficial microorganism populations, and crop quality in the soil-rhizosphere system.
Over the past 36 years, FFTC as a regional information center in the Asian and Pacific (ASPAC) region has played an immensely important role in collecting, exchanging, and disseminating information on a wide range of modern and practical technologies, covering the full spectrum of small farm needs and activities relevant to the region. Through its various activities like seminars and workshops, training courses, and regional surveys, we have accumulated a huge body of knowledge and information on agriculture made possible through the works of hundreds of people from member countries and partner institutions. Disseminated through publications, training courses and demonstration projects, these knowledge and information have given countless resource-poor farmers and extension specialists in the region new opportunities and new solutions to their problems.
Five years ago, the Center made available free-of-charge on its website the full text of all its publications for the last 15 years. Since then, the FFTC website and database has become an important information resource on Asian agriculture, particularly for the national extension systems in the region. The growing use of the FFTC website/publication database gave a larger number of people access to the Center's technical and practical information on sustainable agriculture.
In the five years since it first came online, the level of use of the FFTC website has tended to double each year. The website registered 76,000 requests in 2000; 417,000 requests in 2001; 822,472 in 2002; 1.6 million requests in 2003; 2.3 million requests in 2004; 3.02 million requests in 2005; and 3.12 million requests in 2006.
In 2006, the FFTC website underwent major redesign and renovation to give it a more international presence, and to upgrade its underlying technology to deliver all the functionality required to fully expand its technology dissemination to the widest clients possible. The key features of the renovated website are as follows:
We welcome everyone to this much improved, more user-friendly FFTC website, redesigned and renovated to enhance the Center's technology transfer mission, facilitate interaction and networking among partner institutions within the region, and make possible a more cost-effective way of disseminating practical information to our users, particularly the small-scale farmers.
Figure 1 FFTC Publications
Figure 2 2006 Publications
Figure 3 Use of the FFTC Website and Database, 2000-2006
Figure 4 WWW.FFTC.Agnet.Org
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