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Project 3: Roles of cooperatives in response to changes in food consumption trends


In a time when more families dine out, when women don’t have time to cook, when people don’t mind paying more for healthy meals or for excellent food packaging, experts agree that enhancing the roles of agricultural cooperatives can make the food production and marketing chains more sustainable. It’s going back to the roots of food production that can perpetuate today’s food trends, and working with agricultural cooperatives holds the key to sustainable growth as farmers’ coops support various marketing and supply initiatives in the areas of production, distribution and consumption.

The international seminar on “Enhancing Agricultural Cooperatives Roles in Response to Changes in Food Consumption Trends” gathered agri coops and food industry experts from eight countries in the Asia Pacific region. A joint project of FFTC and the National Training Institute for Farmers’ Organization (NTIFO), the seminar became an avenue to thresh out issues and exchange information on the latest food trends as it relates to agricultural activities.

The first day of the seminar comprised of three presentation sessions consisting of 9 papers, ranging from food production trends and their implications, technical empowerment of agricultural cooperatives, analysis of multi-sectoral business development and roles of agricultural cooperatives, agri cooperative’s roles in food safety value chain, certification and production of geographical indication, greening opportunities, direct marketing of agri products for consumers’ coops and the establishment of sustainable food system. The second and third days were devoted to exposure and educational trips in Taipei city, Nantou and Yunlin counties where the speakers observed and interacted with officers and members of agricultural cooperatives, farmers associations and a pork processing corporation.

Major findings and recommendations:

1.    Review current policies on organic farming and use of pesticides and tie this to the needs of farmers and consumers;
2.    Review laws on protection of rice fields, crop production and soil and water pollution and harmonize these with the laws on environmental protection and health consciousness;
3.    Maximize the use of social media and all forms of communication to promote green practices;
4.    Initiate activities to sustain research and extension activities and push for the institutionalization of green agriculture; and
5.    Strengthen technology awareness through agricultural institutions for easier adoption of new technologies among cooperative members. 

Roles of cooperatives in response to changes in food consumption trends

Held in Taipei, Taiwan, 18-22 September
No. of participating countries: 8 (Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam)
No. of participants: 100
No. of papers presented: 9 
Co-organizer: National Training Institute for Farmers’   Organization (NTIFO), Taiwan

List of papers

1.    Enhancing the role of farmers’ organization in response to changes in food consumption—Taiwan experience
    - Zoun Nan Chou
2.    Perspective on the role of agricultural cooperatives in response to changing food consumption trends in Indonesia
    - Erma Suryani Maslichan
3.    Agricultural development through cooperation between agricultural cooperatives and consumers’ cooperatives in Japan: focusing on direct marketing of agricultural products
    - Yukihisa Yamada
4.    Analysis of multi-sectoral business development and roles of Japan’s agricultural cooperatives 
    - Noriaki Kawasaki
5.    Food consumption trends and implications in Korea
    - Sanghyo Kim
6.    Establishment of a sustainable food system and the role of Hansalim for agriculture and rural areas 
    - Hyung Geun Yoon
7.    Greening opportunities and prospects for Philippine agri-based cooperatives toward a more sustainable food marketing 
    - Karen Quilloy
8.    The role of agricultural cooperatives in certification and production of geographical indication (GI) of rice in Thailand
    - Orachos Napasintuwong
9.    A Vietnamese cooperative’s involvement in food safety value chain: perspective and policies 
    - The Anh Dao

Speakers and participants of the FFTC-NTIFO international seminar on “Enhancing Agricultural Cooperatives Roles in Response to
Changes in Food Consumption Trends” pose for a group photo at the Mellow Fields Hotel in Taipei City.
There are 9 speakers from eight countries who attended the seminar.

Speakers from eight countries (Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam) pose with
FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin and Mr. Chi-Wen Wang, General Secretary of the National Training Institute for Farmers’
Organization or NTIFO.

Thai Kasetsart University Professor Dr. Orachos Napasintuwong receives a certificate of appreciation for being a speaker in the workshop.
She stands in between (left) Mr. Chi-Wen Wang, General Secretary of the National Training Institute for Farmers’
Organization and (right) FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin.

FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin welcomes all the guests and local participants during the opening of
the seminar held at the Mellow Fields Hotel in Taipei city.

There are 100 participants who attend the seminar at the Mellow Fields Hotel in Taipei city.
Some of the attendees are members of farmer’s cooperatives in Taiwan.

FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin exchanges pleasantries with the three seminar speakers: Dr. The Anh Dao, VP of VAAS;
KU Professor Dr. Orachos Napasintuwong;  and Dr. Erma Suryani Maslichan of
the Indonesian Center for Agricultural Socioeconomics and Policy Studies.


Speakers Ms. Karen Quilloy of the University of the Philippines in Los Banos and
Dr. Orachos Napasintuwong chat with FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin before the seminar started.