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A more jazzed-up and re-designed website, more contracted partners and more interesting articles—these are just a few changes  that would pave the way for a better FFTC agricultural policy (FFTC-AP) platform in 2019.

Since its inception in 2013, the FFTC-AP project has been envisioned to be a repository of timely and relevant information on agricultural policy in the Asian and Pacific region. For seven years, the people behind the project have collected almost a thousand articles on agricultural policy issues ranging from trade liberalization measures to land policies, human resources development, production policies, agricultural insurance, risk policies, import regulation quarantine to name a few. These articles are written by well-known agricultural economists, researchers and scholars from China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, etc.

With the AP project proposal for 2019 approved by Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) last February 26, the FFTC management has bigger plans to improve the whole project. First in line is the redesigning of the website to give it a new and fresher look. Its outline has already been drafted and discussed in the recently held AP advisory group meeting, and plans are now underway to construct a more attractive, friendly and interactive AP website.

And speaking of interactive, the management is also in the process of designing a survey questionnaire targeting the AP website users in order to further improve the website which can effectively reflect the needs and interest of its target clientele.

Meanwhile, an AP e-journal will also be launched this year to serve researchers and scholars of agricultural policies not only in the region, but also all over the world. Since the production of an AP e-journal would require the services of a handful of qualified editors and peer evaluators, this would mean the publication of more in-depth and higher quality articles in the future.
As of March 20, 2019, the number of registered visitors has reached 12,022, suggesting a growth ration of 21.9% compared with 9,382 accumulated registration nine months ago. Of this figure, the Philippines ranked on top (27.3%), followed by Malaysia (14.6%), Vietnam (6.0%), Taiwan (5.3%), Thailand (5.3%), Indonesia (5.1%) and India (4.5%). The number of hits per day during the recent three months (Dec. 14, 2018 to March 19, 2019) is 7,552 and the accumulated number of hits of the FFTC-AP website is 6,543,059.

For further information please contact:
Ms. Natalie Lu
Tel : +886-2-2362-6239 #19 
E-mail : natalielupy@fftc.org.tw

The new FFTC-AP website is envisioned to be friendlier and can be accessed in various forms—through smartphones, tablets, iPads, etc. Soon, an AP e-journal will also be launched within the year to serve researchers and scholars of agricultural policies not only in the region, but also all over the world.