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Project 9: FFTC agricultural policy platform (FFTC-AP) (Year 6) 

Type: Database and network
Date and venue: January-December, 2018, Taiwan
Participants: Contracted socioeconomists and partners from 9 countries in the Asian Pacific region and other contributors 
Co-sponsor: Council of Agriculture (COA)

The Agricultural Policy Platform (AP) project (link: has been envisioned to be a repository of timely and relevant information on agricultural policy in the Asian and Pacific region since its inception in 2013. For the past six years, we have reviewed and uploaded almost a thousand articles to our AP website. These articles are totally free of charge and are written by well-known agricultural economists, researchers and scholars from China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and etc. AP website has articles from 14 countries, and articles are categorized into 30 categories. The AP website continues to be a work in progress, facing the challenge of sustaining the agricultural policy articles submitted by the contracted partners.  In order to improve the situation, FFTC is planning to issue an E-Journal to serve researchers and scholars of agricultural policies not only in the region, but also all over the world. The plans are also underway to construct a friendlier and more interactive AP website. FFTC warmly welcomes submission of agricultural policy related articles or translated articles of other languages from researchers, academicians, professional and practitioners. If you are interested, please submit the articles to Ms. Natalie Lu (Email: 

Major performances and achievements

1. There have been 90 agricultural policy articles reviewed, accepted and uploaded between January 1, 2018 and December 6, 2018, with 23 articles translated into Chinese, including six published in the COA magazine, and another 14 papers accepted for publication.
2. The total accumulated number of hits as of November 30, 2018 is 5,707,763, and the average hits per day (August 30, 2018 to November 30, 2018) is 6,749.
3. The number of registered visitors as of November 30, 2018 is 10,909. Among the registered visitors, the Philippines (27.1%), Malaysia (14.5%), and Vietnam (6.1%) are the top three countries.
4. As of November 30, 2018, the top three occupations of the registered visitors are undergraduate students, researchers, and graduates. These three occupations constitute 52.7% (=20+ 17.4+15.3%) of registered visitors. 
5. Visitors from America are the main users of the AP website. They comprise 72% of the top 100 visitors who visit AP website most frequently. 
6. Among 10 most popular articles (according to the number of hits) between October 20, 2017 and October 19, 2018, eight articles are about Philippines and two are about Malaysia.
7. Major Agricultural Statistics for various countries have been updated to 2016, which are available at
8. The number of article categories has been increased from 19 to 30 to reflect the newly developed topics in agricultural policy.
9. The first issue of FFTC Agricultural Policy E-Journal will be issued in year 2019.
10. An extension pamphlet of AP project has been made and disseminated to increase the visibility of AP project and to call for papers and promote the AP website.

Figure 1: The average number of hits (per month/per day). 
X axis: Time 
Y axis: Number of hits

Table 1: The number of articles of each country uploaded to FFTC-AP website
Note: CM is the abbreviation of Cambodia; IDN is Indonesia; KR is Korea; MY is Malaysia; MYN is Myanmar; PH is Philippines; TH is Thailand; VN is Vietnam ; CN is China.

Table 2: The growth rate of accumulative number of hits

Readers can use the QR code scanner app from their mobile phones to scan the code on the left to access the AP website.