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Expanding networks

Other activities

FFTC also engages in other activities. The benefits of other activities include building and strengthening networks, helping promote the Center, increasing corporate visibility, and creating new opportunities for partnerships. Other activities include visiting farmers, private sector and government agencies, giving speeches and lectures to international conferences and academic institutions, participating in agricultural meetings and conferences, paying and receiving courtesy calls, meeting with members of the private sector, attending international agricultural exhibitions and conferences, hosting dinners and meetings with agricultural leaders, inviting private sector, farmers and farmers’ organizations to participate in the activities, and etc.

Future plans include strengthening the existing tie-ups with member countries and network, engage and invite members of the private sector in Center activities, organize a big symposium in 2020 for FFTC’s 50th anniversary, re-establish tie-ups with original partners like Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia, establish linkages with other possible Asian partners like India, Sri-Lanka, Myanmar, etc. and promote mutual visits and exploring the possibilities of mutual cooperation.

The following is a rundown of the lectures, meetings, conferences, courtesy calls, etc. which FFTC sponsored and/or participated in.


FFTC Director Dr. Kuo Ching Lin (seated 3rd from left) meets Dr. Siree Chaiseri (seated 2nd from left), Vice President for Research of Kasetsart University (KU) and other top officials of the prestigious University. The occasion was the FFTC-MARDI-PCAARRD-KU Planning Session Meeting at the Agriculture Resource Economics Department, KU, Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Lin met representatives of the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Philippine Council for Agriculture Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development and Kasetsart University to discuss the details of a workshop and seminar on value adding activities on rice and capacitating the youth on agriculture which took place at the KU on June 5-9, 2018.

I. Speeches, lectures and interview

a. Workshop on national land planning
February 2, 2018, Taichung, Taiwan
Director Dr. Lin was a discussant in the workshop

b. Issues on agricultural insurance
February 6, 2018, Taipei, Taiwan
Director Dr. Lin was interviewed by reports of the Economic Times

c. Communication summit on national land plan
April 12, 2018, Ministry of Interior, Taipei, Taiwan
Director Dr. Lin served as a speaker

d. Land policy for sustainable development
May 2, 2018, International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training 
Director Dr. Lin delivered a lecture to government officials from various countries.

e. Sustainable agricultural and food development
May 3, 2018, International Cooperation and Development Fund
Director Dr. Lin delivered a three-hour lecture to the government officials from Latin America.

f. Rural development and sustainable land uses
May 8, 2018, International Cooperation and Development Fund
Director Dr. Lin delivered a three-hour lecture to government officials from Latin America.

g. Dr. Vandana Shiver Forum of the Asia-Pacific Symposium of Agriculture and Food Ethics Conference
May 10, 2018, Taipei, Taiwan
Director Dr. Lin delivered a speech on “Paradigm shift and sustainability of agriculture.”

h. 50th anniversary and conference of the international center for land policy studies and training
May 25, 2018, Regent hotel, Taipei
Director Dr. Lin attended and participated in the event.

i. “2018 organic agricultural forum: health, sustainable new agriculture”
August 7, 2018, Yongsun culture and education foundation, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Director Dr. Lin delivered a speech entitled “How to integrate the functions of different ministries to effectively promote the organic agriculture.”

j. “The challenge of food and agriculture in developing countries in the era of globalization”
October 9, 2018, International center for land policy studies and training
Director Dr. Lin delivered a three-hour lecture to government officials of various countries.

k. Rural regeneration forum
December 18, 2018, National Taiwan University
Director Dr. Lin delivered a speech at the rural regeneration summit meeting on rural 
spatial and environmental planning. This was organized by the Council of Agriculture


On September 27, 2018, Director Dr. KuoChing Lin and Deputy Director Dr. Akira Hasebe pay a courtesy call to Dr. Makoto Nakatani, Senior Vice President (front row, on the right) at the headquarters of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) in Tsukuba, Japan. Discussion centered mostly on future areas of collaboration between FFTC and NARO. Others in the photo are Dr. Atsuro Matsuda, Vice President (back row, second on the right) and Mr. Masato Shirai, Coordinator (back row, first on the left).

II. Visits and meetings in other countries

a. Preparatory organizing meeting for Bangkok workshop
March 4-8, 2018, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand
Director Dr. Lin, Information Officer Ronald Mangubat and Assistant researcher Ms. Keziah Wei attended the meeting together with representatives from KU, MARDI and DOST-PCAARRD.

b. Promoting Rice Farmers’ Market through Value-Adding Activities
June 5-9, 2018, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand
Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin, Information officer Mr. Ronald Mangubat and Assistant
Researcher Ms. Keziah Wei attended the seminar. Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin, the Acting President of Kasetsart University Dr. Chongrak Wachinrat and the Dean of Faculty of Economics, Dr. Vijitsri Sanguanwongse delivered opening remarks.

c. Visit to NARO Headquarters
August 31, 2018, NARO Headquarters, Tsukuba, Japan
Deputy Director Akira Hasebe met with NARO’s Dr. Matsuda and his collegaues concerning next year’s projects.

d. Visit to Seoul 
September 2, 2018, Seoul Korea
Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin met Dr. Im Jeon-Bin (Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, College of Agricultural and Life Science, Seoul National University) in Seoul, Korea discussing highlights of agricultural policy updates in Korea. 

e. Visit to KREI
September 3, 2018, 
Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin visited Korean Rural Economic Institute (KREI) in Naju city, Korea and met President Dr. Kim Chang-Gil discussing potential future collaboration between KREI and FFTC.

f.  Visit to Rural Development Administration (RDA), Korea
September 4, 2018, 
Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin visited Rural Development Administration (RDA) in Jeonju city, Korea and paid a courtesy call to Dr. Lee Jiweon, Director General of Technology Cooperation Bureau. Dr. Kwon, Director of International Technology Cooperation Center chaired a meeting with visiting delegate to discuss issues of mutual interest.

g. Visit to NARO Headquarters
September 27, 2018, NARO, Tsukuba, Japan
Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin and Deputy Director Dr. Akira Hasebe paid a courtesy visit to Dr. Makoto Nakatani, Senior Vice President of NARO, Dr. Atsuro Matsuda, Vice President, Mr. Masto Shirai, Coordinator and Dr. Sohei Kobayashi, Head of the International Relations Office, at NARO headquarters. A meeting was held and chaired by Dr. Makoto Nakatani, Senior Vice President of NARO to discuss issues of common interest 

h. Visit to JIRCAS
September 27, 2018, JIRCAS, Japan
Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin and Deputy Director Dr. Akira Hasebe paid a courtesy visit to Dr. Masa Iwanaga, President of JIRCAS.

i.  Visit to MARDI
October 2, 2018, MARDI headquarters, Selangor, Malaysia
Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin visited the MARDI headquarters and met with Dr. Mohamad Roff Bin Mohd Noor, Director General of MARDI. They had a very fruitful discussion on the future cooperation issues. Dr. Noor, Director General of MARDI also called a meeting together with two Deputy Director Generals and Directors of MARDI to discuss how to strengthen the cooperative efforts in the future. 

j.  Visit to Vietnam
November 5-8, 2018, Hanoi, MyTho and Ho Chi Minh cities
Director Dr. Lin and Assistant Researcher Ms. Keziah Wei visited the Soils and Fertilizers Research Institute (SFRI), the Plant Protection and Research Institute (PPRI), the Southern Horticultural Research Institute (SOFRI) and the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS) and met their top officials to strengthen linkages with these organizations and discussed about future projects.


The leaders of MARDI, PCAARRD and FFTC meet in Malaysia. (From L to R) Datuk Dr. Mohamad Roff Bin Mohd Noor, Director General of MARDI, Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora, Acting Executive Director of PCAARRD and FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin are all partners in the promotion of sustainable agriculture in the Asian Pacific region.


III. Foreign guests visit FFTC

a. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) 
February 9, 2018, 
A delegation of 6 members led by Director Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit Jr. visited FFTC. 

b. The National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO)
March 14, 2018, 
Dr. Akira Hasebe, Vice President of NARO, and appointed Deputy Director of FFTC, paid a courtesy call to FFTC.

c. Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
June 29, 2018, 
Mr. Kazuhiro Takahashi, Director General of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Food Department, JETRO visited FFTC.

d. KREI (Korea Rural Economic Institute) and KRC (Korea Rural Community Corporation) 
July 18, 2018, 
five delegates from the said organizations visited FFTC to discuss related agricultural land policy reform issues.

e. Korea Institute for Cooperative Development (KICD)
October 2, 2018, 
Dr. Chan-Ik Chun, former FFTC agricultural economist together with a senior consultant of Korea Institute for Cooperative Development (KICD) visited FFTC.


FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin participates in the symposium on "The Income Stabilization Strategy in Response to Trade Liberalization" organized by the Rural Economics Society of Taiwan, at the Council of Agriculture. Three speakers introduce the relevant agricultural policies of Taiwan, Japan, Korea and the EU.

IV. Visits of local guests to FFTC

a. Mr. J. Y Chang, President of Chi-Mei Community College and Ms. S. Y. Kang, Chief Editor of Harvest Farm Magazine paid a courtesy call to FFTC on January 5, 2018.

b. Mr. Chi-Ming Hsu, Ex-Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Agricultural Finance, visited FFTC on January 24, 2018.

c. Professor Dr. Chien-Hsien Yen of Jin-Wen University and Dr. Chen-Te Huang, Director of Agricultural Policy Research Center of Agricultural Technological Research Institute visited FFTC on January 25, 2018.

d. Dr. Hong-Chi Yang, Deputy Director General of the Forestry Bureau of the Council of Agriculture, visited FFTC on February 6, 2018. 

e. Dr. J. C. Hung, Director General of International Affairs of Council of Council, visited FFTC on April 2, 2018.

f.  Mr. Albert T. K. Wen, the new chief of Section for International Organizations, Department of International Affairs, COA, visited FFTC on June 19, 2018. 

g. Dr. Su-Jein Chang, the Chief of the Crop Improvement Section of Miaoli District Agricultural Research and Extension Station, visited the Center on September 25, 2018.  

V. Visits to local partners and institutes

a. Visit to Taoyuan District Agriculture Research and Extension Station (TDARES), COA
May 10, 2018, 
FFTC, together with the company officials from TDARES FFTC visited the intelligent green house, specifically the experimental cultivation of vanilla. FFTC team also had a study tour of the Agricultural exposition in Taoyuan.

b. Courtesy call to Dr. J. C. Chen, Deputy Minister of Agriculture
June 29, 2018, 
Director Dr. Lin paid a courtesy call to Dr. Chen

c. Visit to National Taiwan University (NTU)
July 2, 2018, 
Director Dr. Lin visited Professor Dr. F. S. Lu, the Dean of Bio-resource and Agriculture College, National Taiwan University to discuss the issues related to international workshop.

d. Visit to Department of Farmers’ Service 
July 3, 2018, 
Director Dr. Lin visited Mr. J. W. Ju, Director General of to discuss the issues related to international workshop.

e. Visit to National Taiwan University
July 17, 2018, 
Director Dr. Lin visited Professor Dr. D. D. Lin, Vice President of NTU to discuss issues related to the international workshop.

f.  Visit to the Department of International Affairs, COA
August 1, 2018, 
Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin, Administrative Assistant Mr. Charles Wu and Ms. Chia-Chuan Chang visited COA to discuss the trips to Korea and Vietnam.

g. Visit to Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI)
August 9, 2018, 
Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin and Assistant Researcher Ms. Keziah Wei visited TARI and talked to Dr. Junne-Jih Chen, Director General and Dr. J. J. Chang, Director of Plant Pathology Division. 

h. Visit to the International Economic Cooperation Association of Taiwan
September 19, 2018, 
Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin and Secretary Ms. Chia-Chuan Chang met Mr. Henry Kao, Chairman of International Economic Cooperation Association of Taiwan to discuss the paper presentation in the CACCI conference in Istanbul, Turkey on November 23-24. Director Dr. Lin is invited to give a speech in the agricultural forum in this conference.

i.  Visit to the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, NTU
September 27, 2018, 
Assistant Researcher Ms. Jennifer Lii visited Professor Wei-Chiang Shen of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, National Taiwan University and discussed potential areas of cooperation. 

VI. Fellowships and partnerships

a. FFTC Year-end dinner
December 19, 2018, Shanghai Country Restaurant, Taipei.

b. Liu-Gong Irrigation Association Year-end Party
January 26, 2018, 
Director Dr. Lin was invited to attend the year-end party of Liu-Gong Irrigation Association.

c. FFTC End of Lunar New Year Dinner
February 8, 2018, 
Kao Chi Restaurant-Fu-Xing store. There were 27 members who attended this dinner, including FFTC staff and guests from COA, MOFA, WVC, etc.

d. Year-end party of AVRDC-The World Vegetable Center
February 9, 2018, Shanhua, Tainan

e. Director Dr. Lin was invited to attend the year-end party of AVRDC-The World Vegetable Center in Tainan.

f.  Lunar new year banquet of the Agricultural Policy Research Center of Agricultural Technological Research Institute
February 22, 2018, Taipei, Taiwan

g. FFTC was invited to this lunar new year banquet

h. Year-end party, Ministry of foreign affairs (MOFA)
February 27, 2018, MOFA, Taipei, Taiwan

i.  Director Dr. Lin was invited to attend lunar new year banquet

j.  Lunar new year party of National Training Institute for Farmers’ Organizations (NTIFO) 
March 2, 2018, NTIFO, Tienmu, Taipei, Taiwan
Director Dr. Lin attended the said event.

k.  Farewell party for Deputy Director Dr. Akio Takenaka 
March 30, 2018, Howard Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan

l.Welcome party for Dr. Akira Hasebe and Mrs. Chieko Hasebe and Ms. Chia Chuan Chang
May 28, 2018, Howard Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan

m. National Day reception
October 10, 2018, Taipei, Taiwan

n. Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin and Deputy Director Dr. Akira Hasebe were invited to attend the National Day Reception hosted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Taipei Guest House.